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Egyptian security forces raided on Tuesday (June 25, 2019) nineteen companies accused of belonging to the banned Muslim Brotherhood and providing financial support to "topple the state" and arrested eight people, according to the Interior Ministry statement. The eight are prominent opposition figure Ziad al-Alimi and his colleagues on the pretext of conspiring to overthrow the government.

Police arrested al-Alimi, a key activist in the 2011 uprising that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak, minutes after he left the home of his colleagues in the southern Cairo suburb of Maadi early on Sunday, witnesses said.

The prominent Egyptian jurist Jamal Eid also wrote a tweet on Twitter about the arrest of Alimi and his colleagues and the charges against them.

The interior ministry later issued a statement in which al-Alimi and the seven others were implicated in a plan instigated and financed by Muslim Brotherhood leaders abroad to "carry out acts of violence and riots against state institutions at simultaneous times and create a revolutionary momentum among citizens."

In a statement, the Civic Democratic Movement, a coalition of opposition parties and figures, denied any connection to al-Alimi and others arrested on the banned Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. One of Alimi's colleagues said he believed the arrest was linked to the Civic Democratic Movement's drive to expand its membership base in preparation for the legislative elections next year.

For its part, the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms published on its official Facebook page that "the State Security Prosecution decided to imprison Hassan Barbari (one of the eight detainees), director of the Egyptian Forum on Labor Relations, 15 days reserve." She added that "the prosecution directed Barbaray, charges of involvement of a terrorist group with the knowledge of its purpose, and the commission of a crime of financing terrorism"He said.

In a statement Tuesday, Amnesty International condemned the latest crackdown on raids and arrests. The recent wave of arrests targeting opposition leaders, activists and journalists under the guise of combating terrorism "is part of the systematic persecution of Egyptian authorities and the brutal repression of anyone who dares to criticize it," she said.

Since coming to power in 2014, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who was defense minister, has overseen a broad campaign against Islamist and secular opponents. Human Rights Watch estimates that 60,000 people have been arrested for political reasons.

By REUTERS / Reuters / AFP /

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