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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood weighs armed force to silence opposition

Special to WorldTribune.com

CAIRO — For the first time, the ruling Muslim Brotherhood said it
might organize an armed force to battle secular protesters of
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

A senior Brotherhood official said the movement’s Freedom and Justice
Party was examining the feasibility of deploying an armed force to protect
its assets.

Essam Erian: “They [the purported militias] would have defended themselves in front of the presidential palace and killed the others [secular protesters].”

Under the proposal, the party, headed by President Mohammed
Morsi, would train and arm young members to counter attacks by the secular opposition.

“People are smarter than you are and able to protect themselves and
their country,” said Essam Erian, a senior Brotherhood member and vice chairman of FPJ.

In an interview on Egyptian television on Dec. 16, Erian said the
Brotherhood was seriously considering developing an armed force. He denied allegations of Brotherhood torture centers and militias, saying this would have resulted in massive casualties during clashes with Morsi opponents earlier this month.

“They [the purported militias] would have defended themselves in front
of the presidential palace and killed the others [secular protesters],”
Erian said.

Erian echoed the Brotherhood line that Morsi’s opponents were supported
by unnamed foreign powers. He said the secular unrest in Egypt would fail to
destabilize the country.

Egypt’s Islamists have also been threatening to attack Jewish sites. One
group, called the Beheira Revolutionary Youth, announced plans to block
access to the tomb of a famous rabbi outside the Delta city of Damenhour and
visited by thousands of pilgrims.

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1 Comment for “Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood weighs armed force to silence opposition”

  1. Arab spring of revolutions: Waiting for ‘The Real Thing!’ A riposte on why today revolutionary forces are marching against Morsi, as they did against Mubarak. Why and what made this great revolution a crippled still born?

    As Egypt’s tryst with its destiny enters a new phase with the results of a controversial constitutional referendum looming over the horizon, I cannot overlook to underplay the tragedy of sorts and the choices Egyptians face. Two choices are available for Akhwans and Mursi : a secular, freedom-oriented society or the road that leads the ‘sovereignty of Allah’ through ‘Syed Qutub/ HasanBanna/Qaradawi alley! ‘

    Egypt does not have to look too far out for lessons from contemporary history. A whole nation of 40 million in 1979 traversed a similar failed dream through the dominion of Velayat al Faqih under the leadership of Imam Khomeini.