Egypt’s Vice President Mohamed Elbaradei resigned in protest over the attacks on pro Mohamed Morsi supporters in Cairo on 14 August 2013. The Egyptian police stormed the two sit in protest sites to disperse them following which 281 people were killed.
United States, European Union and United Nations condemned the violent dispersal of protesters while the Prime Minister of Egypt Hezam Beblawi justified the act saying it was necessary since it had become a threat to national security. Emergency was declared in Egypt for a month and night curfew was clamped in 14 Governorates.
Mohamed ElBaradei had given political support to the ousting of Egypt's first freely elected President Mohamed Morsi. However, he resigned in protest at the use of force instead of a negotiated end to the stand-off between the government and protesters. It should be noted that Mohamed ElBaradei is a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Who: Mohamed Elbaradei
When: 14 August 2013