Azhar students strike for classmates' release

The Azhar University administration said lectures would continue as planned as well as the mid-term exams

Azhar students strike for classmates' release

World Bulletin/News Desk

Scores of students from Al-Azhar University started a strike on Saturday in protest at the detention of classmates during protests at the "military coup" against elected president Mohamed Morsi.

The strike comes in line with a call by the university's student union for a strike until detained students are released.

Some students declined to attend classes, while others put gags on their mouths in protest at what they describe "suppression of protesters".

Students also chanted slogans in condemnation of the killing of a classmate during clashes with security forces outside the university's dormitory on Wednesday.

The Azhar University's student union is expected to hold a press conference later Saturday to announce the reasons behind the strike.

The administration of the university, meanwhile, said lectures would continue as planned as well as the mid-term exams.

"Those who will not attend the exams will fail," the university administration said in a statement.

Students from a number of Egyptian universities have declared strikes in solidarity with Azhar students.

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