An Islamist coalition led by the Muslim Brotherhood is calling on their supporters to peacefully protest the removal of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in a “Friday of Rejection,” which could be a test of how the military deals with pro-Morsi crowds after his ouster.
The National Coalition in Support of Legitimacy called on the Egyptian people to “take to the streets and mobilize peacefully” after Friday prayers “to say ‘No’ to military detentions, ‘No’ to the military coup,” according to Reuters.
“We are being headhunted all over the country,” Muslim Brotherhood Spokesman Gehad el-Haddad said Thursday, according to The Guardian. “We are holding a mass rally after Friday prayers to take all peaceful steps necessary to bring down this coup.”
The announcements came on the same day Egyptian security officials said they arrested the Muslim Brotherhood’s leader, after the military ousted Brotherhood-aligned Morsi and replaced him with the supreme justice of the Constitutional Court.
State prosecutors said that Morsi would face an investigation next week into claims that he “insulted the presidency.”
The officials said Mohammed Badie was arrested Wednesday night in a resort village in Marsa Matrouh, a Mediterranean coastal city west of Cairo not far from the Libyan border. He had been staying in a villa owned by a businessman with Brotherhood links.