Anti-coup students call for 'uprising' in Azhar University

The first day of study at Al-Azhar University, scores of students staged protests to denounce what they call the "military coup" against the elected president.

Anti-coup students call for 'uprising' in Azhar University

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A anti-coup student group called for massive protests in Azhar University to denounce the military overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi.

"We urge free students to partake in the major uprising of Azhar University," a statement by the so-called 'Students Against Coup' said.

The statement said that a massive rally would be held outside the College of Islamic Studies (for women) in eastern Cairo. However, it did not say whether a march would set out outside the campus.

"There is no turning back on the rights of the martyrs and the release of students detained without crime. Our revolution against the coup, the military rule, the clerics of the army and the failed university administration is set to start," the statement said, in reference to the support shown by the country's top religious authorities to Morsi's ouster.

On Saturday, the first day of study at Al-Azhar University, scores of students staged protests to denounce what they call the "military coup" against the elected president.

Chanting anti-military slogans, students flashed the now-iconic bright yellow 'Rabaa' sign in solidarity with hundreds of pro-Morsi demonstrators killed in the violent dispersal of pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo in mid-August.

The university's students' union had earlier said that it would stage protests on campus against the July military ouster of Morsi.

The union, which is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, said that more than 100 university students had died in pro-democracy protests in addition to the detention of more than 120 students.

Study at Al-Azhar University has been postponed for two weeks for what the university administration described as "unfinished" maintenance work.

But student sources said that the move was taken for "security reasons", given the fact that most students supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist parties.

Last Mod: 20 Ekim 2013, 11:17
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