Sharqiya Security Director Sameh al-Kelany has said that 18 members of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, have resigned in protest of what they called terrorist acts practiced by the group.
Al-Kelany said that 77 members of the party’s branch in the governorate filed official reports to police stations of Kafr Saqr, Abu Kebeerm Faqous and Abu Hammad stating that they are resigning from the party. “They gave us back their membership cards,” he added.
The members filed the reports in order to have official proof that they no longer are a part of the FJP.
The Brotherhood was declared a terrorist organization by the interim government following the bombing in Mansoura that killed 16 people and injured hundreds. Though the militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdes claimed responsibility for the attack, the govern immediately began pointing fingers at the Brotherhood.
Since being declared a terrorist organization, many in the Brotherhood are trying to distance themselves from the organization. Some former Brotherhood members have announced forming a new group denouncing violence.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm