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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Members Arrested

(Mar. 2, 2008) On February 17, 2008, the Egyptian security forces conducted a wave of arrests against officials of the Muslim Brotherhood group. The round of arrests, the second in three days, included 51 persons from four provinces, to bring the total number of arrestees to 91. Sources within the group expected more arrests to come due to the upcoming local election. They explained to reporters for ASHARQ ALAWSAT that the regime is afraid the group will repeat the victory it realized in the parliamentary election of 2005. (New Arrest Campaign Against 51 of the Brotherhood Cadres in Egypt, ASHARQ ALAWSAT, Feb. 18, 2008, available at http://www.asharqalawsat.com/.)