BREAKING: Al-Azhar, Ain Shams University students launch protests
Protests at Al-Azhar University - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Students at Al-Azhar and Ain Shams universities launched protests Thursday, a day after former Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced his bid for the presidency.

Female Al-Azhar University students launched protests Thursday chanting against police and military forces, according to Youm7.

Other protesting Azhar students gathered in front of the university’s main gates intending to march towards Al-Nour mosque in Abasseya to demand the release of their detained colleagues.

In Ain Sahms University, protesters broke through the main gates to join protests, while university security tried to prevent clashes between students, Youm7 reported.

“AntiCoup rally staged by Al #Azhar students in #Abessya now,” tweeted the pro-Muslim Brotherhood RNN News Thursday.

The “Students against the Coup” movement had called for demonstrations at Cairo, Al-Azhar, Minya, Zagazig, Tanta, and Mansoura universities to protest the death sentences recently handed to over 500 Muslim Brotherhood members, Daily News Egypt reported Wednesday.

On March 26, Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi resigned from his position as minister of defense and announced his bid for the presidency.

Additional reporting by Nada Seli, Ismail Refaat, Mahmoud Ragheb

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