Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood 'activities' banned

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An Egyptian court has banned all Muslim Brotherhood activities and those of any affiliated associations in the country and has frozen all its assets. The group have condemned the decision.

It is the latest move in the crackdown on the Islamist group which supports ousted President Mohamed Mursi.

Since he was removed from power by the military on July 1st, around 1,000 brotherhood members have been arrested and many killed in violent clashes.

The news comes just one day after the constitutional committee announced a rollback of changes to the constitution adopted under Mursi.

Mohamed Salmawy, spokesman of the Constitutional Committee Spokesman explained:

“The amendment can be partial or can be total. Let me tell you that the general drive inside the committee is for a total change of the constitution”.

The state of emergency imposed by the military-backed interim government was extended for a further two months last week as tensions continue to boil over.

The Islamist movement had been forbidden for decades before sweeping to power with their political wing the Freedom and Justice party after the revolution in 2011. Commentators fear a ban will force more militant members underground, sparking fears of further violence.