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A man holds up an image of US President Barack Obama sporting a beard during a rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square on July 7, 2013. Opponents of Egypt's deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi packed Tahrir Square in the tens of thousands to show the world his ouster was not a military coup but a reflection of the people's will.
Cairo's Tahrir Square on Sunday filled with supporters of the Egyptian military, demonstrating in favor of the army's actions to remove President Mohammed Morsi and blasting those who have called the leader's ouster a military coup and not a revolution.
Street clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents in recent days have claimed more than 30 lives.
On Sunday, it was tens of thousands of people gathered in the infamous focal point of the Arab Spring to voice support for the military, whose leaders removed the democratically elected president Morsi last week and put him under house arrest.
"It's not an army decision it's our revolution, this is the way that we choose it and we thank the army for supporting us for this decision," Nasham Basharah told NBC News while demonstrating in the square.
Brashoursh Al Kashef, a female American-Egyptian citizen, called the recent developments the second leg of the 2011 Arab Spring.
"What is happening here is not democracy, what is happening here is dictatorship. [Morsi] had the power in his hand, he took the power from the people, he did not listen to the people, the people did not have any choice but for Army to protect them," she said.
Demonstrators held signs that read "Egypt: A revolution not a coup" and others held signs with an 'X' over President Barack Obama's face. The anti-American sentiment stems from a perception by some that Obama was not supportive of the army's actions to overthrow Morsi.
Some held signs showing Obama with a beard in an attempt to depict him as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Obama has not characterized the events in Egypt as either a coup or revolution, and administration officials have said the U.S. government would not back any of the country's political parties or military.
Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement Saturday, "We firmly reject the unfounded and false claims by some in Egypt that the United States supports the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood or any specific Egyptian political party or movement."
Obama on Saturday condemned the violence in Egypt while members of Congress have called for a review of the $1.5 billion in annual assistance given to Egypt, much of which goes to the military.
U.S. law states that aid to a country must be cut off when a democratically elected government is deposed by military coup or decree.
"This is not a coup. The American people has to understand that this is the will of the Egyptian people," said Al Kashef. "We are here because President Morsi did not implement democracy."
First published July 7 2013, 4:49 PM