Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi, who is currently imprisoned, has called on his supporters to remain steadfast and not to recognize what he called a coup which toppled his government last year. “There should be no recognition of the coup,” he wrote in a statement from prison published on his Facebook page on Saturday, adding, “There should be no retreat from the revolution and there should be no negotiation at the expense of the blood of the martyrs.” Morsi, who signed the statement “President of the Arab Republic of Egypt,” noted that members of the current leadership in the North African country “live in fear of a black fate awaiting them as a punishment for what they have perpetrated of crimes against this great nation.” He further stressed that despite several attempts “to negotiate a compromise at the expense of the revolution and the blood of the martyrs,” he would not leave prison before “all my detained sons are freed and before all my detained daughters are back in their homes.” The deposed president also expressed delight that the Egyptian people have continued their revolution “against the paralyzed coup and its leaders.” Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, was ousted in July 2013 in a military coup led by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the country’s current president and then army commander. Sisi is accused of leading the suppression of Muslim Brotherhood supporters as hundreds of them have been killed in clashes with Egyptian security forces over the last year. Rights groups say the army’s crackdown on the supporters of Morsi has left over 1,400 people dead and 22,000 arrested, while some 200 people have been sentenced to death in mass trials. According to the group Women Against the Coup, at least 200 women have been sent to jail for backing the anti-coup movement, while many of them were “beaten by batons, their scarves were removed and they were pulled by the hair, clothes were ripped off, and they were sexually molested by officers who touched their private parts.”