It seems like the Anarchist group Black Bloc has taken root in Egyptian revolutionary politics.
Taken from here:The Black Bloc, a new Egyptian anarchist group, made its first appearance last week, on the eve of the second anniversary of the 25 January 2011 revolution. With a declared aim of fighting the Muslim Brotherhood, it has drawn a lot of mainstream criticism.
BBC News - Black Bloc anarchists emerge
They seem to have the numbers to make an impact, and their idiology might appeal to the 'Ultras' culture that was instrumental in resisting the Mubarrack era crackdowns. Of course they are being condemned and (perhaps oddly) accused of being 'revolutionary socialist'.
Now it is that claim I find most interesting. Is there any evidence that Black Bloc, in Egypt at least, is socialist? Its a pretty loose movement, but European Anarchists see little difference between Communism and Nazism. But does the claim that in Egypt, that Black Bloc are 'socialist' show that the Muslim Brotherhood is strongly opposed to Socialism? And if so, does that have implications for Trade Unionism and actual socialism in the MiddleEast? Baathism is dead, and its not coming back. Nasserism exists still in Egypt, but seems right of centre. Pan-Arabism has been co-opted or superceded by the Muslim Brotherhood.The Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated TV channel, Misr 25, reported on 26 January that the Black Bloc was "part of the alleged revolutionary movements, such as anarchism and the [Egyptian Trotskyist] Revolutionary Socialists".
Is the emergence of Black Bloc a good thing, if its stated aim is to galvanise resistence to an emerging police state? Is it a good, or necessary addition to the political landscape of the Arab world?
What this development does suggest is that 'radicalism' in the Arab world is no longer the preserve of violent or ultra-conservative Thiests. It will be interesting to see where this goes, and if it does attract a lot of support.
EDIT: it occurs to me as I write this that there may be a link between the recent claim by the head of the Egyptian military, that "The state is under threat", and the emergence of Black Bloc movement. Certainly in criticism of Black Bloc there has been reference to the fact, as a movement, they are anti-state. This raises the possibility that the Egyptian authorities do see the emergence of Black Bloc as potentially a major challange.