By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 23:49 GMT, 15 July 2012
Hillary Clinton was targeted by protesters who threw tomatoes and their own shoes at her motorcade during a visit to Egypt on Sunday.
Demonstrators also mockingly chanted 'Monica, Monica' in reference to Bill Clinton's extra-marital affair.
The Secretary of State was on her first trip to Egypt since the election of the country's new Islamist President, Mohammed Morsi.
During the protests in Alexandria, a tomato struck an Egyptian official in the face, and shoes and a water bottle landed near the armoured cars carrying Mrs Clinton's aides.
A senior State Department official said that neither Mrs Clinton nor her vehicle, which were around the corner from the incident, were struck by any of the projectiles.
As well as the shouts of 'Monica', some demonstrators chanted, 'Leave, Clinton.'
The assault on her motorcade came on the day Mrs Clinton spoke at the newly re-opened U.S. consulate in Alexandria, addressing accusations that the U.S., which had long supported former president Hosni Mubarak, was meddling in Egyptian politics.
'I want to be clear that the United States is not in the business, in Egypt, of choosing winners and losers, even if we could, which of course we cannot,' Mrs Clinton said.
During her speech, Mrs Clinton said: 'When we talk about supporting democracy, we mean real democracy.
'To us real democracy means that every citizen has the right to live, work and worship as they choose, whether they are man or woman, Christian or Muslim.
'Real democracy means that no group or faction or leader can impose their will, their ideology, their religion, their desires on anyone else.'
That was a message she is likely to have repeated in meetings on Sunday with women and Christians, both groups that fear their rights may be curtailed under a Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government.
'She wanted, in very, very clear terms, particularly with the Christian group this morning, to dispel that notion and to make clear that only Egyptians can choose their leaders, that we have not supported any candidate, any party, and we will not,' a senior official told reporters.
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