On Monday night, a protester carried a sign readin "Our peaceful march to parliament was stopped by the Muslim Brotherhood."
Egyptian protesters are no longer only angry with the military government in power. During a recent protest in Cairo, the crowd chanted slogans that were openly hostile toward the Muslim Brotherhood. Members of the Islamic movement were present at this march, but they had not come to participate – they were there to block the march’s progression.
The protesters had gone out into the streets Monday to denounce the Egyptian army’s hold on power. They started by yelling, “We want a free government – life has become intolerable,” but then went on to chant “Sell, sell, sell the revolution, Oh Badih!” (in reference to Mohamed Badih, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood; this chant is a way of accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of being motivated only by its own advancement). Members of the Islamist group then formed a chain to block the protesters’ march toward parliament.
The Muslim Brotherhood swept the legislative elections held after former president Hosni Mubarak was ousted from office. Officially, the Islamist group did not take part in the Egyptian revolution, even if some of its members were among the protesters who demonstrated in Tahrir Square last year. On January 25, Badih even asked his partisans to go out into the streets to celebrate the revolution’s first anniversary.
This video shows Monday's anti-military protest, during which protesters clashed with members of the Muslim Brotherhood who had come to interrupt the march.