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Morsi supporters to march against ‘retaliatory justice’

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to carry out Friday protests amid closures of Tahrir, Nahda and Rabaa Al-Adaweya squares

Students supporting ousted president Morsi on the first day of his trial on 4 November 2013 (AFP Photo)
Students supporting ousted president Morsi on the first day of his trial on 4 November 2013
(AFP Photo)

Security forces closed off¬†Tahrir,¬†Nahda¬†and¬†Rabaa¬†Al-Adaweya squares on Friday¬†morning ahead of demonstrations by supporters of ousted president Mohamed¬†Morsi, who announced protests under the banner of ‚Äúno to retaliatory justice‚ÄĚ.

In a statement issued¬†Thursday, the Anti-Coup Alliance, supported by the Muslim Brotherhood and other pro-Morsi¬†groups, blamed the ‚Äúdeep state‚ÄĚ for¬†Morsi‚Äôs¬†ouster, including the judiciary, saying that among ‚Äúhonourable¬†judges‚ÄĚ were other ones working against the revolution.

The alliance added that it considered¬†Morsi‚Äôs¬†trial as a ‚Äújudicial farce‚ÄĚ because it violated the constitution and did not seek justice for the Muslim Brotherhood members killed on the same night at¬†Itihadiya presidential palace.

The statement by the group went on to call the speedy trial and conviction of 12¬†Morsi¬†supporters for clashes at¬†Al-Azhar¬†University¬†a ‚Äújudicial tragedy‚ÄĚ,¬†adding that no security officers who had allegedly killed protesters were being tried.

The statement called on ‚Äúhonourable¬†Egyptians‚ÄĚ to protest¬†on Friday¬†in a ‚Äúmillion man¬†march¬†saying no to retaliatory justice.‚ÄĚ

On Wednesday¬†Morsi¬†issued a¬†statement¬†through his lawyers saying that ‚Äúthe coup is a crime which violates the Armed Forces‚Äô rules,‚ÄĚ accusing Minister of¬†Defence¬†Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi¬†of betraying his people. He also saluted the protests calling for his return saying he ‚Äúgained strength from the revolutionaries on the streets.‚Ä̬†The second hearing for the trial of¬†Morsi, who is being detained in Borg Al-Arab Prison, is scheduled for¬†8 January.

The Anti-Coup Alliance has been calling for Friday demonstrations and has also called for protests at universities and on public holidays.

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