Egypt arrests 6 university students for 'possessing Rabia slogans'

The official said that the arrested students, five males and one female, were captured for carrying the Rabia sign.

Egypt arrests 6 university students for 'possessing Rabia slogans'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Six Egyptian students were arrested Monday in Cairo's Al-Azhar University for possessing banners emblazoned with the Rabia sign - a four-finger salute used by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, a security official told Anadolu Agency on Monday.

The official said that the arrested students, five males and one female, were captured for carrying the sign - which symbolizes the memory of pro-Morsi demonstrators killed in mid-August in violent dispersals of two major sit-ins by security forces – inside their bags.

The arrested students, he went on to add, were referred to a local police station "for suspicion of involvement in acts of violence" witnessed in the university since the beginning of the academic year.

Meanwhile, the atmosphere was calm on Monday on the campus of the university - a traditional stronghold of students affiliated with the Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails.

The university Al-Azhar has seen the most violent student protests, with daily rallies often escalating into confrontations between students and police.

Mid-year exams are currently being held amid an ongoing call for boycotting them by the student unions in protest over security forces' presence on campus.

Since Egypt's academic year began in September, several universities have been rocked by demonstrations against the July 3 ouster of democratically elected Morsi.

Recurring clashes in Al-Azhar University left at least two students dead and scores arrested. Dozens of students were also arrested.

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