World Bulletin/News Desk
The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, which demands the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, has asked Egyptians to take part in massive Tuesday rallies to protest the detention of pro-Morsi students by Egypt's military-backed authorities.
The Tuesday protests are part of a series of weeklong activities planned by Morsi supporters aimed at ratcheting up pressure on authorities to release students arrested for participating in recent pro-Morsi demonstrations.
The alliance, which is made up of several Islamist parties and anti-coup groups, has dubbed the planned Tuesday protests "Freedom for Egypt's Students."
"Some of these detained students are supposed to sit for exams soon," the alliance said in a statement.
Ali Khafaga, an alliance leader, told Anadolu Agency that Egypt's military-backed authorities now considered any dissenting voice "a threat to national security."
Khafagi said that Egypt's popular uprising against autocratic president Hosni Mubarak in early 2011 had freed the nation's universities from the grip of security agencies – a democratic gain that the current military-backed administration had successfully undermined.
"The revolution opened the door to free expression on university campuses," Khafagi said. "But the [July 3] military coup against Morsi has done away with these gains."
Another pro-Morsi movement, Youth against the Military Coup, called on Egyptians to converge outside the Egyptian Stock Exchange in downtown Cairo on Tuesday to protest what it describes as the country's "deteriorating" economic conditions.
Spokesman Diaa al-Sawi said the student movement had chosen the stock exchange as its protest venue because Egypt's economic conditions had worsened so dramatically.
"Conditions have worsened despite all the financial support offered by Gulf governments" following Morsi's ouster, al-Sawi said.
Morsi supporters have staged daily protests since the Islamist leader's July 3 ouster by the military, with demonstrators demanding Morsi's reinstatement and slamming the policies of Egypt's new army-backed rulers.Last Mod: 11 Kasım 2013, 23:03