Egypt police disperse anti-Sisi student rally

Egyptian police late Tuesday dispersed a rally staged by student supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi

Egyptian police late Tuesday dispersed a rally staged by student supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi

CAIRO – Egyptian police late Tuesday dispersed a rally staged by student supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi against a presidential bid by former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

Security forces fired teargas to disperse students who rallied outside the Al-Azhar University dormitory in eastern Cairo to protest al-Sisi's candidacy and to call for the release of their detained classmates, eyewitnesses said.

Protesting students, meanwhile, fired fire crackers toward security forces, according to the witnesses.

Tuesday's rally was part of a "revolutionary wave" called by the pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy to call for boycotting this month's presidential election.

Egyptians will elect a new president on May 26-27 in the second phase of a transitional roadmap imposed by the army following Morsi's overthrow.

Al-Sisi, widely seen as the architect of Morsi's ouster, and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi are both vying for Egypt's highest office.

While al-Sisi enjoys wide popularity among certain segments of the public, he is reviled by supporters of the ousted president, who view Morsi's overthrow last July as a "military coup" against a democratically elected leader.

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