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Al-Azhar University SU vows more protests after Sunday violence

Student Union says upcoming demos will call for release of those detained during Sunday 'anti-coup' protests

Ahram Online, Sunday 20 Oct 2013
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Al-Azhar University's student union says students will hold additional protests following the Cairo demonstrations that ended in violence on Sunday.

In a statement issued after the chaos that erupted on the first day after the Eid holiday, the student union said they will mobilise to call for the release of those arrested during Sunday's protest.

Several hundred students protested on Sunday at Al-Azhar University's two Cairo campuses against what they call a military 'coup' that toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. At least seven students were arrested and a policeman was injured, according to security sources.

The student union's statement, however, says that 30 students were arrested. 

According to the statement, the union may resort to "peaceful" escalation to pressure for the detained students' release.

During the protests, students shouted anti-police slogans, threw stones at security forces stationed outside the university gates, and set fire to a nearby rubbish bin, leading security forces to respond with tear gas, according to a statement on the interior ministry's Facebook page.

Al-Azhar University Deputy President Ibrahim Hudhud also accused the protesters of violence. The student union statement criticised Hudhud for his "false" accusation.

"Studies will continue, even if the demonstrations persist," Hudhud announced via televised comments Sunday. "A small faction will not act against the interests of more than 400,000 students," he added.

The prestigious Al-Azhar University belongs to Al-Azhar Institution, the highest authority of Sunni Islam.

Since Morsi's removal in July, security forces have severely cracked down on the former president's now-banned Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi and senior Brotherhood leaders have been detained on various allegations, including inciting violence.

The political schism between opposing students has also led to recurrent clashes, causing numerous injuries and several arrests since the start of the new academic year in late September.

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Carole T.
21-10-2013 06:18pm
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Future Imams & teachers
These protesting students are not adhering to the precepts of Al Ahzar U. These are brotherhood youth who will push to graduate and then go on to preach & teach Brotherhood dogma when they graduate you can be sure. I say kick them out. Students who protest are making it uncomfortable for those who strive to get their religious education. Any student protests that disrupt education should be stopped. If they don't like the curriculum or the standards of the school just quit!
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Bashar
21-10-2013 10:11am
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Who gave Al-Azhar this title....
"the highest authority of Sunni Islam."???????? Who has given Al-Azhar this title?? They definately do not speak for the majority of the Sunni's throughout the world, especially after their support of the illegitimate coup in Egypt, their support of massacres of innocent Egyptian people, their support of arbitrary arrests and detention without charge, their support of trumped up charges against protesters and leaders and their support of OPPRESSION and suppression of freedom of speech and media. No Sunni in his or her right mind will give this discredited institution any authority so what makes them the "highest authority"???
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sn
21-10-2013 06:12am
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Right to violence
Some of these activists appear to be agitating for an all out war which they hope to win. But they forget that they are simply a violent noisy minority of Egyptians. The majority appear to be be peaceful citizens whose interests matter and should be taken into consideration. Should their patience run out the noisy violent minority might not stand a chance. it is wrong for any faction to bestow unto themselves the right to violence. Violence will not help anyone but rather can only cause destruction to everyone. The minority should not be allowed to call shots for everybody. They must be put into check wherever they show any ugly head. Only then will they understand the folly of their action and hopefully change for the better. Peace benefits everyone but violence causes loss to everyone too. By assigning themselves the right to violence the minority is causing needless pain to the peaceful majority.
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Allen
21-10-2013 01:22am
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Ever wonder?
Do you ever wonder what is it that they are teaching at that "University". Brotherly love?.... Organizing mayham?.... Civility?....
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