The Deputy Head of Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party, Essam El-Erian, has said that the opposition leader Mohamed El-Baradei distanced himself from the coup authorities after he became certain that it is failing.
According to El-Erian, "He knows how international law works and so he decided to resign and leave the country." Perhaps, he pointed out, before it is too late to avoid being implicated in the coup's massacres of peaceful demonstrators.
Asked how the people of Egypt have reacted to the military campaigns in towns and villages around the country, El-Erian said that they have "sown the seeds of revenge" in every heart across the country. "Every Egyptian has had a beloved brother, relative, neighbour or school- or workmate among those killed, wounded, imprisoned or lost," he added.
He affirmed that the National Coalition for Supporting the Legitimacy has succeeded in controlling public responses to such unacceptable acts by the security forces. "Most have continued to protest peacefully," he claimed. "Although more demonstration have taken place after the start of the academic year, such a peaceful approach has meant that the number of casualties has dropped."