Egyptian students have launched a week-long “breaking the siege” campaign in protest against security forces’ tight grip on university campuses across Egypt, Press TV reports.
The students affiliated with the anti-Coup Alliance have gathered at Al-Azhar University, as well as the universities of Alexandria and Cairo.
“These protests are the expression of our outrage over the brutality of security forces against students,” activist Mohamed Ali told Press TV.
The activist added that the “oppressive methods used by the security forces” were even worse than those used during the rule of the country’s former dictator Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in 2011.
The demonstrators marched toward the iconic Tahrir Square in the capital, Cairo, before being targeted with tear gas and rubber bullets by security forces. They have vowed to continue their demonstrations.
Protests have intensified since Cairo hired private security companies to secure all campuses against political protests and activities.
The Egyptian Interior Ministry recently arrested 29 students in four different universities after accusing them of causing riots.
More than 1,000 students have been arrested since the government launched a crackdown on protesters supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi; many of the detained students have been given harsh jail terms in mass trials.
Officials also say more than 500 students were expelled or suspended for “rioting.”
Egypt’s university campuses have witnessed regular protests since the military-led ouster of Morsi in July 2013.
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