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Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Sunday, March 05, 2006

The government cracks down on the MB

They just arrested 12 MB memebrs, mostly college recruiters, for, get this, promoting the group. As if they didn't run and win 78 seats in the last elections.

The arrests came Friday in Cairo and other Egyptian cities, targeting mainly university organizers for the Brotherhood, which became Egypt's largest opposition group in parliament after a surprise showing in elections last year.

Police said the 12 were arrested for hiding money, printers and other material advertising for the Muslim Brotherhood.

The 12 were detained for 15 days for questioning for possessing fliers urging people to join the Brotherhood, said the movement's lawyer, Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud.

Seven of the arrests were announced Friday. Police on Saturday confirmed that five others had also been detained, including Rashad al-Bayoumi, a 70-year-old senior Brotherhood member.

You know something egyptian government? This is masturbation. This will do jack shit and will get you nowhere. You want to break the MB? Go After its money. Freeze their money accounts, close their businesses, monitor their transactions. Destroy their financing. Without the money they have and get from abroad, they won't be able to provide the services that make them so popular amongst poor people, and without the services, the MB is just another group of harmless loudmouthed talkers. End of story! But this random arrests of innocent people shit won't do anything but give them the halo of the oppressed underdogs, which will make them even more popular. Stop doing them favors by playing rough; if you want to win, you better start playing it smart!

3 Comments:

At 3/05/2006 05:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's another way -- publicity. Let people know what this group really stands for. Print their documents, translate their sermons. Expose them.

Valerie

 
At 3/05/2006 12:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what about the poor people who are benifiting from their social services? Are you going to sponsor them yourself??? Thanks for the advice any way the folks in the state security wont forget your help...

 
At 3/05/2006 08:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh well, no one else will say it so here goes..does the government really want to close them down? double dealing is an old political move, ie, arrest a few supporters which will help raise the profile of the MB (having arranged it with them)and the west think you are doing a great job at the same time. Yes, I know about Anwar Sadat but that doesn't change political expediency.

 

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