World Bulletin/News Desk
A coalition of parties that support ousted President Mohamed Morsi has called for mass rallies on Friday.
In a Wednesday statement, the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy said that the rallies will start with prayers for martyrs in mosques nationwide.
"We will remain steadfast until the bloody military coup is defeated," the pro-Morsi coalition said.
Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, was removed from power by the army after mass demonstrations against him.
Ever since his July 3 removal, Morsi supporters have been staging daily rallies to protest the military coup against the elected president and demand his reinstatement.
Brotherhood leader calls for protests
Meanwhile, a Muslim Brotherhood leader has called for mass protests over expected release of toppled President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday.
"If people did not take to the streets to protest the release, they would be liars and can’t claim that they are revolutionists," Brotherhood leader Ashraf Abdel-Ghaffar told the Anadolu Agency.
An Egyptian court on Wednesday ordered Mubarak’s release after accepting his lawyers' appeal against charges that he had received millions of Egyptian pounds worth of "gifts" from flagship state daily Al-Ahram while in office.
It was the last case for which Mubarak had been remanded in custody.
"I was not astonished by the ruling," Abdel-Ghaffar said.
Egyptian authorities on Wednesday ordered Mubarak be placed under house arrest.
Mohktar al-Ashri, the head of the legal committee of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, has earlier predicted that Mubarak’s release would usher in a peaceful popular movement in the coming period.
"It is the starting point for a peaceful popular movement in the coming period," al-Ashri told the AA.
He insisted that Mubarak’s release was not a defeat of the 2011 revolution.
"The revolution has learned a lot and will continue to face this new reality peacefully," he added.
The Brotherhood leader said that Mubarak’s release shows that the "counter revolution is consolidating its position."
"This is an attempt to breathe a new life into a former regime in order to bring Egypt again to dependency, tyranny and police state," he added.
Mubarak was overthrown in early 2011 after having ruled the country since the 1981 assassination of President Anwar Sadat.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2013, 17:49