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Muslim Brotherhood to stage fresh protests Friday ahead of Morsi trial

Islamist coalition in support of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, who faces trial starting Monday, vows ongoing protests demanding his reinstatement

Ahram Online, Thursday 31 Oct 2013
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File photo: Egyptian Former President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood will begin fresh protests starting Friday in preparation for the first court session in the trial of the ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on charges of inciting violence.

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL) renewed the call for protests in a statement Thursday in support for Morsi who is due in court 4 November, which the NASL called "President's Perseverance Day."

Supporters of Morsi have been staging near daily demonstrations calling for his reinstatement since he was deposed by the military amid mass protests 3 July. Demonstrations have often resulted in clashes with security forces and residents against the Brotherhood.

This week's protests mark another test for the Muslim Brotherhood — whether they can keep a presence in the street as a means to pressure interim authorities. They also challenge an already fragile security situation as authorities strive to maintain order nationwide in the run up to Monday's court session.

If Morsi is present in court it would be his first public appearance since July. Since being deposed, Morsi has been kept at an undisclosed location, with no access to the media or his supporters.

 

In their statement, the NASL claimed Morsi, "the forcefully kidnapped legitimate president," is being "deprived of his legal rights." Morsi has refused to recognise the court, declining to delegate lawyers to defend him on incitement to murder allegations.

The NASL intends to stage a week of protests, including showing up in front of the court on Monday, and for supporters to protest in front of Egyptian embassies and consulates worldwide.

Interim authorities have cracked down on Islamists since July, detaining large numbers of Muslim Brotherhood supporters, including top leaders, mainly on charges of inciting violence and being part of the now "illegal group."

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uslim Brotherhood was banned by court order in September. The groups assets were also frozen.

 

In a show of defiance, the NASL statement asserted, "We will not relent or settle."

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