CAIRO: Forty-one alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters were arrested Friday, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Abdel Fattah Osman in comments to Al-Hayat television channel.
Osman added that a Russian national was arrested in Gharbia governorate and was in possession of flyers supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Osman said the man was a student studying at Al-Azhar.
Meanwhile, MB supporters resumed their weekly marches, which shortly diverted into fierce clashes between them and security forces.
Their gatherings were “very limited today” in Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta, Beheira, Mansoura and Sharqia governorates Osman said, adding that police “totally controlled” the marches.
Since the ouster of Morsi by the army on July 3, 2013, the MB’s members and supporters are used to staging marches and protests demanding his reinstatement, and since the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins on Aug. 14, 2013, they have brandished yellow placards with a 4-finger symbol representing Rabaa.