Egypt Islamists to rally ahead of Morsi's trial

Oct 31, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT
Egyptian workers inspect damages after pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters stormed the Al-Azhar Islamic university in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Hours after the arrest of Essam el-Erian, the deputy leader of the Brotherhood's political arm, the Freedom and Justice party, pro-Muslim Brotherhood student protesters stormed the administrative building of Al-Azhar Islamic university. They smashed windows and equipment while besieging the office of university's chief and other administrators. (AP Photo
(AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El Latef, El Shorouk)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood-led coalition has called for mass demonstrations across the country starting Friday until the trial of the country's ousted president begins.

The trial of toppled President Mohammed Morsi is set to begin Nov. 4. Morsi, ousted in a July 3 coup, faces charges of inciting murder and violence in connection to deadly clashes outside presidential palace in December.

Some fear the trial will mark a new cycle of turmoil in Egypt. Since the coup, Egypt witnessed one of its worst bloodbaths when security forces violently cleared protest camps in Cairo, leaving hundreds dead and sparked weeks of unrest.

Morsi has been detained in undisclosed military facility since the coup. He has spoken twice to his family by telephone.