Calm reigns in Egypt village after clashes

By Ashraf Mustafa, Friday, April 25, 2014

Calm reigned in a central Egyptian village on Friday after a day of clashes between villagers and policemen over the arrest of local residents for alleged Muslim Brotherhood links

Calm reigned in a central Egyptian village on Friday after a day of clashes between villagers and policemen over the arrest of local residents for alleged Muslim Brotherhood links

BENI SUEIF, Egypt – Calm reigned in a central Egyptian village on Friday after a day of clashes between villagers and policemen over the arrest of local residents for alleged Muslim Brotherhood links.

At least 60 villagers were injured in clashes with security forces in the Al-Maymon village in the central Beni Sueif province on Thursday.

The violence began after villagers blocked a man road connecting the province with the capital Cairo in protest against the arrest of 10 local residents, whom the authorities accuse of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Security forces responded by using teargas to disperse the protesters and reopen the road, according to eyewitnesses.

But one day after the clashes, security forces left the village early Friday after restoring calm to the area.

Egyptian authorities have unleashed a massive crackdown on the Brotherhood since the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi – a Brotherhood leader himself – by the military last July.

Since then, Egypt's military-backed authorities have rounded up hundreds of the Brotherhood's senior and mid-ranking members, hundreds of whom remain in detention.

In December, the Egyptian government branded the Brotherhood as a "terrorist" organization.

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