Cairo - Islamists planning protests when deposed Egyptian
president Mohamed Morsi's trial starts next week said on Friday they will rally
outside the heavily guarded court, raising the prospect of clashes with police.
"The mass rally on Monday... should be outside the [Police
Officers' Academy] building in Tora," the Anti-Coup Coalition, which is
led by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, said in a statement.
The Coalition, which demands Morsi's reinstatement, also
called for rallies across Egypt starting on Friday.
Interior ministry officials say 20 000 policemen will be
deployed on Monday to guard the south Cairo academy hosting the trial and to
secure Morsi's transport to the makeshift court room.
Morsi, held at a secret location since the military
overthrew him on 3 July, is charged with inciting the murder of protesters
outside his palace in December 2012.
He is to be tried along with 14 other defendants.
The Islamist's supporters have been battered by a police
crackdown since his ouster. About 1 000 people have been killed in clashes and
more than 2 000 arrested.
The campaign of arrests of Islamists has left much of their
leadership in jail and restricted their ability to organise mass protests.
The Anti-Coup Coalition says it believes in peaceful
protest, but it has not shied away from confronting the police.
On 6 October, almost 60 people were killed in clashes when
the Islamists tried to march on Cairo's Tahrir Square while the military and
its supporters commemorated Egypt and Syria's 1973 war with Israel.