World Bulletin / News Desk
Anti-coup students have staged several protests countrywide to call for the release of the undergraduates arrested recently for partaking in protests supportive of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
Hundreds of Azhar University students staged an on-campus march, calling for the release of their colleagues and calling for the resignation of Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb over his backing for Morsi's overthrow at the hands of the army -- a move likened by Morsi's backers to a military coup.
The Azhar student union, in a statement, called for "escalatory measures" against the university's administration after seven female students were summoned by prosecution over their participation in pro-Morsi protests on campus in the Beni Suef branch.
Yet, it did not specify what are these escalatory measures.
Scores of students also staged a rally in Helwan University, southern Cairo, to denounce a three-year prison sentence handed down against their colleague for involvement in acts of violence during a pro-Morsi protest on October 6.
The students held banners reading; "No to military rule" and "Students against coup," an Anadolu Agency correspondent reported.
A counter-protest was also held in the same university by pro-military students who chanted slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood.
Security guards separated between the two rallies to prevent any breakout of violence.
In the northeast, pro-Morsi students in the Computer Institute in Suez held a protest outside the institute, chanting slogans against the police and calling for the release of detained students.
An unspecified number of students were arrested for partaking in pro-democracy protests in several universities throughout the country since the academic year began in September.
The most violent student protests have been seen at Al-Azhar University, where the academic year began earlier this month after having been postponed by almost one month.
Morsi was removed from power by the military on July 3 after massive protests against his presidency.
The unconstitutional change of government is described by the ousted president's backers as a military coup, while supporters of the move call it a military-backed "popular uprising".Last Mod: 27 Ekim 2013, 17:57