Egyptian opposition activist Ahmed El Hawary spoke out on AC360 about the Egyptian military's removal of president Mohamed Morsy. "The military aligned its actions with the will of the people," El Hawary said Morsy's government policies failed and his removal was not a coup.
"We didn't have any outlet or any way to be heard ... he ignored us." The activist explained that the opposition had no "trustworthy dialogue channel" with the presidency or with his cabinet. "Mohamed Morsy has deprived this country from a real parliament, from any kind of format of political process ... he has deprived us from any channels to change or to influence any kind of policies that have been done or mismanagement that has been done in this country for the past year."
Ahmed El Hawary told Anderson that calling the military's action a coup is a "smearing campaign against the Egyptian people." And added, "there is a clear message that has to be delivered to the American media and to the United States administration. You're doing a hell of a bad PR with the Egyptian people..."
Anderson responded to the AC360 guest's accusation. "Sir, I'm not a PR agent. My job is not to do PR for you or anybody else. I'm not taking any sides here. We're talking about the use of the word 'coup.' You clearly do not want to use that word. Just because you don't want to use it doesn't mean I don't get to use it or other people or the U.S. government doesn't get to use it. This is what we debate in America. This is how our democracy works."
The activist said Egypt's opposition movement needs the full support of the International community so that their roadmap proposal can move forward.
Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news. Tune in weeknights at 8 and 10 ET on CNN.
Questions or comments? Send an email
Want to know more? Go behind the scenes with