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A human rights group has alleged the detention of 45 pro-democracy students on the first day of Egypt's new academic year on Saturday, a claim dismissed by the Interior Ministry.
"Egyptian authorities have detained 45 students in several provinces early Saturday," Mohamed Abu Herira, coordinator of the pro-Morsi "Freedom Seekers" human rights center, told Anadolu Agency.
He said that the students were detained in security swoops in eight Egyptian provinces.
Earlier, Ahmed Nasif, spokesman for the "Students Against Coup" group, alleged that security forces had detained 36 students in 11 provinces ahead of the start of the academic year on Saturday.
The Interior Ministry, however, denied the allegations.
"Security agencies have not launched any arrest campaigns against university students today," ministry spokesman Hani Abdel-Latif told AA.
"We don't arrest any student unless he violates law or commits acts of riots," he said.
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: 11 Ekim 2014, 13:59