World Bulletin/News Desk
Dozens of student supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi on Sunday staged a "surprise" in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square on Sunday to denounce a visit by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to Cairo University later in the day, eyewitnesses said.
The student protesters, affiliated with the pro-Morsi Students Against Coup group, gathered in the downtown Cairo square for 10 minutes, chanting slogans against al-Sisi, police and the army, the witnesses said. The protesters then left without incident, they added.
The group, in a statement, said the brief protest came to denounce al-Sisi's visit to the Cairo University and an ongoing crackdown on Morsi backers that led to the arrest and prosecution of several school and university students.
Throughout the previous academic year, which began two months after Morsi's ouster and imprisonment in July of last year, many Egyptian universities became epicenters of protest against what Morsi backers described as a "military coup" against an elected leader.
A number of pro-Morsi student demonstrations turned into deadly confrontations with security forces.
Over the course of the last year, numerous students have been thrown in jail for participating in demonstrations, while university administrations have expelled many others or barred them from sitting for final exams.
Morsi himself currently faces five separate trials in which he faces multiple criminal charges, including espionage, jailbreak and "offending the judiciary."
Al-Sisi, widely seen as the architect of Morsi's ouster, was declared winner of a presidential poll conducted in May.
He is due to visit the Cairo University later Sunday where he would delivera a speech to the nation and honor 20 students for academic excellence.Last Mod: 28 Eylül 2014, 13:29