Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood holds the police and those responsible for carrying out the 'military coup' for the violence and terrorism sweeping Egypt after Islamist protesters were forcibly dispersed from their weeks-long sit-ins.
"Although those who are against the coup in Egypt insisted on peaceful resistance, protests and sit-ins, the military coup launched military campaigns against them, leading to the murder of thousands, even burning some of them alive and killing the injured, besides burning dead bodies and mosques," reads the statement issued on Friday, referring to those that died or were injured at the Al-Rabawiya and Nahda square sit-ins.
Security forces, however, claim it was the Brotherhood that burned the Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque and dead bodies at the sit-in.
The Muslim Brotherhood also accused the media in Egypt of launching a campaign to spread lies about those opposing the "coup" in the absence of any other channels that were transmitting the "truth." Authorities shut down several Islamist television channels, including Misr 25, the official Brotherhood channel, a day after deposing Brotherhood-fielded president Mohamed Morsi on 3July, claiming the channels were inciting hatred.
"As we have previously insisted: that our opposition is peaceful and will continue to be peaceful, it dissociates itself from all the violence and terrorism as well sectarian clashes and hold fully responsible the military coup and their supporters - from police to thugs - for the violent events and terrorism, as they do not care for anything except to take over power," charges the statement.
The Muslim Brotherhood is accused of being behind the latest sectarian attacks against churches, as well as attacks against security forces and police stations in different governorates.