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GUC students detained for sit-in

Students held demonstrations in March over death of fellow GUC student


Three students from the German University in Cairo (GUC) were detained Monday after the university’s administration had filed complaints against the students for taking part in a sit-in three months ago.

The New Cairo Prosecution issued an order summoning 11 students. Student Union (SU) president Hazem Abdel Khalek, SU Vice President Karim Nagib and student Alaa Al-Attar are to be held in detention for four days, said SU member Ahmed Hesham.

Following the death of Yara Tarek, after being run over by a university bus on campus in March, the GUC Student Union announced a sit-in on campus.

Tarek was killed when she slipped and fell in the bus waiting area, reportedly when one bus reversed and another one moved forward.

The incident left the first-year Faculty of Engineering student with a skull fracture that led to her death.

Police had arrived at the scene of the accident after an ambulance had already transferred Tarek to a hospital.

The Revolutionary Socialists issued a statement condemning the incident, describing it as being the result of “negligence”.

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