Egypt Orders Arrest of Brotherhood Leader
Warrants out for Mohammed Badie, 9 others, after 51 die
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2013 7:58 AM CDT
An Egyptian anti-riot soldier stands under a banner showing Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

(Newser) – The leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, is a wanted man. The Egyptian prosecutor's office has ordered his arrest, along with the arrests of nine other leading Brotherhood figures, following the death of 51 people in Cairo this week during violent clashes between pro-Morsi protesters and police and military, al-Jazeera reports. The news also comes as the Brotherhood rejected an offer by the new prime minister to be part of an interim Cabinet, reports the AP.

Badie is accused of inciting the protesters into violence. The Brotherhood dismissed the accusations as "nothing more than an attempt by the police state to dismantle the Rabaa protest," and maintains it was holding peaceful morning prayers when the army opened fire. But the army says armed protesters made the first move, reports the BBC. Protesters remain at the Rabaa al-Adawiya in Cairo, and al-Jazeera reports that the wanted leaders are among them—a pretty safe place to be if the military and police want to avoid any more bloodshed.

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Jul 10, 2013 5:49 PM CDT
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Jul 10, 2013 1:29 PM CDT
A week after the Egyptian Army deposed President Mohamed Morsi, supporters of the ousted leader were massacred yesterday allegedly during a sit-in protest at an “elite army base” in Cairo. So far over 50 have been reported dead, with hundreds injured. The Muslim Brotherhood is blaming the Egyptian army and police, but a military spokesman has said a “terrorist group” was responsible. “We have people hit in the head, we have bullets that exploded as they entered the body, cluttering organs and body parts” said Gehad Haddad, a spokesman for Muslim Brotherhood. Adamant that the role of police and army is to “safeguard the people’s revolution”, no matter their particular political affiliation, military spokesman Ahmed Ali said security forces acted “in self-defense against armed men attacking them from various locations, including rooftops.”
Jul 10, 2013 11:17 AM CDT
"...following the death of 51 people in Cairo this week during violent clashes between pro-Morsi protesters and police and military." It's hard to pin blame when talking about clashes between protesters, but that's not what this is. If the military is firing upon and arresting its political opponents, that is a very bad thing. It doesn't matter how we feel about those opponents, what matters is that Egypt is yet again a military state with no democratically elected government.