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University students withdraw from Popular Current

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Students from the Popular Current announce that they will withdraw out of ‘respect for the blood of the martyrs’

Hamdeen Sabahy, founder of the popular current. AFP/File Photo

Hamdeen Sabahy, founder of the Popular Current. AFP/File Photo

Students from five universities announced their withdrawal from the Popular Current on Tuesday night.

The students said in a statement their decision comes out of respect for the “blood of the martyrs and injured.”

The students cited many reasons for their withdrawal, including allowing members of the now defunct National Democratic Party to join the political group.

They also disagreed with the Current’s decision to take part in the National Salvation Front. The students believe the front includes former regime figures that people gave their lives to remove from position of authority.

Hossam Mo’nes, the official spokesperson of the current confirmed there was a disagreement regarding the National Salvation Front.

The students said the decision to withdraw comes after two months of no student activity within the Current and a failure to persuade leaders of the Current to listen to their voice.

Mo’nes denied that student activities have been stopped for two months but added that he could not give more comments on the statement before seeing it.

The universities that have signed the statement are Cairo, Ain Shams, Mansoura, Tanta and Zagazig universities.

The Popular Current was founded by Hamdeen Sabahay and is not a party. It describes itself as an organisation that includes people who want to continue the revolution whether they belong to parties or not.

The students believe the policies of the board of trustees and Sabahy have gone against the principles upon which the current was founded.

The students plan to continue their peaceful struggle to topple “Mubarak’s cronies and the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

 


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