Egyptian Authorities Reportedly Arrest Dozens of Muslim Brotherhood Members


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Over 100 people in Egypt have been arrested following the interim government declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

According to CNN, state-run Egyptian media outlet MENA reported that 54 members of the Islamist political movement, which backs ousted President Morsi, have been "charged with attacking police stations and inciting violence." CNN is also reporting that according to state media outlet EgyNews, police have been instructed "to confiscate copies of the Muslim Brotherhood's newspaper, stop its publication and seal off the Justice and Freedom publishing house that print the group's daily."

A spokesman for the Egyptian interior minister has said that members of the Muslim Brotherhood will receive a five-year prison sentence.

The interim government's decision to label the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization followed the bombing of a police building in northern Egypt, despite the fact that the jihadist organization Ansar Jerusalem took credit for the attack.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki has said that Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed concern over the latest crackdown to Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy.

Since the interim government's decision was announced there have been clashes between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian police. Two protesters have reportedly been killed. The Muslim Brotherhood has pledged to continue peaceful protests.

The interim Egyptian government has demonstrated that it is not afraid to violently crackdown on Morsi's supporters. Last August, Egyptian security forces raided protest camps in Cairo set up by pro-Morsi protesters. The crackdown resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people, although the Muslim Brotherhood said that the death toll was much higher.

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  1. So in other words, just about everything we could fear an Islamic state would do, the Egyptian army is doing x100 anyway.

    1. Well, the Islamic state wouldn't get so much US military aid to do it, so there's that. Good thing that everyone on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (except Rand Paul, of course) and the White House wants to continue the aid. Need to make sure that that tear gas and those tanks are Made In America.

    2. There are times when I'm almost tempted to feel sorry for these poor put-upon hardcore Muslims.

      But then I always remember that they have been committing a slow-motion genocide of Jews, Christians, and all other "infidels" for the last several decades, and my sympathy instantly disappears.

      If it wasn't for the Egyptian army, there probably wouldn't be a single Christian left in all of Egypt. Enjoy getting a taste of your own medicine, Muslim Brotherhood.

      1. Yeah, I'm having a hard time giving a shit.

    3. Except that the Egyptian government isn't massacaring religious minorities or doing a bunch of other Islamist things. So aside from you know all that...

  2. If there was a viable Libertarian Party here in the states, I think we can all agree it should be designated a terrorist organization and dealt with accordingly.

    1. Obviously! I mean, libertarians want to impose liberty on society! Can you imagine the horror? People doing things without asking permission and obeying orders? It would be chaos! Anarchy! Somalia!!!11!1!ONE!

  3. This is just liberty Reason. And remember, you guys, hated the Arab Spring and wanted a return to the status quo with less U.S. involvement. You guys got just about what you wanted.

    1. Hey look Lyle is back from his tour with the FSA.

      1. I wouldn't choose to fight alongside the FSA RBS. I never argued for even intervening in Syria. I argue that non-intervention isn't the best policy with regards to defending liberty sometimes. Syria is what American substantive non-intervention looks like. Egypt too.

        For liberty's sake, just like in Egypt, it is probably best for the dictator to win.

    2. you guys hated the Arab Spring

      Congratulations on making the most unintentionally funny comment I've ever seen on Hit and Run.

      1. How is it unintentionally funny to you?

        1. Because it's so laughably untrue. Few mainstream publications were as gung-ho about the "Arab Spring" (at least in the early going) as Reason was.

          And I hope you don't expect me to show you all the examples to prove just how completely ludicrous your statement is, because frankly the Search functionality on here is terrible and the archives are excruciating to work through.

          1. At Google, type "site:reason.com yourqueryhere" in the search bar - it works about 100x than the search function.

          2. Actually I don't think that's entirely true. Nick Gillepsie argued the Arab Spring was an example of American foreign policy failure. I love Nick, but I sometimes disagree with him and his argument about how the Arab Spring was a failure of American foreign policy conceded something about the status quo ante being better than the Arab Spring.

            We're back to the status quo ante in Egypt.

            1. I won't disagree with you though that some of the people who get publish at Reason had a naive view of what the "Arab Spring" was.

              I'm certainly no fan of the Muslim Brotherhood or violent Islamists.

          3. Matt Welch must be who you're talking about. He got Egypt wrong.


            1. Islamist-fearing skeptics of the 2011 revolutions have often invoked the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Yet the Great Satan has been almost nowhere to be found on the streets of Cairo, "Tripoli, or Sana. Whether in an Egypt awash in U.S. foreign aid or a Libya that for decades was under U.S. sanctions, protesters have focused instead on the local guy keeping them down. This is evident not just in the handmade street signs and lack of burning flags but in most of what we know about the intellectual underpinnings of the movement."

              Oh, naive, Matt Welch.

  4. Nothing says open and peaceful discourse like strong arming a printing press.

  5. Nothing says open and peaceful discourse like strong arming a printing press.

  6. Both of these groups are evil. Lets just peace out already.

  7. Evil vs. evil. Stay out and hope they both lose.

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