Al-Azhar to suspend protesting students
Al-Azhar University protest - YOUM7/Hazem Abd el-Samad

CAIRO: Al-Azhar University will suspend students who participated in protests Friday, the university’s media advisor Ahmed Zeera announced Saturday.

Zeraa told Youm7 the students who participated in the protests were involved in “riots” and as soon as the university is informed of their names, they will be suspended.

“The university previously warned students about participating in such protests,” he said. “Students will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee after their suspension to punish them for their violation of the university’s regulations.”

Nine students were arrested by police forces Friday and transferred to the police station following a protest against the announced presidential bid of former Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Youm7 reported.

Since November, protesting without permission is illegal in Egypt; all political demonstrations must first request a permit from security forces.

The pro-Muslim Brotherhood National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, which rejects the authority of the interim government, called for protests Thursday in response to Sisi’s announcement, reported state-owned news agency MENA.

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