Amnesty Calls on Egyptian Authorities to Release Political Detainees
|Friday, October 29,2010 16:04|
Amnesty International renewed its call on Egypt's ruling regime to release, or at least charge, political detainees and supporters of all opposition groups - mainly the Muslim Brotherhood - following a new wave of arrests which took place after the group’s chairman, Dr. Mohamed Badie, confirmed that they would take part in the parliamentary elections. More than 260 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have in fact been arrested since the announcement on October 9.
At least 75 members of the MB were arrested at dawn on Tuesday during police raids on homes in Alexandria. Members were also taken from the streets after they were involved in election campaigning; posting banners, while another 10 were hauled in the following day. All have been detained without charge.
The MB enjoys wide popular support and is considered the main rival to Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party. The last parliamentary elections held in 2005 proved successful where the group was able to secure 20% of the total number of seats.
According to state officials, the group’s success will not be repeated.