Arrests continue on backdrop of sit-ins dispersal

Arrests continue on backdrop of sit-ins dispersal

Residents walk through debris and rubble inside the burnt down mosque of Rabaa al-Adawiya on August 15, 2013 in Cairo (AFP/File, Khaled Desouki)

Residents walk through debris and rubble inside the burnt down mosque of Rabaa al-Adawiya on August 15, 2013 in Cairo (AFP/File, Khaled Desouki)

Security forces arrested 25 people in the Upper Egypt governorate of Minya on the backdrop of violence, which broke out in August following the forcible dispersal of two encampments set-up in support of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

The prosecutor general had issued arrest warrants for the 25 detainees on charges of attacking police stations, churches and public institutions in Minya, reported state-run news agency MENA.

Four detainees are accused of breaking into the Adwa police station and three of breaking into Matay police station on 14 August, right after the sit-ins’ dispersal, state-owned news agency MENA reported. Six detainees are accused of attempting to break into Mallawy police station on 15 August. The attempt reportedly left two policemen killed and eleven injured.

Meanwhile in Cairo, the Ministry of Interior announced on Sunday the arrest of seven individuals they described as “Muslim Brotherhood members” accused of stalling traffic. According to a ministry statement, the seven detainees were driving “a number of vehicles” adjacently and in a slow pace near Nasr city.

Last week, pro-Morsi protesters planned to cripple metro traffic by getting a large number of supporters to ride repeatedly from one end of the line to the other during peak hours, 7am to 10am and again after 5pm.

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have been staging a number of demonstrations across Egypt since the dispersal of the sit-ins at Rabaa Al-Adaweya in Nasr City and Al-Nahda Square in Giza. At least 1,002 were killed as a result of the dispersal of the sit-ins, according to Wiki Thawra, a project affiliated with the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR).

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