The Muslim Brotherhood held a "day of rejection" on Friday to protest the ousting of the country's first democratically elected president. The protests were supposed to be peaceful, but shots were fired outside the Republican Guard headquarters by 3:30 p.m. local time,reports. At least one person was reportedly killed.reports that helicopters flew low over a pro-Morsi crowd in Cairo, and tear gas was used. Independent reportertweeted photos of what looked like a dead body, wrapped in a shroud, being carried by protesters. An Egyptian army spokesman said the military s, not live rounds, on protesters. A BBC reporter was . (At left, a man with a Morsi helmet, via .)
Though Morsi had been able to win the support of enough voters to get elected, he was not able to win support much of anywhere else. "In recent months, Morsi had been at odds with virtually every institution in the country, including the top Muslim and Christian clerics, the judiciary, the armed forces, the police and intelligence agencies," thereports. When his hold on power was slipping, he had no one to turn to — and eventually nowhere. That went for outside of his country, too. Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar all congratulated Egypt on getting rid of Morsi. Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said young Egyptians had brought "intellectual and moral credit to the Arab nation," report. There are few elected leaders in the Middle East, which might explain why those leaders were less ambivalent about the coup than President Obama, .
In meetings with Egypt's prime minister and Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi before he stepped down, Morsi repeatedly pointed out that he won the June 2012 election, the Associated Press reports. An official in the meeting said Morsi would not talk about Egypt's problems — the protests, unemployment, traffic. And el-Sissi was not impressed by Morsi's electoral mandate. "It was like, 'Either we put you in jail, or you come out and announce you are resigning,'" Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Murad Ali added. "He didn't do either because he didn't want to hand the country to the military again." Morsi's foreign policy adviser, Essam el-Haddad, told the Times, "The message will resonate throughout the Muslim world loud and clear: democracy is not for Muslims."