Brotherhood: Arrests include anyone who opposes the ‘putschists’

Brotherhood: Arrests include anyone who opposes the ‘putschists’

Islamists march on "Decisive Friday" protests  (Photo by Ahmed AlMalky/DNE)

Islamists march on “Decisive Friday” protests
(Photo by Ahmed AlMalky/DNE)

The people will not rest until they bring down the military regime, the Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement on Saturday.

The revolting people will not rest after last Friday’s protests and will “fill the streets and squares every day until they regain the revolution,” the Brotherhood said, adding that there would be a “peaceful escalation.”

A few thousand supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi marched across the country last Friday in objection to the violent dispersals of the Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Al-Nahda sit-ins. The protests were organised by the National Council for Support of Legitimacy, which includes 11 Islamist parties and unions.

“Egyptians thought after the 2011 Revolution that they regained their freedom, dignity, and sovereignty… but the thieves of the revolutions carried out a military coup…” the statement read. It added that the “putschists”, or supporters of the coup, have used the political differences between different political groups and parties as well as everyday problems to control power and dominate.

The Brotherhood described the coup as “worse than the rule of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.”

“There were some people calling for early presidential elections, so the putschists isolated the president [Morsi] and kept him in an unknown location, suspended the constitution and dissolved the Shura Council,” the statement said.

The Brotherhood also spoke of the arrests of political figures and fabricating charges against them, adding that the scope of arrests has widened to include anyone who opposes them.

“They crossed all the red lines,” the Brotherhood said.

The 3 July removal of Morsi has further widened the political divide in the country. While the Brotherhood was quick to describe it as a coup, the military has maintained that it was not and that it has only sided with the people in what it calls “the 30 June Revolution.”

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