5 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members arrested

Daily News Egypt
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The Gharbiya Investigations Bureau arrested late Monday five alleged Muslim Brotherhood members in the governorate, in cooperation with the Homeland Security apparatus, state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

The men were allegedly in possession of fliers which incited chaos and violence, and had anti-government slogans.

Police reports were filed concerning the arrests, and were sent to the general prosecution to begin investigating and questioning the individuals.

The arrests come as part of a continued crackdown by Egyptian authorities on the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

The group was designated a terrorist organisation by the government last year, and a tough security clampdown has landed thousands of its members behind bars.

The government blames the Brotherhood for much of the violence in the country, while the organisation insists it is non-violent and is committed to peaceful forms of resistance.

Most of the group’s top leadership have been captured and put on trial, many of them receiving preliminary death or life sentences. A considerable number of them have fled the country.

The offensive on the group began shortly after the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi of the group. Morsi was overthrown by then-general, now-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, following mass street protests against his turbulent one-year rule.

Morsi himself, along with the group’s leadership, has received one death and one life sentence, and awaits a lengthy appeals process to determine his fate.

In August 2013, following Morsi’s ouster the previous month, the interim authorities moved to clear two large pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo. The clearing resulted in hundreds of deaths, mainly of Morsi supporters, but also of some security forces.

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