Egypt ' s Muslim Brotherhood has called for mass protests in support of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, across the North African country.
Essam el - Erian, vice chairman of the Brotherhood ' s Freedom and Justice Party, called for mass nationwide rallies on Monday, adding, " Next Monday a bigger crowd, God willing, in all the squares of Egypt - against the military coup. " El - Erian wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday that Egyptians have decided through the ballot box and no one can impose its decision on the people.
" Egypt decides through the ballot box, through protests, and mass rallies and peaceful sit - ins. No one person, one elite group and military organization will impose its decision on the people, " he added.
The call comes as thousands of Morsi supporters are demanding his return to office in peaceful protests across the country. The army ousted Morsi - - Egypt’s first democratically elected president - - in a coup last week. Since then, the new military - backed administration has intensified its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, issuing arrest warrants for many of the group ' s members. Meanwhile, Germany has called on the Egyptian military to release the ousted president.
“It ' s not only an expression of our commitment to the rule of law, but it ' s also our political conviction, that any form of political repression will damage Egypt ' s future, ” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in a Friday press release.
“We demand an end to the restrictions placed upon Mr. Morsi's freedom of movement,” he added. Egypt plunged into violence after the country’s powerful military ousted Morsi, suspended the constitution, and dissolved the parliament on July 3. The army declared chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as interim president on July 4. Since then, Egypt has been the scene of rival rallies and clashes between thousands of the supporters and opponents of the ousted president. Morsi is reportedly being held “preventively” by the military. Senior army officials say he might face formal charges over accusations made by his opponents. Muslim Brotherhood, the influential group from which Morsi emerged, has vowed to keep protesting until he is reinstated.