On July 3, the Egyptian army represented by Gen. Abdelfattah Elsisi, the defense minister, staged a military coup and deposed of the democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi. Participating in the coup, present during the announcement, and giving a speech afterwards, was Dr. Mohamed Elbaradei the Nobel Peace laureate of 2005. The elected president was detained, continued street protests ensued from the pro-democracy group allied with the deposed president. On July 8th, the military which earlier vowed to uphold the safety of all protesters, opened fire on peaceful demonstrators during the early hours. More than fifty unarmed civilians including women and children died.The brutal act of the military, supported by politicians most prominent of which is Elbaradei, is inconsistent with the values promoted by the Norwegian Nobel Committee in its selection of individuals for the prize. And it should be awarded "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace". By conspiring with the junta to overthrow a democratically elected president by force and presiding over violent repression of dissent in the aftermath, Elbaradei has violated in the starkest terms the values the Norwegian Nobel Committee seeks to promote.
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To stand by democratic principles regardless of outcome and to use only democratic means for change. This includes peaceful protests and civil disobedience, to demand change. Elbaradei has...
To stand by democratic principles regardless of outcome and to use only democratic means for change. This includes peaceful protests and civil disobedience, to demand change. Elbaradei has violated these principles and as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate has adopted violent means to topple a democratically elected president inconsistent with the Norwegian Nobel Committee values of holding and promoting peace.