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Hundreds Rally In D.C. Following Ousted Egyptian President Morsi

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President Obama may have already left for vacation, but that didn't stop a few hundred protestors from rallying on Pennsylvania Avenue Saturday.

Some local Egyptian Americans in Washington want Obama to take a more active role in Egypt.

Some protesters had signs reading, "Free Egypt Now." Others had photos of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

But Wael Elkoshairi, one of the rally organizers, says it's not about Morsi.

"Egypt was on the path to democracy," says Elkoshairi. "He had three more years. He could have been voted out. This would have for the first time put us into a democratic system that has some legitimacy."

Another local activist, Amin Mahmoud, says he was never a big Morsi supporter, but since his ouster, the bad old days have returned to Egypt.

"They arrest people, they close some newspapers, they arrest some people and give them fake charges in the name of national security," he says.

He and other local protestors want Obama to formally recognize Morsi's ouster as a coup d'état, and to pressure the Egyptian government on human rights.

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