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Oct 14, 2014 2:25 PM

Egypt condemns 7 to death over soldiers' killing

The Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) Protests have waned amid the ongoing crackdown on Morsi supporters and other government critics. But as the school year started this week, students rallied at many universities across the country. Security forces stormed at least two large universities to quell demonstrations.

Human Rights Watch said Tuesday that more than 110 university students have been arrested since Saturday. The rights group said security forces arrested students in their homes and from the protests on university campuses. Human Rights Watch called on Egyptian authorities to release the students, saying the arrests "appear to be solely directed at the students' peaceful exercise of the right to free assembly."

"This mass arrest of students is a pre-emptive strike on free speech and free assembly," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director, in the statement.

Security forces have permanently deployed around a number of campuses, and universities enacted new regulations to curb student activities. Last year universities saw regular protests that routinely descended into violence.


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