Clashes at the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Mokattam district, Cairo, intensified late on Saturday, with reported assaults on journalists by group members adding fuel to fire.
Violence first broke out earlier in the day shortly after a meeting between Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal.
Protests against President Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, and Badie who many critics say is the actual ruler of the country, were staged by dozens of protesters.
The ensuing violence renewed accusations that the Muslim Brotherhood field strongmen to assault the opposition, which the Islamist group faced late last year when its supporters and opponents engaged in deadly clashes in front of the presidential palace in Cairo.
Activist Ahmed Doma, a staunch critic of the incumbent regime, sustained several injuries after he was beaten up by what he described as the Brotherhood’s “militias.”
He said the Brotherhood “aggressive” defenders indiscriminately beat protesters, men and women alike, as well as journalists.
Egypt’s private paper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported that its journalist, Mohamed Talaat, was assaulted by “youth of the Muslim Brotherhood” on Saturday.
He was attacked, the report said, when he tried to talk to a group of youth who were drawing anti-Brotherhood graffiti in the perimeter of the group’s headquarters.
Brotherhood members, according to the report, forcibly pushed him away, before verbally and physically assaulting him when he said he was a journalist.
(Ahram online, via Egypt.com)