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Egyptian court bans unpermitted protests at universities

A Cairo court has banned unpermitted protests at universities, where ongoing demonstrations have led to clashes with security forces, student detentions and even fatalities

Elsayed Gamal Eldeen, Monday 30 Dec 2013
Protesters shout slogans against the military and interior ministry, while gesturing with four fingers in front of riot police after blocking Al Nasr street in front of Al-Azhar University headquarters at Cairo's Nasr City district, November 19, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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A Cairo Court for Urgent Matters banned on Monday demonstrations on university campuses without prior authorisation from university presidents, a judicial source told Ahram Online.

A lawyer for controversial television talk-show host Tawfiq Okasha brought a case demanding the banning of any protest on campuses without authorisation from university heads.

Security forces will immediately step in to disperse non-authorised protests, the source elaborated.

The court reasoned the legislature gave the right to the university president to take the necessary actions to protect the lives of students and maintain security on campuses.

A new protest law, issued in November,  allows government authorities to apply sanctions against those who demonstrate without acquiring a legal permission.

The penalties against students who are involved in unpermitted demonstrations can reach expulsion.

Universities have been off-limit to police since a 2010 court ruling banned Interior Ministry guards, known for their heavy-handed tactics, from operating on their grounds.

Since the start of the academic year in September, Egyptian universities transformed into hubs of protests by Islamist supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, ousted by the army in July amid massive nationwide protests against his rule.

Clashes between students and police, some of which have incurred fatalities, are reported on near-daily basis.

Scores of students have also been arrested amid the unrest since the beginning of the school year.

Demonstrations in recent weeks have been concentrated at Al-Azhar University campuses in Cairo and other governorates where some student protesters have boycotted and attempted to disrupt semester exams.

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01-01-2014 08:24pm
Only Sissy and his thugs have right of protests.
This is fascist state.
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Tarik Toulan
30-12-2013 03:24pm
A long-overdue decision
I think tolerance to anarchists and those who conspire against national security is certainly a blunder. This court ruling is, in fact, long overdue and should have been put in force immediately following the June-30 revolution that ended the Muslim Brotherhood rule to Egypt. Time for the Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers to understand that universities are not for riots and demonstrations, but only for gaining knowledge.
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01-01-2014 08:26pm
@Medo, Moving forward with murders and Genocides of people ?
You fascists have banned every freedom, killed 10000 people, you call it moving forward or moving far backward than Mubarak regime.

30-12-2013 02:26pm
Can't believe
Please correct me if i'm dreaming,Mr Tawfiq Okasha is one who had the people come to the streets and topple the President Morsy isn't..??? The same person now advocating to ban the Protest..??? funny or hypocracy..??? If one thing was right last year,why wrong this year..?? The reason that President was elected and this time slected. or Last thim an Islamist President and this a Liberal and Secular President...?? Or the the people that were protesting last year were Egyptians and now protesters are non-Egyptians...? Or Judiciary has changed...? Last year Judiciary had only Judicila powers now they have Judicial,Adminstrative and Legislative Powers..? The are the rulers,they are the investigators,the are the adminstrators and they are Judiciary powers...What is the trught can someone explain me..? Or madness and hypocracy has no justification. "Might is right " wa Allah..habibi
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31-12-2013 10:37am
These Nazis wanted power so they were in favor of freedom
Now they are in power with the help of guns, They won't want to give any freedom to any body, Even Fascists in Germany didn't do such things with their own people. These are sign of end of Egypt.
30-12-2013 03:58pm
The issue here (and you made the same mistake when replying to a post of mine yesterday!) We in Egypt are trying to move forward.. what these people at universities are doing by stopping people taking their exams is wrong. What right do these MB students have to stop another students education? Every day these people are fighting.... they are the next step in the MB's plan to cause havoc all over Egypt, however, we, the "normal" people of Egypt will not allow these terrorists to continue. We need stability, we need investment, we need tourists to feel safe.... You asked for someone to explain the madness to you... ok, i will... the madness is these MB think that by doing all of this they will regain power and Morsi will be back! LOL!!! That is madness!

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