NASL calls for Friday protests to support university students
Muslim Brotherhood supporters during a protest - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood’s National Alliance to Support Legitimacy is calling for week-long demonstrations beginning Friday in support of student protests, according to a statement on its Facebook page.

The alliance announced on Thursday it would stage protests in solidarity with university students, and marches will begin after Friday prayers from mosques in six governorates including Cairo, Giza and Alexandria.

The NASL said in the statement the Friday demonstrations will be staged in coordination with students and will be decentralized.

The demonstrations follow three explosions that took place outside of the Cairo University campus Wednesday, which killed two people including Brigadier-General Tarek El-Mergawi, Reuters reported.

The Muslim Brotherhood denounced the explosions, accusing security forces of targeting students who oppose the military-backed government that ousted former President Mohamed Morsi.

Universities across Egypt have witnessed frequent demonstrations since former Minister of Defense Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced on March 26 his resignation from his military post in order to run for president. The protests have often led to violent confrontations between students and security forces.

Al-Azhar University has experienced continuous demonstrations since the beginning of this academic year, which has led to permitting security forces onto the university campus.

Security forces have clashed violently with Brotherhood students, leaving many victims.

The “Students Against the Coup” movement claims there have been “hundreds” of deaths, but no official numbers have been released yet.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Arafa.

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