CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's former vice president and democracy advocate Mohammed ElBaradei lashed out Sunday against what he called a "fascist" security-organized media campaign against him because of his calls for an inclusive political process.
ElBaradei was apparently reacting to reports accusing him of working from abroad to undermine Egypt's transitional road map in collaboration with the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Brotherhood is facing a security crackdown since the military deposed President Mohammed Morsi, a member of the group, in July. The interim government accuses the group of inciting violence and seeking to undermine Egypt's national security, and has rounded up hundreds of its leadership on such charges. Morsi himself is detained and facing trial on charges of inciting deadly violence against his opponents while in office.
ElBaradei, who was a vocal opponent of Morsi and was appointed vice president after his ouster, had argued that a security crackdown on the Brotherhood was counterproductive. He said its members who have not been accused of violence should be integrated into the military-backed political process. But reconciliation efforts have failed, and Morsi's supporters insisted that he be reinstated.
ElBaradei resigned and left Egypt nearly a month after he took office in protest after security agencies moved in on two weekslong sit-ins held by Morsi supporters, in a violent crackdown that left hundreds dead. Security agencies say participants of the sit-ins were armed and constituted a threat to national security.
When he resigned, ElBaradei said he opposed bloodshed and "exclusionary" policies like those adopted by the Brotherhood while Morsi was in office.