Hundreds of university students marched towards Tahrir Square on Tuesday afternoon, demanding the cancellation of President Mohamed Morsy’s constitutional declaration.
The students gathered in front of the main hall in Cairo University before to Tahrir Square. Many members of the public joined the march en route, swelling its numbers to about 3,000 when it arrived at the square.
Protesters called for the fall of the regime and the dissolving of the Constituent Assembly. They also commemorated Gaber Salah Gaber, known as Jika, who died after being shot during clashes between protesters and security forces on the anniversary of Mohamed Mahmoud Street clashes.
One of the organisers of the march and a friend of Jika, Mohamed Ibrahim Ali, said the students hold Morsy responsible for Jika’s death and demanded his departure from power. Ali added that protests would escalate if Morsy did not leave power. “We will use non-violent escalations, such as blocking roads and preventing the Muslim brotherhood from holding meetings and events. The blood of my friend won’t go in vain.”
Alaa Hisham, an engineering student at Helwan University, said contrary to rumours Cairo University security personnel did not interrupt their gathering inside or outside Cairo University.
Ahmed Tarek, a law student at Cairo University, said President Morsy failed to achieve his promises and said that he is taking Egypt towards a civil war. “We are here to show the whole world that we are all Egyptians; Muslims and Christians want to get rid of this shameful group. Down with the rule of the supreme guide.”
Tens of thousands protested in Tahrir square on Tuesday, responding to calls by several political groups and demanding the cancellation of President Morsy’s constitutional declaration.