Morsi will never compromise says family

Statement through Muslim Brotherhood says deposed Egyptian president will not negotiate with military-backed government.

Mohamed Morsi (right), Egypt's first elected president, was toppled by the military in July [AFP]

The family of deposed President Mohamed Morsi say he will not negotiate nor accept any compromise following a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood by military-backed authorities.

Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, was removed by the military on July 3 following mass protests against his rule. Authorities have since launched a crackdown on his backers, the Muslim Brotherhood, killing hundreds at protest camps and marches and arresting about 2,000 Islamist activists and group members.

“The president will not retreat, or negotiate or accept compromises especially after all the martyrs, the wounded, the arrested and missing,” his family said in a statement carried on the Muslim Brotherhood’s website.

“No matter how much they try to keep him away, the president will not retreat from a return to the democratic path, even if his soul is the price of this democratic path,” the family said in a statement to mark the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha.

Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders accuse the army of staging a coup that reversed the gains of the 2011 revolt against Hosni Mubarak.

The army says it was carrying out the people’s will and has presented a plan it says will lead to free and fair elections.

The Brotherhood has refused to take part in the transition, saying it would legitimise a coup.

Morsi supporters clashed with opponents and security forces last Friday, with state media reporting 57 killed.

Morsi has not been seen since his overthrow. He is due to face trial on November 4 on charges of inciting violence.

Source: Reuters