Egypt’s state prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie and nine other senior figures in the movement.
They are wanted for allegedly instigating the violence that led to the deaths of more than 50 Brotherhood supporters in clashes with the army on Monday.
The Muslim Brotherhood fears a return to the situation they faced under Hosni Mubarak, when the movement was banned and its members pursued.
One Brotherhood member says he is concerned about human rights: “The issue for me and for all of us here at this sit-in is not related to the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. The issues are the freedoms that are beginning to be eroded after the coup. There are lots of arrest warrants being issued almost 1,000 for the Brotherhood and others.”
Leading human rights groups in the country have condemned the excessive use of force and called for an independent investigation into the violence.