Egypt sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death

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An Egyptian court has sentenced 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death.

Lawyers said it’s the biggest mass death sentence in Egypt’s modern history.

Most of the defendants at Monday’s hearing were detained in August during clashes in the southern province of Minya.

The clashes came after two Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo were violently dispersed.

The charges against the group include violence, inciting murder and storming a police station.

Turmoil has deepened since the army overthrew Egyptian president, Mohamed Mursi of the Brotherhood, in July.

A security crackdown has devastated the Brotherhood. The government has declared it a “terrorist” group. The Brotherhood says it is committed to peaceful activism.

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