Hundreds protest against Morsi’s death penalty in Sudan

Crowds protest against Egyptian court’s death penalty by holding up pictures of Morsi

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The National Congress Party of Sudan has organized a protest in Khartoum against the death penalty given to Morsi, the first democratically elected president of Egypt who was deposed by the former general Abdel Fattah Sisi, Reuters has reported.

At least 800 demonstrators took to the streets of Sudan’s capital on Friday, raising their voice against the court’s decision to issue a death sentence to the deposed Egyptian president.

The demonstrators marched from the Grand Mosque after the Friday prayer, among whom were hundreds of Sudanese youth and dozens of Egyptians. 

The protesters chanted slogans against Sisi, holding pictures of Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood figures, as well as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish President Erdogan was known to be the first leader to criticize the Egyptian judiciary for the death penalty and slam Western countries for remaining silent.

The Egyptian court's decision has drawn widespread international criticism, with Turkey warning of regional turmoil if Morsi is executed.

Egyptian authorities had accused Morsi and 130 others of taking part in a mass jailbreak during Egypt’s 2011 revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak who had ruled Egypt for 30 years.

Anti-Morsi protests accusing the use of electoral victories to monopolize power were launched in Cairo on June 30, 2013 in Tahrir Square while the supporters of Morsi gathered in Rabaa Square. 

On July 3, 2013, armed forces led by General Abdel Fattah el Sissi seized control of Egypt, arresting government officers in the following days, alongside other top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational organization known for its political activism combined with Islamic charity work.

“The West, unfortunately, still has not revealed its stance against the coup leader Sisi,” said Erdogan.

The pro-Morsi protests continued for six weeks following the military coup in Cairo, until the Egyptian armed forces raided and killed hundreds of Morsi supporters on August 14, 2013.

Human Rights Watch described the raids as “one of the world’s largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history,” with the number of deaths from the Rabaa Square massacre alone being around 2,600, according to the Muslim Brotherhood.

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