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Pro-Morsi students demonstrate on multiple Egypt campuses

Pro-Morsi students demonstrate at main campus in Cairo; women students hold rally with drums; Pro-military and Pro-Morsi students protest on campus in Tanta

Ahram Online, MENA, Sunday 27 Oct 2013
Protests in Al Azhar University in Cairo
Protests in Al Azhar University in Cairo (Photo: Ahram Gate)
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Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood students at Cairo’s Al-Azhar university protested on Sunday demanding the dismissal of the university President and Al-Azhar's Grand Imam.

The administration threatened to take legal procedures against whoever disrupts "the educational system."

Tens of female students formed a group called the "Ultras Azhari girls," to defend the legitimacy of ousted president Morsi within Al-Azhar University.

Using the tambour and other Ultras inspired chants, the group held a rally on Al-Azhar's University campus in the girls' section, chanting slogans such as, "the voice of the woman is revolution," and, "the voice of woman is not nakedness".

The Ultras Azhari girls group demands the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to his former position as Egypt's president, as well as the reinstatement of the Shura council and currently-suspended 2012 constitution.Groups of students have been protesting what they call a "military coup" that toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. They reject the country's interim leadership and call for Morsi's reinstatement. They’re also demanding that their detained colleagues be freed.

On 17 October, student protests at Al-Azhar turned violent, when police intervened to disperse what they said was a non-peaceful demonstration.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that police only fired teargas at students after they rioted outside the university gates and blocked roads around campus.

At least seven students were arrested and a policeman was injured, according to security sources.

The university's student union, however, maintains 30 students were arrested.

More demonstrations

Helwan University students belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood organised a protest that led to clashes with fellow students supporting the armed forces, State News Agency MENA reported.

According to MENA, pro-army students were provoked after pro-Morsi students chanted against the military and waved the four-finger sign that represents Rabaa Al-Adawiya, a Cairo suburban where Morsi supporters were protesting for over six-weeks before the police violently dispersed the sit-in in August.

University security intervened to prevent further escalation.

Some pro-army students climbed to the top of one of the university's buildings, where they shredded the Rabaa sign and raised the Egyptian flag.

Meanwhile in Egypt’s Nile delta,a twin protest erupted on Al-Azhar’s campus in Tanta, where tens of Muslim Brotherhood students chanted against the military, denouncing the detention of their colleagues

This demonstration was countered by another student march in support of the military, demanding the implementation of the post-Morsi road map.

Since the start of the new academic year in September, tensions have escalated on university campuses, with scuffles breaking out between Brotherhood loyalists and their rivals.

Pro-Morsi student protesters at Al-Azhar University say they are planning a 'surprise' escalation Monday.

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very very critical
28-10-2013 08:47am
Failure all the way
Again those are not students , they are hooligans. They fail at understanding the basic rule that education is a medium for jobs, prospects and eventual respect. They equally fail at understanding their political mission. Those running the universities failed, miserably, at conveying this message and supporting it with the firm rule of the law. How many times should we say that and how long this failed management of the issue will continue. Anybody listening ??
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28-10-2013 12:54am
easy solution...
One easy solution to this would be to take attendance in all classes, compare that to who is attending the protests instead of in class learning where they should be. Those who are choosing to skip classes and protest should be expelled from the university. Their parents are paying the high costs of tuition for them to learn not to be taking part in nonsense..If you are not there to learn then you do not belong there, thats it. All these students protesting are doing is disrupting the atmosphere & the space when there are students who really & truly want to learn & do the work required of them & know that a higher education is not something that everyone is just handed.
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27-10-2013 06:32pm
Al azhar grand imam lost respect. Must resign and go away. He made kitmane haq. What garate urdogan said about him is hundred person true. We love those students who participated in protest.
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27-10-2013 03:19pm
To Universities Authorities
Universities Authorities have certain power of which they might me not aware... Knowledge and Education, which can be used to control rebellious behavior of students. You can always announce knowledge test at the day your students planning demonstrations - let them choose what is more important for their future. Organize for them obligatory study session when they plan to stage protest. Let them understand that learning is more important for future of Egypt than throwing stones...
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28-10-2013 09:19am
There was/is NO coup
You have to understand that there was no coup. It's just segment of imagination of those who wanted to destroy Egypt under democratic umbrella of religious misleading and fake promises.
Anti farid and coup
28-10-2013 08:09am
Coup restricted petrol distribution to get people against Morsi. They cut water ant electricity for the same reason. Here you have a pathetic suggestion that coup uses lessons time table to prevent students from protesting. Coup run out of ideas. They must be finished. Egypt has to restore legitimacy. Coup is dead. It needs one final nail in their coffin.

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