Egyptian policemen have detained some 600 Muslim Brotherhood members ahead of the upcoming parliamentary election and some 250 are still arrested, a senior Brotherhood official said on Tuesday. According to AFP, Mohammed Mursi said that the crackdown on members of the opposition group started when the Brotherhood announced last month plans to field candidates for the November 28 legislative polls.
"Arrests are still being made. Someone goes out to campaign, he gets harassed and arrested and then released in a few days," he said. "About 600 have been arrested since we announced that we would run in the election. About 250 remain in jail," Mursi said.
The group said on its website that over 70 Islamists were detained across the country over the past few days, including some 50 who were detained overnight in the southern Bani Suef province after clashing with police.