Egyptian Court Bans Muslim Brotherhood

A protester holds a picture of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in central Khartoum on July 8. (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters)An Egyptian court officially banned the Muslim Brotherhood from all operations across the country including a freeze on all of the organization’s assets and a ban on affiliated groups.

“The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and its non-governmental organization and all the activities that it participates in and any organization derived from it,” said presiding Judge Mohammed al-Sayed.

The Guardian reports:

In practice, the group had almost been forced underground already by the arrest this summer of thousands of its members – including most of its leaders – and the killing of about 1,000 more.

It is a familiar predicament for the Brotherhood, which has been banned for most of its 85-year history and has successfully fought off every threat to its existence. […]

Brotherhood members who remain at liberty say that the arbitrary arrests and state-led killings of their colleagues remain a far more serious threat to the organization’s operational capacity.

The Muslim Brotherhood was the first group to gain power after the revolutionary ousting of former president Hosni Mubarak when a subsequent presidential election went to Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi. However, under the rule of Morsi the group quickly came under fire for what protesters said was a forcible consolidation of power within the government. A military coup eventually lead to Morsi’s ousting in June.

The new development is likely to cause anger amongst Morsi and Brotherhood supporters, who have repeatedly protested against the current military government and its lethal handling of protesters.

“People think the Brotherhood can be dissolved through governmental decisions. But it has existed for 85 years and survived far worse,” Abdel-Rahman Daour, a pro-Morsi activist told the Guardian.

“No one is going to leave. But it’s going to get more revolutionary,” Daour said.

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