Morsi Slams Escalation Against Muslim Brotherhood Across Egypt
|Saturday, November 29,2008 06:27|
Member of Muslim Brotherhood Executive Bureau Dr. Mohamed Morsi strongly condemned the government’s escalation against MB members across Egypt dismissing it as “outrageous” and “unjustifiable.”
Egyptian state security forces arrested on Friday seven MB members from the coastal city of Alexandria during peaceful protests against Arab regimes’ silence towards the plight of the Gaza district which the MB held across Egypt following the Friday prayer.
Further, 24 MB members were rounded up from the coastal province of Marsa Matrouh on Thursday while they were having dinner at a friend’s house, who is also an MB member, thus raising the number of MB detainees in two days to 31.
“Most of those arrested have no other charge than belonging to the MB which is till now classified as a banned organization, a pretext which police views as sufficient for rounding up MB members without limits or clear charges,” Morsi told Ikhwanweb.
“We reiterate that the continuing crackdown against Egypt’s largest opposition bloc is seriously dealing a striking blow to democracy and human liberties in the country, and the illegal ban on our movement will never make us abstain from our gradual reform agenda.”
“We derive our legitimacy from the people not from a tyrannical regime,” he added.
“There is not a single example when any of our members was found guilty in a criminal case over the last 60 years. We did not steal the people’s money, we did not manipulate election results, and we did not practice torture in prisons and police stations.”
Morsi reaffirmed the Muslim Brotherhood’s commitment to peaceful reform, constitutional struggle, and non-violent opposition. He also urged civil society organizations to carry out a more positive role in confronting the regime’s failed policies. He also called on the regime to direct its forces to fighting corruption on all state levels instead of arresting pro-reform activists.