Cairo - Islamists held protests on Friday and clashed
with police in the Egyptian city of Alexandria ahead of the start of the trial
of deposed president Mohammed Morsi.
The pro-Morsi coalition that called for the protests said
it would also hold a rally on Monday outside the court where the Islamist
leader is expected to appear.
The coalition, which demands Morsi's reinstatement, also
called for rallies across Egypt starting on Friday.
Protesters clashed with police who used tear gas in the
Mediterranean city of Alexandria, a security official said.
Police arrested 60 protesters, the official said.
In the Nile Delta city of Zaqaziq, five people were
wounded when pro-Morsi protesters clashed with civilian opponents, the official
MENA news agency reported.
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.
"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.
Morsi, held at a secret location since the military
overthrew him on 3 July, is charged with inciting the murder of protesters
outside the presidential 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
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 Islamists tried to march on Cairo's Tahrir Square, while the military and
its supporters commemorated the 1973 war with Israel.