'If you're quiet about it, it means you want the killing to happen'

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- In Egypt's bloodiest day since the Arab Spring began, riot police Wednesday smashed two protest camps of supporters of the deposed Islamist president, touching off street violence that officials said killed nearly 300 people and forced the military-backed interim leaders to impose a state of emergency and curfew.

Egypt is not only a critical American alley in the Middle East, but it is home to relatives of hundreds of local families. Many of those families took to the streets of Bellevue Wednesday night to condemn the violence and rally support.

"Who's happy with the blood? Who can feel comfort when he sees people murdered?" said Hatim Aiad, who was born in Cairo and attended Wednesday's protests.

Hundreds were killed in 12 hours of Chaos earlier Wednesday in Cairo. Video shows snipers firing into crowds of civilians, and that image hit home for 13-year-old Muhammed Abdel Motagaly.

"It's unbelievable," he said. "And there's snipers and they're not just shooting, they're shooting to kill in the neck, in the head, in the chest. It's hard."

The east side has a large Egyptian-American community, and many came out on Wednesday to plead for peace in their native land.

"Part of me is relieved that I'm over here because I'm safe, but also the other part of me really is sad because this is my country and I'm losing it by the second," said Mariam Kamel, who was born in Cairo.

For many, it is tough being so far from a country they love. But they feel speaking out and standing up are better than standing by and watching silently.

"You can't be quiet about it. If you're quiet about it, it means you want the killing to happen," said Muhammed Abdel Motagaly.