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Egypt's police storm Al-Azhar campus after students torch dean's car

Student protesters torched a faculty member's car, drawing police forces

Ahram Online , Tuesday 18 Nov 2014
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Police stormed Al-Azhar University on Tuesday afternoon after student protesters torched a faculty member's car on the Cairo campus, an official from the Islamic university told Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.
 
The students – described as supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi – attacked a Mercedes belonging to the dean of the dentistry faculty during a protest, said Hossam Shaker, the university's media coordinator.
 
Security forces dispersed the protest and searched for the students behind the act, Shaker said.
 
Meanwhile, the university's president, Abdel-Hai Azab, said that acts of "thuggery" would be dealt with harshly, stressing that he is capable of expelling any number of students in order to maintain order. 
 
Al-Azhar University and Cairo University were scenes of some of the worst student-led violence during last year's academic terms, as pro-Morsi students led near daily protests against Egypt's current authorities, who they charge with ousting the Islamist president in a coup in July 2013.
 
The violence led authorities to contract a private security firm to guard a number of public universities nationwide – including Al-Azhar – for the current academic year.
 
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a law on 27 October giving military courts power to try those who attack government and public "vital" facilities, including public universities. The law – to last for two years – also allows army forces to assist the police in guarding these sites.
 
The decision hasn't halted the student protests at several schools across the country, however.
 
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