Egyptian Interior Ministry handout shows Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie at a police station after being arrested by security forces in Cairo (Photo:Reuters)
In their first official statement since the arrest of their Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie on Monday, Muslim Brotherhood Spokesperson Ahmed Aref says his arrest was neither political nor partisan, but rather a plot against the January 25 Revolution.
"Dr Mohamed Badie is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Brotherhood is a member in the National Coalition to Support Legitimacy and [we] reject the coup" said Aref on his Facebook page, adding no one as the authority to take away Egyptians' right to a safe life.
"We repeat that the issue is neither political or partisan, but rather a plot that did not start on 30 June [when major protests demanded early presidential elections to oust Brotherhood-fielded Morsi] but was planned since 11 February 2011 when Mr president Hosni Mubarak [was ousted and ] assigned the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to rule the country," Aref charged.
"Nevertheless the revolution will not die; the coup is terrorism and our peacefulness is stronger than bullets" he continued.
Mohamed Badie was arrested Monday night by security forces in an apartment near Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square, the site of weeks-long protests pushing for Morsi's reinstatement that was violently dispersed on Wednesday.
Other political forces and groups in Egypt began to react to his arrest. Co-founder of Tamarod (Rebel) campaign that organised the 30 June protests, Mohamed Abdel Aziz, described Badie's arrest as an important step in the revolution and counter-terrorism.
Abdel Aziz said on his Facebook account that it was important to disband the Brotherhood, confiscate its financial sources and officially deem it a terrorist organisation.