What shouldn’t surprise many scholars of recent Egyptian history is the recednt arrests of more than 1,000 Islamists. Their next act as the standing military government is legally dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood. This is the very same radical organization that called for a week of nationwide protests starting tomorrow.
Interestingly, one of those arrested was the brother of al-Qaida head Ayman al-Zawahiri.
The death toll through Friday’s riots now totals 173 people killed. Last week more than 600 perished. The wounded amount to 1,300 with more than half of the casualties coming from the Cairo area.
Last Saturday, Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Bablawi proposed for the legal dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood. The radical idea is being carefully studied as the last best defense to further bloodshed.
President Mohammed Morsi who were holed up inside a Cairo mosque that has been a center of the protests included renegade supporters that exchanged gunfire with Egyptian police, as reported by an Agence France Presse correspondent.
According to the press release, police stormed the Fath mosque and security forces fired tear gas. In the process, they managed to drag outside seven or eight men and were then confronted by angry neighborhood residents who attacked them with sticks and iron bars.
Some of the more interesting names arrested so far include Mohamed al-Zawahiri, brother of al-Qaida head Ayman al-Zawahri, a security source told Agence France Presse. The brother was arrested in his home district of Giza, adjacent to the capital, the source said.
The Brotherhood was provided the opportunity to rule Egypt for about about a year after free elections were held. The army removed Morsi on July 3, urged its supporters back onto the streets to denounce the military takeover and the subsequent crackdown on followers of the nation's first freely-elected president.
The Muslim Brotherhood has deep roots in the provinces, called for a "Day of Rage." Automatic gunfire echoed around the capital throughout Friday afternoon, army helicopters swooped over the roof tops and at least one office block was set ablaze, lighting up the night sky long after the violence had subsided.
One Muslim Brotherhood member said, "We are here because of our brothers who died."
It now appears the Brotherhood has been partially disbanded by a military bent on its total destruction.
Little, if any real news of America’s involvement in any kind of important seat of power is either untold or unreal.
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