Education minister bans army songs in Egypt schools: Source

Ahram Online, Sunday 29 Sep 2013

Scuffles caused by broadcast of pro-army operetta lead education minister to ban songs other than national anthem in Egyptian schools

Army songs
The cast of a popular pro-army song: "Bless your hands!"

Education Minister Mahmoud Abul-Nasr has banned schools from broadcasting songs supporting or condemning the military, a high-profile source at the education ministry said.

The minister had given schools "strict" and "clear instructions" to only broadcast the national anthem during roll call, the source told Al-Ahram Arabic news website on Sunday.

An operetta praising the army for ousting president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July following mass protests led to scuffles at several schools last week when it was broadcast by some administrators instead of the national anthem.

Morsi supporters have been holding weekly demonstrations demanding his reinstatement for three months.

Frequent clashes have erupted between supporters and opponents of the former president during the demonstrations.  

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