Turkish activists launch digital campaign for Morsi

Over 2,500 activists participate in campaign which began in Turkey, calling for release of Egypt’s first democratically elected president and his co-defendants from jail

Photo by: Public Domain
Photo by: Public Domain

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Over 2,500 activists have announced their support for Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi through a Turkish organised online campaign at freemorsi.org

Turkish activists have initiated a campaign to support Morsi and his 105 co-defendants who are currently imprisoned in Egypt.

An Egyptian court ordered the death penalty for Morsi and 105 co-defendants.

The court ultimately accused Egypt’s political party, the Muslim Brotherhood, which Morsi was a leading member of as "committing acts which led to compromising the independence of the country, its unity and territorial integrity," courtroom said "investigations revealed the Muslim Brotherhood leaders are in close alliance with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas."

The online campaign, which was launched on Sunday, is collecting digital signatures to bring awareness to Morsi’s trial, which will be held on June 16.

"Ghandi, Martin Luther King or Mandela; they all fought for freedom, justice and humanity. Morsi did so, too. He was against violence and militancy,” says the homepage of the campaign’s website reads.

“A military dictator imprisoned Morsi and his friends. Death sentences were ruled. A humiliating blow to all who believe in democracy,” it continues. “Morsi and his friends are striving to uphold the dignity of humanity, of all of us. Let the voice of those who believe in freedom, justice and democracy be heard. The Egyptian people's elected president, Morsi and his friends should be released.”

Egypt’s first democratically elected president Morsi was ousted by a military coup in July 2013 – one year after assuming office.

The military coup occurred hours after anti-government demonstrators hit the streets.

Mohamed Morsi was the Egyptian president between June 2012 and July 2013, before he was deposed by a military coup orchestrated by current president and former army general Abdul Fattah el Sisi.

Since Morsi's ouster, Egypt has launched a relentless crackdown on opposition that has targeted Muslim Brotherhood members, as well as activists and secularist groups, leaving hundreds dead and thousands behind bars.


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