UPDATE at 5.40pm: News from Egypt, Sameh has been released
Statement issued by the Centre for Socialist Studies
A group of armed civilians, in cooperation with the military police, attacked a group of Revolutionary Socialists a short while ago.
Sameh Naguib, labour lawyer Haitham Mohammedein and human rights lawyer Ahmed Mamdouh were attacked while participating in a march in Alexandria. After this Naguib was turned over to the military at the headquarters of the military governor on the military base at Ras el-Tin.
Kamal Khalil, Revolutionary Socialist and founder of the Democratic Workers and Farmers Party heard the news on a march headed to the Ministry of Defence in eastern Cairo. He began to chant to the march, 'Release him! Open up! Release him! Sameh is one of us and we will not leave him.'
The attack on the Revolutionary Socialists comes after an intense defamation campaign undertaken by the military council in conjunction with the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The most recent offensive came via the official page of the military council on social networking site Facebook, accusing Sameh Naguib by name of mobilising students at the American University, where he works as professor of sociology, to carry out a plan to destroy Egypt.
The students of the American University responded by stating that they are an integral part of the Egyptian Revolution.
The panic that the military council is showing toward peaceful calls for the rights of the martyrs and surrender of power makes clear that our revolution is on the correct path.
This is demonstrated by the military council's use of techniques from the previous regime.
The use of groups of armed thugs proves to us and to all that the military council was, and still remains, an illegitimate continuation of the deposed regime.
They are at the head of the counter revolution, which seeks to overturn revolutionary and parliamentary legitimacy.
Freedom for Sameh Naguib! Freedom and victory to the revolutionaries!
The revolution continues. Victory to the revolution. Glory to the martyrs.
Centre for Socialist Studies
Friday 10 February 2012