Mily officers investigate Indonesian students in Egypt

Pekanbaru, Riau (ANTARA News) - A total of 50 Indonesia students studying in Egypt were searched and investigated by Egyptian military personnel on Saturday evening, an Indonesian student in Cairo said through a cellular phone on Sunday.

Faisal Amri who is pursuing a study at the Al Azhar University said he and his friends were examined by military officers who were suspicious of foreigners.

"They increasingly become suspicious. Their suspicion towards foreigners has exceeded the limit of propriety," Faisal told ANTARA here from Cairo.

He said that some of the Indonesian students came from Central Java, Sumatra and other regions in Indonesia.

"Of the total number of students studying in Egypt, only one percent have been evacuated. It can be said that we have become victims," Faisal added.

He said that there were still 3,200 Indonesian students in that country who had not yet been evacuated.

Another student, Fitra Matopan, said that there were about 100 students from Riau province who had not yet been evacuated. "So far, no student from Riau has been arrested. But we are very scared with the worsening situation in Egypt," he said.

He called on the Indonesian government to immediately evacuate Indonesian citizens. "The government should have followed the step of neighboring Malaysia which had evacuated 11 thousands of its citizens from Egypt," he added.

He said that the government was too slow in evacuating its citizens where so far it had only returned about 800 of about 6,000 citizens staying in Egypt.(*)