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The Muslim Brotherhood has labeled Egypt's judiciary as “counter-revolutionary”, after it's political party was banned over the weekend.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Egyptian political wing has issued a defiant statement in response to its own party's dissolution, vowing to continue to struggle against the government in Cairo.

The Brotherhood's party, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), was dissolved by an Egyptian court on August 9.

The ban means Brotherhood members wont be able to participate in parliamentary elections under the FJP banner later this year.

“The headquarters of the party, its properties and assets which have been stolen by the coup leadership, are nothing compared to the blood of the martyrs and wounded, the pain of the detainees, or the tears of orphaned children and widowed wives,” the organization said in a statement over the weekend.

The Brotherhood accused Egypt's judiciary of being “counter-revolutionary”, stating the FJP was dissolved for backing peaceful protests against the 2013 coup, which first brought General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to power.

Sisi has since been elected president, though the Brotherhood has accused the military and Sisi of suppressing political dissent, including violence against supporters of ousted former president Mohammed Morsi.

The Brotherhood was declared a terrorist organization in Egypt in December.

Over one thousand people have been killed in a crackdown on Brotherhood supporters.

A further 16,000 Egyptians have been rounded up in mass arrests, aimed at breaking the Brotherhood's mass movement.


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