Analysts: Escalation Against MB is A Warning Message
Wednesday, March 8,2006 00:00
By (Almasreyon)
Political analysts indicated that the current security escalation against the Muslim Brotherhood which began with the wave of arrests among the group activists is a warning message from the regime, especially as the renewal of the emergency laws approaches. The government will introduce this question to the parliament in the next month.
 
In fact, the Brotherhood launched parliamentary and popular campaigns to challenge the extension of the application of the law. Therefore, the regime thinks of a preemptive measure that engages the group into a bargain: to alleviate its opposition in return for releasing its detained members.
 
On the other hand, some observers regarded the recent detentions punitive measures for the group’s challenging stances to the regime policy particularly in connection with reform, inheritance of power, and the decision to put municipal elections off by two years.
 
On his part, the Brotherhood’s deputy leader Muhammad Habeeb stated that this security escalation implies an intimidating message to the Egyptian people who support the Muslim Brotherhood and to all reform-pressing political powers to stop their genuine political action. 
 
Habeeb added that the escalation carries a warning signal to the Brotherhood’s MPs to tone down their vigorous questions and requests of information. Recently, the Brotherhood’s bloc in the parliament made an impressive showing regards the doomy al-Salaam Ferry, the outbreak of bird flu, the issue of political prisoners, and torture in jails and prisons. Habeeb did not rule out new security procedures against the group within the coming period.
 
Observers said the Egyptian government stepped up its tough measures against political activists when the American pressures for the democratic transition in the Middle East declined in the aftermath of the considerable success of Islamists in both Egypt and Palestine. Accordingly, the few past weeks witnessed many political setbacks, the municipal elections are postponed, three judges face investigations, a journalist is imprisoned on charges of deformation, and Ayman Nour, an influential politician, is still in prison for doubted charge of forgery. 
 
Meanwhile, some political analysts see these oppressive acts paving the way for the president’s son Gamal Mubark to come to office. For he enjoys no popular support.     
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