CAIRO: Prominent Muslim Brotherhood figure Mohamed Ali Beshr was reportedly arrested in Menoufia Thursday morning, according to Youm7.
Beshr served as minister of local development during the regime of former President Mohamed Morsi and was arrested on charges of inciting violence and belonging to a banned terrorist group.
Shortly after, the pro-MB National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL) released a statement condemning Beshr’s arrest and describing it as “a new important loss to the Egyptian political scene.” It added, however, the arrest “would not weaken the alliance’s chosen path, which will continue working to achieve its cause: the downfall of the military regime.”
NASL also defended the members of the Salafi Call against what it called a “state crackdown on their members.” At dawn Thursday, police forces stormed two houses and arrested some of the group’s members, Aswat Masriya reported.
This comes ahead of Islamist calls for “mass escalation” on Nov. 28, and threats of violence the Ministry of Interior has said “will be faced with extreme measures.” Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim went even further when he said “there could be use of live ammunition” if protests targeted public installations, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported Tuesday.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Faisal.