Egyptian security forces fire teargas at anti-coup students

Egyptian security forces fired bird shot and tear gas to prevent anti-coup students from marching to the site of a protest camp that was destroyed two months ago

Egyptian security forces fire teargas at anti-coup students

World Bulletin/News Desk

Hundreds of anti-coup students in Azhar University surrounded on Sunday the office of the university president's office, chanting slogans against him over his perceived support for the military ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.

The office turned into the assembly point of several marches staged by the pro-democracy students in response to a call by the so-called 'Students Against Coup' protest movement.

A Reuters witness said he could smell teargas and could see students throwing rocks at riot police stationed outside the gates of the university, which is in the same Cairo suburb as the Rabaa al-Adaweya mosque, the scene of a former pro-Mursi protest camp.

"Rabaa Square is completely off-limits," a security source said. "Protesters are not allowed to move inside it." He said four students had been arrested.

Riot police were throwing stones back at the students.

Earlier in the day, the group called for "a major uprising" in the Azhar University.

"Our revolution against the coup, the military rule, the clerics of the army and the failed university administration is set to start," the group's 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 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, 17:35
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