Turks and Egyptians protest against Morsi trial in Turkey

Turks and Egyptians living in Turkey gathered in front of the Egyptian Embassy in the capital city of Ankara and in various parts of Istanbul on Monday to protest against the trial of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

Turks and Egyptians protest against Morsi trial in Turkey
World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish human rights associations organized a protest on Monday in front of the Egyptian embassy in Ankara against Mohamed Morsi's trial and the military coup in Egypt.

Dozens of protesters raised slogans such as “Dictators can’t judge elected president Morsi” and “Down with the bloody coup” along with Rabia’s sign, the four-finger salute commemorating the hundreds of pro-democracy protesters killed and injured when security forces violently dispersed the Rabaa sit-in on August 14 this year. 

“We are here as freedom defenders to condemn the unfair trial of the elected president Morsi," said one of the protesters to Anadolu Agency’s reporter. "We call on all the freedom defenders arround the world to stand by Morsi and support the true will of Egyptian people.”

IHH and Ozgur-Der, both Turkish NGOs, said in a press release that what happened in Egypt was a military coup and that the ousted president Morsi should be instantly released.

EGYPTIANS PROTEST IN ISTANBUL

Dozens of Egyptians living in Istanbul also protested a trial that Egypt’s ousted leader Mohamed Morsi appeared on Monday in Cairo.

Protestors gathered outside Egypt’s Consulate General in Istanbul and chanted slogans against General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, labeling him as “killer”, while they praised President Morsi and his stance against the court. Protesters waved Egyptian flag and raised placards showing the Rabia’s sign, the four-finger salute commemorating the hundreds of pro-democracy protesters killed and injured when security forces violently dispersed the Rabaa sit-in on August 14 this year. 

The Muslim Brotherhood’s senior leader Esref Abdulgaffar said during the protest that the regime that killed hundreds of people was not tried while President Morsi was put on trial. “Democracy and justice are tried today,” he said angrily.

Rabia Platform spokesperson and a leading Turkish thinker Abdurrahman Dilipak praised Morsi’s stance against the court on Monday by saying that, “We congratulate Morsi. He stood against this.” Dilipak added that what the court had done was nothing but “shame.”

Apart from the protest outside the Consulate General, three other gatherings were held in Istanbul on Monday to protest the trial in Cairo.

TRIAL ADJOURNED TILL JANUARY

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected leader, was ousted by the military establishment on July 3 after only one year in office following large demonstrations against his presidency. Along with 14 senior members of his Muslim Brotherhood party, he faces charges – which supporters insist are politically motivated – of inciting the killing of demonstrators outside Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace in Decermber 2012.

In his first public appearance since July 3, Morsi was brought to a Cairo courthouse on Monday morning from a secret location where he has spent a four-month detention. If convicted, Morsi could face the death penalty. The trial is adjourned to January 8.

Last Mod: 05 Kasım 2013, 09:38
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