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Egypt arrests 20 activists of Muslim Brotherhood

Posted in Politics, Society by muslimwire on October 24, 2009

Cairo: Egyptian authorities have arrested 20 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, the largest and most organised opposition group in the country, for allegedly holding public meeting at the home of one of the members.

The 20 activists, including a candidate in the 2005 legislative elections, were arrested in the Nile delta city of Mansoura, a security official said.

“They are accused of having held a political meeting at the home of one of members which is punishable under the emergency laws which have been in effect in Egypt since 1981,” the official said.

The activists said they held the meeting to protest “Israeli actions limiting access to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem”, a flashpoint site sacred to Muslims and Jews.

The Muslim Brotherhood confirmed the arrests on its website, saying police raided the homes of nine of those arrested while they were at the meeting.

The group is officially banned but tolerated by the Egyptian authorities. The group is subject to regular crackdowns including confiscation of money and property on grounds of illegal money laundry.

Bureau Report

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