School employee accused of forcing students to sign anti-Morsi petition

Ahram Online, Sunday 26 May 2013

An employee at an Al-Azhar school is questioned for allegedly coercing students to sign the 'Rebel' anti-Morsi petition

An employee at an Al-Azhar secondary school in Sharqia, in Egypt’s Nile Delta, Mohamed Ashraf, was referred to investigations after a complaint was filed accusing him of forcing students to sign the anti-Morsi 'Rebel' petition.

'Rebel' is a grassroots movement aiming to pressure President Morsi to call for early presidential elections by collecting 15 million signatures by 30 June.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, the complaint was filed with Al-Azhar Grand Imam by a teachers' supervisor, Ahmed Mostafa. In the complaint he claims that Ashraf pressured the students to sign the petition, or else he would "be strict during the exam."

Several secondary students confirmed Mostafa's complaint, adding that he had passed by them, one by one, until they all signed.

A ‘Rebel’ campaigner announced on 19 May that they had collected three million signatures denouncing the presidency of former Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Morsi.

Notably, on Saturday when President Morsi was asked about the 'Rebel' campaign during his visit to Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, he replied that those involved should not forget the key principles of democracy, adding that he was democratically elected.

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