Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Blasts Kerry Comments

Don't like being accused of subverting the uprising against Mubarak


Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood lashed out Friday at U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for saying the Islamist group "stole" the 2011 popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, saying he was twisting facts.

Thousands of Brotherhood supporters took the streets around the country in protests to mark the passage of 100 days since security forces launched a violent crackdown on the group, killing hundreds when they broke up two sit-in camps by backers of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Islamists have been holding small, localized protests almost daily to denounce the military's July 3 removal of Morsi, the country's first freely elected president. At times, the rallies have swelled to somewhat larger numbers, but the group's ability to bring out supporters has been crippled by a wave of arrests that has jailed thousands of members.