The Muslim Brotherhood opposition group in Egypt says Egyptian Security Forces arrested hundreds of its activists across the country Friday and Saturday, after skirmishes took place during a number of campaign rallies.
The Associated Press reported at least 10 party members injured. Tensions are running high in the lead up to parliamentary elections on November 28 in which the Muslim is fielding candidates and running them as independents. Egypitian authorities have not confirmed either the large number of arrests or the injuries.
The reported arrests of Muslim Brotherhood activists follow what eyewitnesses are calling ugly clashes between demonstrators and Egyptian security forces both Friday and Saturday after rallies for a number of Brotherhood candidates. Reports speak of a charged atmosphere in many towns and villages in the lead up to parliamentary elections on November 28.
Al Jazeera TV showed images of clashes between demonstrators and security forces overnight, saying that tear gas and rubber bullets were used to break up one noisy demonstration in the port city of Alexandria. Pictures on the official Muslim Brotherhood website showed several bruised and bloodied demonstrators whom the group claims were wounded by polic…