Muslim Brotherhood supporters rally in Egypt

Oct 25, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of supporters of Egypt's ousted president and his Muslim Brotherhood group marched Friday in Cairo to keep pressure on the military-backed leadership as it tries to stabilize a country roiled by political turmoil.

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 Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to step aside.

Other scattered protests occurred across Egypt.

Morsi was overthrown along with his Muslim Brotherhood-led government in July 3 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 Friday's rallies were the beginning of a weeklong protest campaign until Nov. 4 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.

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