(SOURCE) CAIRO: Supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohammad 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. Mohammad 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.
“The Alliance also calls on all free people in Egypt and abroad to stand by the revolutionary will opposing the military coup, and that all activities should be – as they always have been – within peaceful bounds that define our methods and strategy.”
A judge has said Morsi and other Brotherhood members have been charged with “inciting the killing and torture of protesters in front of the Etihadeya (presidential) palace”.