NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

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.

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.

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