Egypt police teargas to disperse anti-referendum students

The students chanted slogans critical of Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi as well as the draft constitution, calling on voters to boycott the vote.

Egypt police teargas to disperse anti-referendum students

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egypt's policemen on Sunday fired teargas to disperse students who gathered outside Ain Shams University in eastern Cairo, a few meters from the headquarters of the Defense Ministry, to protest this week's referendum on an amended version of the 2012 constitution.

Some of the students immediately retreated into the university campus, but others continued to protest, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter.

The students chanted slogans critical of Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi as well as the draft constitution, calling on voters to boycott the vote.

The referendum on the amended constitution is the first step in Egypt's transitional roadmap, which also includes presidential and parliamentary elections.

The army has deployed 160,000 troops to secure the vote across the nation, while the Interior Ministry has also deployed tens of thousands of policemen for the same purpose.

On Saturday, al-Sisi hinted he might contest in the country's presidential elections, planned to take place sometime this year, if asked by the people and mandated by the army.

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