Egypt police arrests 15 Muslim Brothers (AFP-FRANCE PRESSE) CAIRO, Egypt 05/24/0511:18 AM ET)
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CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian police arrested 15 members of Egypt´s banned
Muslim Brotherhood opposition group over attempts to encourage a
boycott of a key referendum.
Thirteen were nabbed in the Ismailiya governorate, northeast of
Cairo, and the other two in the northern governorate of Kafr Sheikh.
They were accused of "distributing tracts, inciting Egyptian
citizens to boycott the referendum", police said Tuesday.
The latest arrest brought to almost 800 the number of Muslim
Brothers rounded up by police in May alone -- among them the
organization´s second-in-command, Mahmud Ezzat.
The outlawed but normally tolerated Islamist group has staged to
string of rallies in recent months asking for democratic changes
from Egypt´s President Hosni Mubarak -- after 24 years in office.
Along with secular opposition groups and parties, the Brotherhood
has urged its followers to stay home on Wednesday and shun a
referendum on a constitutional amendment allowing for the first
competitive presidential race.
Egypt´s opposition charges that the amendment is still biased in
favour of candidates of Mubarak´s National Democratic Party.
(Copyright © 2005 Agence France Presse. 05/24/05)
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