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Egypt’s prosecutor orders detention of 22 Black Bloc members

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Egyptian public prosecutor Talaat Ibrahim ordered on Wednesday the detention of 22 suspected Black Bloc members accused of funding the mysterious group, which has been linked to violent attacks on public and private properties, Egypt Independent reported.

Prosecutor’s office spokesman Mahmoud al-Hefnawy said the 22 Black Bloc suspects are summoned based on investigative reports presented by the country’s National Security apparatus.

The Bloc committed a crime by establishing a violent group to conduct acts of terrorism, robberies, murder, destroy public and private enterprises, in addition to terrifying innocent people, Hefnawy told the newspaper.

“The investigations led by the National Security defined the identities of individuals funding this group to commit the stated crimes, attack individual freedoms and harm social security,” Hefnawy told the newspaper. The defendants will be banned from traveling, he added.

The group of masked young protesters present themselves as the defenders of protesters opposed to President Mohamed Mursi’s rule.

The Bloc says it uses force to fight back against Islamists who have attacked protesters in the past - or against police who crack down on demonstrations.