World Bulletin / News Desk
Anti-coup coalition has called for mass protests on Tuesday to show solidarity with ousted president Mohamed Morsi following the launch on Monday of the ousted leader's trial.
In a statement, the pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy said that the planned protests aimed to "salute the president's steadfastness" as was illustrated during Morsi's first trial session on Monday.
The alliance urged supporters to converge on public squares nationwide and outside Egyptian embassies abroad.
Morsi and seven other defendants appeared in court earlier Monday to answer charges that they had incited the murder of demonstrators outside Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace late last year.
Morsi's supporters insist that the charges against him and his co-defendants are politically motivated.
The Cairo Criminal Court later adjourned trial proceedings to January 8.
Morsi told the presiding judge that he still represented Egypt's legitimate president.
"I'm Dr. Mohamed Morsi, the elected, legitimate president of the country," he told the judge.
Morsi also refused to wear a government-issued white prison uniform to the courtroom or sign any documentation related to the trial.
At one point, the ousted president flashed the "Rabaa Sign" – the four-finger salute commemorating the hundreds of pro-democracy protesters killed by security forces in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in mid-August.
"Morsi's refusal to recognize this illegitimate trial and wear prison garb has doubled his popularity," the alliance posited.
Tuesday will be a national holiday in Egypt to mark the beginning of the new Islamic year.Last Mod: 05 Kasım 2013, 09:24