Egypt student unionists resign over female protesters jailing

A court in Alexandria on Wednesday sentenced 14 pro-democracy female protesters to 11 years in prison each for "illegal assembly and joining a banned group."

Egypt student unionists resign over female protesters jailing

World Bulletin / News Desk

Controversial 11-year jail terms slapped on 14 female demonstrators have triggered mass resignations in the student unions in the main university in the coastal city of Alexandria.

"We have resigned in protest at repeated assaults on students in Egyptian universities and an unfair verdict against some university students," Alexandria University's Student Union said in a statement obtained by Anadolu Agency.

A court in Alexandria on Wednesday sentenced 14 anti-coup female protesters to 11 years in prison each for "illegal assembly and joining a banned group."

The girls – who are members of the pro-Morsi "7Elsob (7morning)" movement – were arrested during a demonstration in Alexandria on October 31.

Several of the girls are students of Alexandria University.

Following the ruling, student unions in several Alexandria University faculties tendered their resignations in protest.

"I have resigned because I'm unable to protect a female student against injustice and oppression," Amina Ahmed, the deputy head of the Faculty of Physical Education's student union, wrote on Facebook.

The controversial court ruling has already triggered a storm of condemnations across Egypt.

"Judges should not make such politicized verdicts and should avoid being a tool of oppression," the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) said in a statement obtained by Anadolu Agency.

The Gamaa Islamiya, a member of the national Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, the main pro-Morsi support bloc, blasted the controversial jail terms.

"These unjust verdicts seek to terrorize citizens in order not to oppose the brutal coup," the group said in reference to the army's July 3 ouster of Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president.

Last Mod: 28 Kasım 2013, 11:09
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