Egypt students protest over Mubarak verdict

Protests erupt in several universities a day after ex-president was cleared of killing protesters in 2011.

    Student protests have erupted in several universities across Egypt amid anger over a court decision to dismiss charges against former President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising against him.

    Several hundred students gathered in Cairo University on Sunday to protest against the verdict, according to news reports and social media.

    Thousands of students also joined in a similar protest in the University of Alexandria, a source told Al Jazeera. Students also protested at Al Azhar Unviersity and Zagazig University. 

    The demonstrations on Sunday have been generally peaceful, but news reports said at least 11 students had been arrested by security forces.

    Earlier, a pro-revolution youth group had called for widespread protests against the government.

    On Saturday night, at least two people were killed, as security forces used tear gas and water cannon to clear thousands of protesters from the streets of the Egyptian capital.

    Demonstrators scattered into side streets as security forces moved in break up the gathering, which began early on Saturday evening near Tahrir square after the Mubarak verdict was announced.

    Mubarak's 29-year-old regime was toppled by the 2011 uprising.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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