The Muslim Brotherhood accused two journalists and a liberal former MP of inciting Egyptians against the group and cited attacks against several of their party’s offices as evidence.
Leading Muslim Brotherhood member Ali Khafagi accused Mohamed Abu Hamed, member of the People’s Assembly, Egypt’s lower house of parliament, which has been recently dissolved by a court order, Mustafa Bakri, journalist and former MP, and Tawfik Okasha, TV presenter and owner of the private Egyptian satellite channel al-Faraeen of turning people against the group.
Khafagi posted his accusations on the Facebook page of the Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood’s political wing.
Khafagi particularly accused Bakri and Okasha of inciting to people to burn the party’s branches across Egypt and said that two of them have already been burnt down and at the exact same time.
“Both branches were attacked and burnt at 4:30 am and this shows that it is preplanned,” he wrote on the social networking site.
Both burnt branches are located in the Giza governorate, one in the district of Haram, near the Giza Pyramids, and the other in the working class district of Mit Oqba.
“I call upon the Prosecutor General to issue an arrest warrant for both,” wrote Khafagi.
Abu Hamed was also accused of inciting people to attack the Freedom and Justice Party branches as well as of calling for a rebellion against the Muslim Brotherhood.
While Abu Hamed admitted to the second, he vehemently denied the first and accused the Brotherhood of burning their party’s branches in order to implicate their opponents.
Regarding the rebellion against the Brotherhood, Abu Hamed said it will take place on August 24-25 in front of the presidential palace and not in Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the January 25 Revolution.
The call for rebelling against the Brotherhood or President Mohammed Mursi was rejected by many revolutionaries.
Mohamed Attia, coordinator of the Egyptian Revolutionaries Coalition, said that despite reservations on the choice of the new prime minister, known for his Islamist tendencies, they refuse the idea of staging a revolution against the president.
“We will criticize, oppose, and advise the president, but we should also give him a full chance to evaluate his performance,” he told Al Arabiya.
The coalition also objected to the choice of ministers in the new cabinet.
“This cabinet was not chosen based on any known criteria. It is not a national unity government and it is also not technocratic nor is it consensual.”