Egypt police arrest over 60 MB members

A supporter of Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi (portrait) holds a poster reading in Arabic: “Yes to legitimacy, no to the coup” during a demonstration against Morsiâ„¢s ouster in Cairo, on August 23, 2013.

Egyptian police have arrested over 60 members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood over the past 24 hours, security officials say.

According to officials on Wednesday, the detainees included Saad el-Shater, the 23-year-old son of the group’s jailed deputy leader Khairat el-Shater, and a relative of fugitive Brotherhood leader Mohamed el-Beltagy.

Beltagy, who is accused of inciting violence, went into hiding after authorities broke up protest camps held by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi in mid-August.

In a videotaped message broadcast on August 27, El-Beltagy said the countryâ„¢s army-backed leadership is trying to turn a “political crisis” into a security problem.

“”Don’t be fooled by these lies and deception that aim to label us with terrorism, violence, (and) killing … at a time when the hands of the coup regime are drowned in blood,” he said.

Egypt has been the scene of increasing violence since the head of the Egyptian armed forces, General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, overthrew Morsi in early July.

The government of army-appointed interim President Adly Mansour has launched a fierce crackdown on Morsi supporters and arrested many Muslim Brotherhood members, including the partyâ„¢s leader, Mohamed Badie, who was detained on August 20.

Nearly 1,000 people were killed in a week of violence between Morsi fans and security forces after police attacked their protest camps in a deadly operation on August 14.

The massacre sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.

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Republished from: Press TV