Member of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Beltagy (L) speaks during his trial at a court in Cairo, May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper
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While the Muslim Brotherhood's old guard doggedly call for peaceful resistance from their Egyptian courtroom cages, some youth members are seriously considering forceful retaliation against a state crackdown on their movement.Believed to have about 1 million members in a country of 85 million, the Brotherhood renounced violence decades ago.Another estimated up to 20 percent of youth members think violence may be the only option left, though older leaders put the figure at 10 percent.Senior Brotherhood official Mohammad Saleh said the movement had started holding the workshops to rein in young members who have been imprisoned and tortured.Underscoring the military's long-standing hostility to the Brotherhood, Sisi told Reuters in an interview last week that the oldest and most powerful Islamist movement in the Middle East had become irrelevant to Egyptian society.Violent Islamist groups and Egyptian jihadis returning from the Syrian civil war have approached Brotherhood youths, trying to persuade them to take up arms against the state, several members said.Abdel-Moneim says Brotherhood leaders are scrambling to contain the youth.
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