Statement by Tarek Ali, Sayed Fouda, Magdy Essam, Mohamed Salem
The Muslim Brotherhood has issued a statement in which the movement makes it clear that it rejects what it calls the "terrorism" of the new police state and that it will not cooperate with the usurper government following the military coup earlier this week.
Guidance Bureau member Abdelrahman Badr condemned "the coup against the president, the constitution and democratic legitimacy", and said that the Brotherhood will not deal with the authorities which have usurped the will of the people. He added that the Islamic movement is taking part in popular peaceful protests against the coup.
The statement denounced all forms of violence which have occurred during the protests. Badr called on everyone to avoid bloodshed, use self-restraint and refrain from getting dragged into violence and counter-violence.
"The coup's moves against the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party," said Mr Badr, "take us back to the dark days of tyranny, repression and corruption." He said that the Brotherhood holds the security services entirely responsible for protecting peaceful demonstrations against the coup.