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Egypt arrests Brotherhood leader in ongoing crackdown

Egyptian police have arrested one of the last Muslim Brotherhood leaders not already in detention or in exile. Thousands of the group’s members have been rounded up in a mass crackdown.

Mohamed Ali Bishr speaking at microphone. Mustafa Ozturk / Anadolu Agency

The Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohammed Ali Bishr (pictured center above), was arrested at his home in the Nile Delta on Thursday, security officials said.

Bishr, who served as a cabinet minister under ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, was accused of having called for mass protests on November 28, state media reported.

He has played a key role in keeping the group’s activities alive underground, and was also involved in the pro-Morsi National Alliance in Support of Legitimacy, which was banned last month.

The Alliance, which has pushed for Morsi’s reinstatement, condemned Bishr’s arrest.

“The coup is suffering from the hysteria of a wounded bull due to their growing rejection by the public,” it said.

The arrest comes a day after dozens of protesters were detained in downtown Cairo, according to a report in the independent newspaper al-Shorouk.

Forceful dissolution

Egypt has carried out a sweeping crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since Morsi, also a leading member of the group, was ousted by the military in July 2013, triggering widespread protests by his supporters. Hundreds of Brotherhood members have been killed and thousands of its leaders and activists, including Morsi himself, remain in prison.

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