Six people were killed as supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with police in Cairo and other cities across Egypt today (January 3, 2014) -- defying an ever-widening national crackdown on the Islamist Movement -- the Global Post website reports.
Islamists opposed to the army's overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in July have been holding daily demonstrations, even after the army-backed government declared his Brotherhood a terrorist group last week, thus increasing the penalties for dissent.
The government is using the new classification to detain hundreds of Brotherhood supporters. Thousands more -- including top leaders of the group -- have been in jail for months, arrested in the aftermath of the army takeover.
The Muslim Brotherhood -- the country's oldest and best organized Islamist movement -- is now under increased pressure due to mass arrests of its members, orders that the assets of Brotherhood leaders be frozen, and the recent designation of the group as a terrorist organization.