Egypt arrests Brotherhood members

The banned but tolerated outfit says more than 270 members are being held in jails.

    The government was angered by a militia-style protest march at al-Azhar University last month [EPA]

    Egyptian authorities launch regular crackdowns on the Muslim Brotherhood, which operates openly despite being officially banned.

     

    Brotherhood members elected as independents hold 88 seats in the 454-member lower house of parliament, which is dominated by the ruling National Democratic Party.

       

    Some analysts say the government is preparing for a wider assault on the group after Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, said this month that the Brotherhood posed a threat to Egypt's security.

       

    The government was also angered by a protest march at al-Azhar University last month in which students wore militia-style uniforms and black balaclavas.

     

    State media said the march showed the group was forming a militia.

     

    Mubarak has also proposed constitutional amendments that include a ban on forming political parties based on religion.

     

    The Brotherhood says it wants to establish a civil, democratic party that is not exclusive to Muslims.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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