After almost two years of constant pressure and persecution by authorities, the 87-year-old Brotherhood — once the country’s most influential group — has been shaken by deepening divisions within its highly disciplined ranks. A younger generation of Islamists is pushing for more violent and confrontational tactics, analysts say, while the older generation, at least in official announcements, insists on “peaceful means” of resistance.
A Brotherhood spokesman, Mohammed Montassir, described the latest arrests on his Facebook page as a “failed attempt …. to disrupt the revolutionaries across the nation.”
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Separately, Egyptian state TV on Monday night announced that the police have foiled several Brotherhood “plots” to assault symbols of the government such as the police, army and judges, as well as media, political and public figures.
Meanwhile, an Egyptian court set June 16 as the date to decide on Morsi’s death sentence, after it receives the opinion in the matter from Shawki Allam, Egypt’s Grand Mufti. According to Egyptian law, all death sentences are referred the top cleric.
Morsi was sentenced to death in May over a mass prison break during Egypt’s 2011 uprising that eventually brought him to power. It was one of several ongoing trials against him.
The group so far has distanced itself from the assassinations and suicide bombings that have rocked the country over the past two years.