CAIRO: The Students Against the Coup movement organized protests in Tahrir Square on Sunday to express its rejection of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s planned presentation at Cairo University scheduled to take place later Sunday evening.
The movement, which consists of students from all universities, published photos of the Tahrir protests and posted on its official Facebook page, “The liberated students against the coup want to tell Sisi that as long as we are banned from universities, we have nowhere to go but the streets.”
“We demand justice for those who have been killed,” the group reported their official spokesperson Ahmed Ghoneim saying Saturday, in reference to the Muslim Brotherhood members who have died since the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins in August 2013.
In the months that followed, students led continuous protests, clashing with security forces at top Cairo universities like Cairo University, Al-Azhar University and Ain Shams University in the 2013-2014 academic year.
“Sisi’s visit to Cairo University is another media performance,” posted Gehad Sultan, the official spokesperson of the movement’s branch in Ain Shams University. “Did he forget the Cairo University martyrs?”
“Let him come when there are students on campus,” the group added. Classes will resume on Oct. 11, amid a crackdown on political activities for students, but the SAC have announced they will not stop. Hundreds of students are detained or facing trials.
In July, Cairo University suspended dozens of students on accusations they participated in violent protests or expressed support for the Muslim Brotherhood. The MB’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), published on July 16 the names of 85 students at the university who were expelled.