The Muslim Brotherhood is cracking down (more like cracking heads) on the "opposition." In other words, on anyone who doesn't want to live under the boot of Islamic law.
Egyptian opposition figures summoned for questioning over clashes outside Brotherhood HQ Associated Press, March 25
CAIRO — Egyptian prosecutors on Monday summoned several opposition politicians and activists for questioning over allegations they incited violence against members of the president’s Muslim Brotherhood.
The summons came one day after the Islamist president sternly warned his opponents, saying he may be close to taking unspecified measures to “protect this nation.”
Angry, shouting and pounding the table at times, Mohammed Morsi vowed on Sunday to bring to account politicians found to have incited the violence on Friday, when Brotherhood members and protesters clashed outside the group’s Cairo headquarters.
Nearly 200 people were injured in the clashes, the worst violence between the Brotherhood and its opponents in more than three months.
Those summoned include former presidential candidate Khaled Ali, former lawmaker Ziad el-Oleimi and several iconic figures from the pro-democracy movement behind the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. These include Alaa Abdel-Fattah, Hazem Abdel-Azim, Nawara Negm, daughter of Egypt’s best known satirical poet, TV presenter Buthaina Kamel and senior opposition politician Mohammed Aboul-Ghar.
Kamel, who works for state TV, told The Associated Press that she has yet to receive the official summons, but that when she does she will consult with lawyers over whether to go. She said she was at the scene of Friday’s clashes but did not take part in the violence.
“I did not do as much as throw a rock,” she said. “It is my right to participate peacefully in a protest.”
The summonses, based on complaints filed by injured Brotherhood members, are likely to stoke tensions and prolong the latest in a series of political crises roiling the nation since Mubarak’s ouster two years ago. Coupled with economic woes and tenuous security, the ongoing bout of turmoil is by the far the worst since 2011, with at least 70 people killed and hundreds injured in protests and clashes with police since late January.