”Terrorist Cell” Arrested Planning for Nov. 28 Protests – MOI

Five people were arrested Monday during an organisational meeting to plan moves for protests scheduled on Friday, November 28, a security source at the interior ministry (MOI) said.

The Salafist front is organising protests on Friday, calling on people to take to the streets holding Qurans to “impose the Islamic identity.”

Those arrested were found in possession of plans to spread chaos, armed violence, terror among citizens, attack strategtic installations, target armed forces and police personnel, the source said, adding that they also planned to hide their “tools of violence” and publications inside mosques.

A teacher at the religious institute in Daqahliya, a member of the Islamist “Hazemoon” movement, a member of the Salafi Jihadist front, a student at Azhar universty, and the son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader in Daqahliya were among the arrestees, according to the source.

The Salafist front has condemned in a statement the “detention” of five of its leaders upon claiming responsibility for calls for protests “which large sectors of Egyptian youth have welcomed.”

It reaffirmed its call for protesting on Friday, November 28, to uphold the Islamic identity of Egypt and reject the hegemony and bringing down military rule, for Egypt and for those in Egypt, the statement added.

g Egypt Party, headed by former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, announced on Monday that it will not participate in these protests.

Egypt’s banned Muslim Brotherhood, however, welcomed the call for the protests, describing the scheduled protests as “a new wave of the glorious Egyptian revolution” in a statement Sunday.

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said last week that all security apparatuses are ready to “abort the calls of extremist groups which aim for attacking public and private property on November 28.”

“The Muslim Brotherhood values this call to preserve the nation’s identity for which the Egyptian people have long struggled,” the Brotherhood’s statement read. “The Egyptians will not accept having their identity blurred or raging a war against their sanctities, destroying their mosques, burning their Qurans, killing their youth or dragging their women.”

The Brotherhood stressed that “every Egyptian faction” is entitled to expressing their opinion “with complete freedom [and] without being accused of treason or of being infidels.”

The group also warned the authorities of committing acts of “vandalism” or “killing innocent [men]” and framing “the revolution[aries]” for such acts.

Source : Aswat Masriya