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Egyptian Christians Hold Nashville Protest

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (NewsChannel 5/AP) - A group of Egyptian Christians from Coptic churches around Nashville gathered Monday to proclaim their support of the Egyptian military and denounce Islamist violence against Christians.

The protest in downtown Nashville comes amid increasing pressure on President Barack Obama's administration to take some sort of action against the military for what many see as a coup d'etat against deposed President Mohammed Morsi.

One of the organizers of the protest was Sherif Barsoum. He said the protesters want to tell Congress and Obama that Morsi's overthrow was the will of the people.

"This is not a coup. This is the continuation of a revolution that is people's revolution and we want to make sure that we get a hold of that revolution and are in control of that revolution," said Barsoum.

Over the past week, almost 1,000 people have died in clashes between Egyptian security forces and Morsi's Islamist supporters. Meanwhile, Islamists have attacked dozens of Coptic churches along with homes and businesses owned by the Christian minority.

Demonstrator Samy Ayoub said he tries to speak with his parents in Egypt every few days. "The army is all over Egypt. The police is all over Egypt. But at the same time it's terrifying because you're not sure what will happen next," added Ayoub.

There are Egyptians who support Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, though they didn't attend Monday's protest. Coptics told NewsChannel 5 they aren't after a Christian candidate, but anyone who represents both Christians and Muslims in Egypt.

(Copyright NewsChannel5 and The Associated Press.)

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