First Published: 2005-04-19

 
Egyptian academics join pro-reform protests
 

More than 100 Egyptian university professors protest against interference of security forces on campuses.

 

Middle East Online

Unprecedented waves of pro-reform demonstrations

CAIRO - More than 100 Egyptian university professors staged a rare protest Tuesday against the interference of security forces on campuses and in support of the country's growing reform movement.

The silent demonstration held at Cairo University was called by the "movement of March 9 for the independence of universities" founded three years ago by Egyptian professors.

"No to the meddling of security forces in universities," "Yes to free and independent universities," read some of the banners.

Demonstrators handed out a statement charging that "the security forces' interference in academic and student affairs is detrimental to the freedom of professors and students in the performance of their academic work."

They were joined by students from the Kefaya ("Enough") movement, which has been the leading voice for democratic reform and human rights in Egypt in recent months.

Egypt has witnessed an unprecedented string of rallies calling for political and economic reforms and the lifting of the state of emergency imposed in 1981 after the assassination of president Anwar Sadat.

"This is the first protest in 20 years aimed at ending the security forces' interference in the appointment of staff and in student elections," political science professor Dina al-Khawaja said.

"University professors cannot disregard the need for reforms in Egypt," she added.

"Professors here are also demonstrating in solidarity with Egyptian judges," said journalism professor Awatef Abdel Rahman, pointing to growing demands for the independence of the judiciary.

Judges have also threatened to abstain from supervising the September presidential elections unless their demands for reforms are met.

Earlier this year Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who succeeded Sadat, announced that rival candidates will for the first time be able to stand in presidential polls.

Previously, voters were only given the opportunity to say yes or no in a referendum to a single candidate nominated by parliament, which is overwhelmingly dominated by Mubarak's ruling National Democratic Party.

 

Moscow seeks to boost its influence in Kurdistan through oil

Tillerson does not expect Gulf crisis to be resolved soon

Lebanon approves first budget since 2005

Power shifts again in Iraq's multi-ethnic Kirkuk

Jobless Tunisians seek new migration routes to Europe

Turkey issues arrest warrants for 110 people over Gulen links

Hamas calls US unity comments ‘blatant interference’

OPEC chief pleased with oil market rebalancing

Turkish police detain leading civil society figure

G7, tech giants meet to tackle terror online

Iraq’s Kurdish regional government open to Baghdad talks

Tensions flare among Yemen's rebels

Baghdad court issues arrest warrant for Iraqi Kurd VP

Erdogan, Nigerian counterpart to ramp up cooperation

Russian medics operate on Yemen's Saleh despite embargo

Baghdad condemns oil deal between Russia’s Rosneft, Kurds

Syrian general accused of journalist deaths killed in Deir Ezzor

Raqa liberators ready for civilian handover, on to next battle

Revolutionary Guards say Iranian missile program will continue

Erdogan calls on three major mayors to resign

ICC investigating several war crimes in Mali

Erdogan says may shut Iraqi border at any moment

Tunisian couple jailed for 'public indecency' over car kiss

Next round of Syria talks at end October

Gazans hope Palestinian reconciliation ends their woes

PSG's Khelaifi to be quizzed in Swiss World Cup probe

UN urges de-escalation in Iraq

Haley: Iran must be judged in totality of its aggressive behaviour

EU says Israeli settlements illegal under international law

Kurdish independence goes from dream to dust

Female commander more than just poster girl for Raqa victory

Saudi airline flies to Baghdad for first time in 27 years

Wanted Dead: France's approach to IS jihadists

Saudi Arabia to monitor interpretations of prophet's sayings

Italy busts Libyan diesel smugglers

Khamenei vows to 'shred' nuclear deal if US pulls out

Fate of IS fighters in Raqa uncertain

Turkish Red Crescent concerned by Idlib humanitarian ‘drama’

US firm to build solar plants in Gaza

Ghost city Raqa scanned for survivors, bombs

Bahrain accuses Iran of harbouring 160 'terrorists'

Qatar says Gulf crisis hindering fight against IS

Qatar emir calls for talks on visit to Indonesia

Iraq calls on BP to help develop Kirkuk oil

Israeli forces raid Palestinian media offices linked to Hamas