Morsi supporters call for daily protests
31 October 2013, 22:47
Cairo - Supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president
Mohammed Morsi called on Thursday for daily protests in the four days before
his trial on 4 November, raising the danger of more violence in a crisis that
has already cost hundreds of lives.
Morsi, who was ousted by the army on 3 July after mass
demonstrations against his rule, is due to appear in court on Monday along with
14 other senior Muslim Brotherhood figures on charges of inciting violence.
The trial could further inflame tensions between the
Brotherhood and the army-backed interim government as it struggles to restore
stability in the most populous Arab state.
"The Alliance calls on all proud, free Egyptians to
gather in the squares in protest against these trials... starting on
Friday," the Brotherhood and its allies said in a statement.
It urged crowds to move on Monday to a police institute
near Cairo's Tora prison, where the trial is expected to take place.
The charges relate to the deaths of about a dozen people
in clashes outside the presidential palace in December after Morsi enraged his
opponents with a decree expanding his powers.
Morsi has been held in a secret location in the four
months since his overthrow.
In that time Islamist militants have staged almost daily
attacks in the Sinai Peninsula.
Supporters and opponents of the Brotherhood have often
clashed in the streets.
Backers of Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president,
say his removal was a coup, reversing the gains of the popular uprising which
toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
The army says it was responding to the will of the
Security officials accuse Brotherhood leaders of inciting
violence and terrorism.
Hundreds of the Brotherhood's members have been killed
and many of its leaders have been jailed in one of the toughest security
crackdowns in the movement's history.
A court order has banned the Brotherhood, Egypt's oldest
and best organised Islamist movement, and seized its funds.
The Brotherhood denies any links with violent activity.