Saudi girls students stage protest gathering in Jeddah

Female students at a Saudi Arabian university protest adoption of virtual classes, which they say prevents an efficient learning of the content of courses.
The protest erupted on Tuesday when a group of freshmen gathered outside the University of King Abdulaziz in Jeddah, and threatened to stage a sit-in protest at the gate of the university.

The protest came in the face of an order issued by the university officials against admitting applicants at the building following the inauguration of the virtual system.

The gathering prompted the officials to bus the students to the university’s conference hall to offer an explanation on the new conditions.

But the protesters refused to get on the vehicles and vowed to continue their gathering until all their demands were met.

Back in March, Saudi students held days of sit-in protests in several universities, demanding better treatment by teachers and the moral police.

The sit-ins occurred after dozens of student were injured after security forces broke up a protest at King Khalid University in Abha in the Asir Province.

The students were complaining about poor services and calling for the removal of the university’s president.

Riyadh has been facing growing calls for justice and the release of political prisoners since a popular uprising started in March 2011. Since then, several people have been killed and many more injured or detained.

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