Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Egyptian government detains Muslim Brotherhood students

At least 45 students connected with the banned Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s most powerful opposition group, were arrested in Alexandria on Saturday, Reuters reported the next day.

A government source said that 45 students had been detained for holding meetings “aimed at propagating the Muslim Brother’s ideology” and possessing Brotherhood literature.

According to a Muslim Brotherhood source, the students were vacationing together in Alexandria when the police raided their lodgings. Deputy Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brothers, Dr. Mohamed Habib, said there was no meeting and more than 50 students were detained for their affiliation with the group.

Habib said the crackdown on the group’s youth wing was part of the government’s continuing efforts to contain and marginalize the movement.

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