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Nile University Students on strike at the Press Syndicate

Striking students organise a separate protest in front of the press syndicate

A group of striking Nile University students organised a protest, Saturday, at the Press Syndicate.

Standing on the syndicate stairs, the strikers held big banners illustrating their demands.

“We demand that Nile University becomes a civil university instead of a private-owned one.” Nancy Mustafa, one striker, told to the Daily News Egypt. “We also denounce the violent breaking of our on-campus strike last week.”

On its 21st day, five participants in the Nile University sit-in were arrested and others were forcibly and violently removed, as police cleared the campus of protesters on Monday.

Mustafa told the Daily News Egypt that more protesters are expected to join from MSA University as well as April 6 movement. She also assured that the Nile University strike is still ongoing outside the university campus.

“We shall not leave until our demands are met.”

The sit-in has been ongoing since early September against the government’s decision to appropriate university buildings and give them to the Zuweil City for Science and Technology.

Nile University protesters moved their sit-in off campus after the initial protest was violently cleared by security forces on Monday, according to protesters.

The sit-in had become tense following the solution offered by a cabinet committee formed by Prime Minister Hesham Qandil in a statement they released a week ago.

The committee had recommended that Nile University could use the buildings and laboratories of the Educational City in 6th of October while the Zuweil City would be allowed to use the disputed Nile University buildings, for one year in exchange for paid benefits, until Nile University becomes a civil university and until the law authorising Zuweil City is issued, according to state-owned Al-Ahram.

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