Clashes broke out between students and thugs on Ain Shams University campus in Cairo Sunday following a march held by students to the university headquarters in the afternoon.
Hundreds of university students staged the march that they dubbed "No to thugs" from Al-Nour Mosque in the Abbasiya district to the nearby campus. Students are lobbying for tighter on-campus security as well as an end to thuggery after having been attacked by unknown assailants several times.
The assailants obstructed the student march, pelting it with rocks and glass.
"We were in the march to protest against recurrent attacks by thugs when they attacked us," Mostafa Fouad of Ain Shams' Student Union told Ahram Online.
Some seven students sustained head injuries in the melee, Fouad reported.
Students managed to apprehend three of the assailants and handed them over to university security guards.
"We contacted the Wayli Police Station, but they did not show up," Fouad added.
Fouad claims the thugs were hired by the university before the revolution and argues they are still sponsored by the university administration and are known to security guards who, he says, give them a free rein.
According to Fouad, the latest episode of attacks on students by thugs took place Wednesday when assailants attacked members of the scout group of the Faculty of Arts, assaulting girls in the process.