Cairo University students place cutouts of detained colleagues at finals
A group of female pro-Muslim Brotherhood students in Cairo University - YOUM7/Kareem Abdul Kareem

CAIRO: A group of students at the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University Monday placed cardboard cutouts of detained colleagues inside final exam rooms in protest of their detention by security forces.

Students also staged protests at the faculty and some were detained. The exact number of the detainees is unknown at this time.

A student at Ain Shams University who is friends with detained Cairo University students and asked to remain anonymous, told The Cairo Post Monday that currently there are 19 detained Cairo University students, and nine who were killed during protests. Six detainees are expected to be set free, the source added.

On Dec. 28, 2013 during mid-term exams, a number of students at the faculty wore masks printed with the photos of students killed or arrested during clashes with security forces.

In a press statement issued on April 24, Cairo University President Gaber Nassar said detained students would be allowed to take their final exams.

Many university students have protested across the country against the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013.

Students were also detained for protesting inside university campuses against the imprisonment of their colleagues under the 2013 Protest Law, and for clashing with security guards.

Additional reporting by Hany Mohamed and Manal Hamdy.

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