New resources for 2015:
- Take action for Egyptian students and academics – leaflet to download highlighting the cases of Mahmoud Hussein, Esraa el-Taweel, Heba Kishta and Emad Shahin. [side 1] [side 2]
- Campus poster for Sisi visit protest 04/11/15 [student leaflet]
After the 25 January Revolution in 2011 staff and students managed to expand democracy and independence on many Egyptian university campuses. However, since the ouster of former president, Mohammed Morsi, in July 2013, many of these gains have been reversed in the name of combating the Muslim Brotherhood.
Long before the bombings which killed a police officer at Cairo University in April 2014, the Egyptian security forces had turned Egyptian universities into war zones: storming the campuses to arrest hundreds and shooting students dead during protests birdshot and live bullets.
According to Egyptian and international human rights organisations, it is the security forces who bear prime responsibility for the violence. An Amnesty International report released in January 2014 highlighted the crackdown on students as a key example of what the organisation calls “state violence on an unprecedented scale”. The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE), an Egyptian NGO, has documented almost daily occurrences of violent attacks by the police on students and harsh jail sentences given to student protesters.
Take action now
- Pass a resolution through your student union or trade union condemning the crackdown on student protests. A model motion is available here.
- Organise a protest, stall or vigil on campus highlighting the cases of those arrested, injured and killed
- Organise a speaker meeting or film showing – get in touch with us for help and advice
- Use the poster designs below for photos highlighting the repression – send us a picture so that we can share your solidarity with Egyptian students
- Universities leaflets to download universities_leaflet1 universities_leaflet2
- Calendar poster designs for photographs [Al-Azhar: Oct, Nov, Dec, Mar – Cairo Uni: Nov, Dec, Jan, Mar – Zagazig University: Sep, Nov, Dec, Jan, Mar – Ain Shams Uni: Sep, Nov, Dec, Mar – Alexandria Uni: Sep, Oct, Nov, Mar]
- Online poster download
Students behind bars (click on the video to watch on YouTube if English subtitles do not appear)
Education under fire: police firing at students at Cairo University, December 2013