Student rallies shake several Egyptian universities

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Since the beginning of the academic year last September, many Egyptian educational institutions have become centers of protest

Since the beginning of the academic year last September, many Egyptian educational institutions have become centers of protest

CAIRO – After a two-month hiatus, student protests were staged in several Egyptian universities on Wednesday, with security forces using teargas to disperse the rallies.

Police used teargas to break upa rally staged by student supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, while students responded with flares and stones.

Several students reportedly sustained birdshot wounds, according to eyewitnesses.

Al-Azhar University's female students also staged a rally in eastern Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, where hundreds of pro-Morsi demonstrators were killed in a violent sit-in dispersallast August.

Similar student rallies were seen atboth Cairo and Alexandria universities.

In the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya, meanwhile, security forces used teargas to disperse a rally staged by the so-called "Students against the Coup" movement.

Three students were arrested, eyewitnesses said.

Since the beginning of the academic year last September, many Egyptian educational institutions have become centers of protest.

Students – especially those who support Morsi – have staged repeated rallies against the ousted president's overthrow by the army, which have frequently led to violent clashes with security forces.

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