Egyptian students protest war anniversary killings

At least 54 pro-democracy demonstrators were killed by security forces on Sunday, which marked the 40th anniversary of Egypt's October 6 military victory against Israel.

Egyptian students protest war anniversary killings

World Bulletin/News Desk

Several Egyptian universities on Wednesday saw student rallies held to protest Sunday's killing of dozens of unarmed demonstrators in different parts of the country.

At least 54 pro-democracy demonstrators were killed by security forces on Sunday, which marked the 40th anniversary of Egypt's October 6 military victory against Israel.

Students at Suez University, many of them members of the Muslim Brotherhood, protested the killing of demonstrators on Sunday.

They chanted slogans against Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, whom they held responsible for Sunday's deaths.

Pro-democracy students also staged a march at Zagazig University in the Nile Delta Sharqiya province to denounce what they called the "excessive use of force" against peaceful protesters.

Students chanted slogans against the interior ministry and demanded the release of political detainees.

In Upper Egypt, meanwhile, student protesters at Minya University denounced an ongoing crackdown on pro-democracy protests and raised the four-finger 'Rabaa salute.'

The salute, usually depicted on a bright yellow background, has come to symbolize the six-week-long sit-in by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square. Hundreds of demonstrators were killed when the sit-in was violently dispersed by security forces on August 14.

Egypt has remained in a state of turmoil since the powerful military establishment ousted Morsi on July 3 after massive and well-coordinated demonstrations against his presidency.

The unconstitutional change of government is described by the ousted president's backers as a military coup, while supporters of the move call it a military-backed "popular uprising."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Ekim 2013, 17:49

Muhammed Öylek

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