A Cairo court on Sunday sentenced 100 students from Al-Azhar University to five years in prison, on charges of protesting inside campus without permission, “spreading chaos, rioting, destroying public property, attacking security forces and possessing Molotov cocktails,” state media reported.
The group of defendants includes seven female students.
An unknown number of female students from Al-Azhar University were arrested by security forces last week for protesting inside campus.
Students Against the Coup (SAC) movement released a statement on Saturday condemning the arrests and vowing to stage protests to “avenge the honour of the arrested students”.
Last week, at least 23 students were expelled from Al-Azhar University for their alleged implication in acts of on-campus violence.
The administration also sent 61 students to investigation over similar charges.
Students in Al-Azhar have been protesting demanding the opening of the dormitories, and against the arrest of fellow students.