Lecture on Egypt stormed by protesters in London

A lecture about Egypt in a well-known London university was disrupted by anti-coup protesters who stormed the theatre.

Lecture on Egypt stormed by protesters in London

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian guest speaker had to abandon a lecture about Egypt at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) after a group of anti-coup demonstrators stormed the theatre.  

Speaker Mohamed El-Nabawy was escorted off stage by security guards when protesters holding up Rabia signs started chanting slogans against him due to his links to Tamarod, one of the groups that orchestrated the July 3 military coup against Egypt’s elected president Mohamed Morsi.

The London Evening Standard quoted a spokesman for the university’s Palestinian Society, which organized the event, saying: “While we fully respect, and understand, the highly-charged context of any discussion on contemporary Egyptian politics, we believe that the disruptions pre-empted any possibility of fruitful exchange. We apologize to our guests for any distress these events may have caused, and thank the SOAS staff for their cooperation and support.”

The situation quickly calmed down after the speaker left, although there are currently no plans to re-organize the lecture.

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