Egypt’s Ministry of Interior announced in a statement Wednesday that it had arrested eight leaders of the banned Muslim Brotherhood at a meeting of the group in Cairo, in which the leaders were planning to “incite public opinion" against the government.
State Security intelligence revealed the leaders were planning, in collaboration with other extremist elements, to use Egypt's economic troubles to foment violence and disorder, especially in the labour sector and among public employees, according to the interior ministry.
The arrested leaders included members of the Brotherhood wanted in other criminal cases.
Among the arrested members were an ex-member of parliament and a Ministry of Supply counselor who served under Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.
The Muslim Brotherhood was designated a terrorist organisation by the Egyptian government in December 2013, after Morsi's ouster.
Most of the organisation's prominent leaders, including supreme guide Mohamed Badei, former president Morsi, almost every member of its guidance office and other top-tier members, have since been tried, convicted and imprisoned.