Egyptian Islamists call for protests over Morsi trial

By REUTERS
October 24, 2013 13:39




Supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi have called on Egyptians to hold mass protests on Nov. 4, the day he goes on trial for inciting murder, raising the prospect of more bloodshed as the country's political crisis drags on.

The trial could further inflame tensions between Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and the army-backed government and deepen the instability that has decimated tourism and investment in the most populous Arab state.


Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew Morsi in July after mass protests against his rule and announced a political roadmap he said would lead to free and fair elections.

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 Alliance notes that the coup organizers would like to break the people's and the revolution's will by trying Dr. Mohamed Morsi, the President of the Republic, and his associates, this coming November 4th," a pro-Mursi grouping that includes the Brotherhood said in a statement.


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