Anti-govt. protesters will face jail terms: Egypt

Anti-govt. protesters will face jail terms: Egypt
# 26 December 2013 18:20 (UTC +04:00)

The ministry’s spokesman, Hany Abdel Latif, said on Thursday that protesters who attend rallies sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood will be sentenced to five years in prison.

He said the penalty would also apply to those who are in any way related to the Brotherhood.

Meanwhile, the National Coalition to Support Legitimacy said police detained over 200 anti-government activists.

Reports indicate that security forces have also detained at least 16 Brotherhood supporters -- among them were an ex-lawmaker and the son of a deputy Brotherhood leader -- in the province of al-Sharqiyah.

The arrests come one day after Cairo declared the movement as a "terrorist" group and banned all its activities over alleged involvement in a deadly bomb attack in Mansoura on Tuesday.

The Muslim Brotherhood, however, rejected any links to the Mansoura bombing and condemned the violence there.

Meanwhile, a group of militants who call themselves Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the attack that killed 16 people and left some 140 more wounded.

The designation of Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist entity has raised fears of a major crackdown on the group, which has been leading protests against the July military coup that toppled Egypt's former president, Mohamed Morsi.