University students across Egypt denounce arrest of colleagues

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 Dec 2013

Pro-Morsi students attempt to storm intelligence building in Menoufiya, a wider coalition shutter admin building at Uni. of Alexandria, as campus unrest broadens against protest law, death of Cairo Uni. student last week

Student protesters recently gather outside the main gate of Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt (Photo: AP)

Protests continued at various universities across the country on Wednesday, with students denouncing the recent wave of detention of their colleagues.

Hundreds of pro-ousted president Mohamed Morsi students protested at Menoufiya University in the Nile Delta to condemn the suspension of 14 other students. Holding banners and chanting, they called on authorities to stop detaining students affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

The protesters gathered in front of the office of the university's dean, who had decided to suspend the 14 students for taking part in earlier demonstrations.

Minor clashes broke out when the student protesters later attempted to break into a nearby government intelligence building, hurling stones and fireworks. Security forces intervened.

At Assiut University, Upper Egypt, hundreds of pro-Morsi students held a sit-in in front of the school's administrative building, calling for the release of detained students. Students chanted slogans in solidarity with Rabaa El-Adaweya, the site of pro-Morsi demonstrations in Cairo until it was forcefully disbanded by security forces in August. The site has since become a symbol for those opposed to Morsi's ousting.

Another sit-in at Suez Canal University called for those responsible for killing students in Cairo and other provinces to be brought to justice. The students chanted against the Ministry of Interior and a recently passed protest law, which stipulates that demonstrators submit prior plans for demonstrations to security officials.

Meanwhile, in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, dozens of students formed a human chain in front of the university's administrative building, also to denounce the detention of students and faculty members. Briefly succeeding in shutting the building with chains, the students declared the university closed according to the orders of the revolution.

As pro-Morsi street demonstrations have fallen considerably, following a government crackdown on Islamists, students affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood have begun staging protests at university campuses across the country.

However, independent and liberal political movements have recently joined the demonstrations in response to the new protest law and the recent death of a student at Cairo University in clashes with security forces.

The slain student, Mohamed Reda, was shot dead while protesting at the university last Thursday.

The ministry of interior denied killing Reda and charged he was killed by armed fellow students.

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