Cairo's Misr International University (MIU) security guards have reportedly cracked down on a sit-in by students who are demanding for better road safety measures, leaving several injured.
“The university bodyguards and security opened a fire extinguisher at us, threw stones and then started using birdshot,” Sara Mohamed, a mass communication student at MIU, told Ahram Online, pointing out that Tuesday's assault was part of the previous day's clashes with the university bodyguards.
MIU students have been holding a 15-day sit-in to demand the building of a pedestrian bridge in protest against the occurrence of several road accidents involving students from the university, in addition to protesting the expulsion of fellow colleagues.
The students managed to gather about 4,000 signatures out of nearly 6,000 students; however, the university administration did not answer their demands, according to Mohamed.
Photos by students present at the clashes have been circulating on Twitter showing several injuries caused by stones and birdshot.
The university has closed its doors on Tuesday after releasing a statement via email to its community, urging students and faculty not to visit campus after "the act of vandalism and violence that took place by some students."