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Meet the Black Bloc: Egypt's most talked about radical opposition group

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In an exclusive interview, Ahram Online talks with members of Egypt's most controversial and mysterious opposition group, the outlawed Black Bloc, ahead of nationwide anti-Morsi protests on 30 June

Meet the Black Bloc: Egypt's most talked about radical opposition group

Zeinab El Guindy
Ahram Online
Thursday 13 Jun 2013

After 45 days in detention, security forces have released eight young men arrested in April for being part of the amorphous and outlawed group the "Black Bloc."

Eight youth slapped with the same charges, including spreading terrorism and banned ideas online, possessing firearms, using violence against public servants and burning down Muslim Brotherhood buildings, have been released.

Egypt's Black Bloc has ruffled the feathers of authorities since it mysteriously appeared on 24 January 2013. Just five days later, Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah issued a blanket arrest warrant for anyone involved in what he dubbed the "organised group practicing terrorist acts." The media went wild.

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