WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Thousands of miles away from the bloodshed and carnage, a bullhorn, a few dozen protestors with signs and clashes of a smaller size served as a microcosm of the larger unrest in Egypt.
About 50 protesters, some who may be part of the Muslim Brotherhood, and some who may support ousted President Mohammed Morsi, held down the corner of L and 26th Streets NW in front of the Egyptian Embassy's Military Office.
Abraham Darwish of Cairo was among them. He explains why they were there, "They had democratically elected a government and then a military official said to the people we don't care about your vote."
Omniah Ebid just moved to DC from Egypt and was walking home when she saw the rally. She disagrees with the crowd of Morsi's sympathizers, "This is all nonsense. They have been firing at people randomly in their homes. It's horrible, they're trying to burn down the entire country to the ground, and make it look like they're being massacred when in fact they've terrorized the entire country." She says she worries for her parents who are still in Cairo.
Darwish says the protesters side is very different, "This is not true, as we've seen in the media many times they say that the brotherhood are the people that are protesting but the brotherhood are not millions of people and I personally am not part of the brotherhood but I see what's happening in Egypt is wrong."
The differences of opinion on this D.C. block are very different than the conflict in Egypt.
Here both sides peaceably coexist, while in Egypt, people are jumping clear off bridges to escape being gunned down. If this violence doesn't sock you in the gut, Sami Elzaharna of Bowie says maybe more in the U.S. would care, if they knew that $1.3 billion tax dollars of ours goes straight to Egypt's military.
"People should know what's going on, they should know where their tax dollars are going. It's the responsibility of the government to act responsibility with that money," Elzaharna said.
According to a Congressional Research Service report, the U.S. has been handing over 1.3 billion in military aid every year since 1987.