Minister of Social Solidarity Ahmed al-Borai said at a cabinet news conference on Wednesday that the government's decision declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group also applies to the Freedom and Justice Party.
“The party is the political arm of the group,” he explained, adding that the Brotherhood demonstrations will be considered terrorist activities and will thus also be banned.
On Brotherhood projects, the minister said they would be closely monitored but not closed down to avoid harming workers or the economy.
Following the ouster of Brotherhood President Mohamed, the newly empowered opponents of the Brotherhood have aimed to squash the group, which has been historically the only opposition to the military establishment.
The move was a result of the recent bombing in Mansoura that killed at least 15 people. Though a terrorist organization called Ansar Bayt al-Maqdes has claimed responsibility, the government has placed the blame on the Brotherhood. The government has yet to provide evidence, linking the Brotherhood to the attack.