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A group backing ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Saturday called for staging an "uprising" at Egyptian universities on Sunday, the second day of the new academic year.
The "Students against the Coup" movement said that the struggle university students started last year would continue this year as well.
"We are sure that the activities of this category [university students] is the fuel for this battle that will end in revenge," the movement said in a statement.
Around 56 leaders of the movement were, meanwhile, arrested by Egyptian authorities on Saturday, according to Mohamed Abu Huriera, the coordinator of the self-styled Freedom Students Observatory.
"Policemen raided the homes of some movement leaders, while other leaders were arrested in the vicinity of their universities," Abu Huriera told Anadolu Agency.
He described these arrests as "unprecedented" in Egypt's history.
Even with this, Interior Ministry spokesman Hani Abdel-Latif said his ministry had not raided the homes of any students or arrested others.
"We only arrest students when they break the law and commit violence," Abdel-Latif told AA.
The new academic year began in Egypt on Saturday amid worries of a new wave of student protests against Morsi's ouster by the military last year.
Last year, several students were killed and injured and scores detained in protests against what pro-Morsi students describe as the "military coup" against the elected president.
Egyptian authorities, meanwhile, have blamed the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails, of fomenting the protests.
The academic year was originally planned to start on September 27, but was postponed until October 11.
Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected leader, was ousted by the military last year – after only one year in office – following protests against his presidency.
He currently faces four separate trials for multiple criminal charges, including espionage, jailbreak and "offending the judiciary."
Morsi, like his co-defendants, insists that the charges against him are politically driven.Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Ekim 2014, 11:46