“I do not understand how the administration can still be holding final exams under these conditions”
We first called for a boycott of classes about a month ago, following a new wave of police repression that targeted our fellow students. We wanted to protest the fact that, on November 21, the government gave the police the green light to enter the university, without agreement from the dean [according to the authorities, this decision was taken in response to the violent clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi groups that broke out when classes resumed in October].A student died after being struck by buckshots when the police stormed a student dorm. Prior to this, a number of students had been arrested, and they were later sentenced to prison time [The Cairo tribunal sentenced 38 students to 18 months in prison for “participating in violent acts”].“Students that are refusing to join our boycott are trying to scare us, telling us that we will fail all our classes for the year”Our demands are straightforward: we want more information on the circumstances under which our fellow student was killed, and we request that the detained students be freed and that the university campus become off-limits once again for the police. We also want the student organisations budget to be unfrozen, as it has been paused since the start of the year. Our group is one of those that have been outlawed on university grounds. [This rule only applies to the groups that support the Muslim Brotherhood].We had announced from the start that we would protest until the very end, which meant the boycott of exams. I don’t understand how the administration can still be holding final exams under these conditions. Students that are refusing to join our boycott are trying to scare us, telling us that we will fail all our classes for the year. But we remain confident: given the number of students that boycotted the exams, they will necessarily have to be pushed to the start of next semester. In any case, we are ready to face the consequences.