Al-Azhar University students shout slogans against military in Cairo
An Egyptian court was to try 21 Islamist university students Sunday, including a Turkish man, after a violent protest outside the prestigious Al-Azhar religious institution, prosecution officials said. The students at Al-Azhar University in Cairo are
accused of attacking the headquarters of the Sunni Muslim authority in a November protest.
A court has already sentenced 12 Islamist demonstrators to 17 years in jail for attacking the headquarters during another protest.
Universities have become a key battleground for students who oppose the military's overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.
More than 1,000 people have been killed and thousands arrested in a police crackdown on Morsi's Islamist supporters since his ouster.