Cairo - Thousands of supporters of Egypt's ousted president
and his Muslim Brotherhood group marched on Friday in Cairo to keep pressure on
the military-backed leadership as it tries to stabilise a country roiled by
Supporters of Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first elected
president, demonstrated in Cairo's southern district of Maadi.
Some held pictures of their fallen members.
Others called for Morsi to be reinstated, urging military
leader General Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to step aside.
Other scattered protests occurred across Egypt.
Morsi was overthrown along with his Muslim
Brotherhood-led government in 3 July coup, after millions protested against his
leadership, claiming the Islamist president was incompetent and overstepped his
authority during a year in power.
Since then, Brotherhood supporters have staged near-daily
rallies around the country, protesting security crackdown in which hundreds
have been killed and more than 2 000 of group's members have been jailed.
Morsi has been held incommunicado since his ousting and a
court has ordered an outright ban on his group.
An umbrella group of Islamist parties, including the
Brotherhood, said on Friday's rallies were the beginning of a weeklong protest
campaign until 4 November when Morsi is scheduled to appear in court.
The campaign has been dubbed the week of "steadfastness”.
Morsi faces criminal charges accusing him of inciting the
murder of rallying opponents while he was in office.
Authorities have not said whether Morsi will appear at
the hearing. If he does, it will be his first public appearance since the coup.