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25 arrested in Azhar University clashes Wednesday

Security forces intervened to end storming of an administration building at Azhar University, arresting 25

Ahram Online, Wednesday 30 Oct 2013
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Protesters throw stones during clashes with riot police in front of Al-Azhar University in Cairo October 20, 2013 (photo: Reuters)

Protesters stormed an administration at Al-Azhar University building after they demonstrated in support of Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday.

Twenty-five were arrested amid clashes with security, judicial officials told Ahram Arabic news website. 

According to the lawyer representing those arrested, only eight of them are Azhar students. This was confirmed by a security source, who added that many protesters had entered the campus illegally.

Security forces were allowed onto campus upon the request of the university's President, after clashes escalated in the second week of protests at the university.

Morsi supporters calling for his reinstatement stormed the administration building Wednesday and threw documents out of the windows. According to a security official quoted by state television, protesters held the university president and some of the staff inside the building against their will.

Eye-witnesses told Ahram Online reporter at the scene that university security forces had initially used water cannons in an unsuccessful attempt to disperse the protesters.

Ahram Online reporter also heard gunshots during the melee.

Both parties claimed the other side had started the clashes. Student protesters told Ahram Online they were demonstrating peacefully when security opened water cannons against them. University security denied the allegations and said they had reacted to protesters hurling stones.

Supporters of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi have been staging regular protests calling for his reinstatement since he was ousted in July. Protests have resulted in clashes with security forces on more than one occasion.

Since the beginning of the new academic year, demonstrations have shifted to university campuses. Al-Azhar, a key centre of Islamic learning, has seen regular protests since classes started two weeks ago.



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Ronald Suxm London
30-10-2013 08:27pm
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They will win
These students are protesting fascism and the usurpation of the people's will by the army, Coptic Church and Azhar. We should salute them, not arrest them. They will win eventually.
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Bubbly
30-10-2013 05:16pm
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Coup to be shattered
If standing up against the Tyrant Coup regime and their all sort of repressions, massacres and crime against humanity is terrorism and a crime then yes all islamists and anti coup Egyptians are criminals and terrorist and they are proud of it. One thing coup loyal and supporters must keep in mind, you only can rule on Egypt if you spilled the blood of all millions of Egyptians who have firm believe and faith that they will never surrender against the all repression and crimes of the pharaoh of the modern history Gen CC. Media lies cannot fool the Egyptians any more. All those now dancing on the beats of CC music must be brought to justice for their crimes.
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John
30-10-2013 02:51pm
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Alarm
Students of azhar have rights to protect Egypt. Those students are future rulers of Egypt. Not bloody army. Police must care full to do any wrong activities. This is not only azhar students voice this is a voices of whole Egyptian
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Ervin
30-10-2013 05:22pm
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Protecting Egypt from whom? How can you protect something, when youd devastate the university and the surrounding environment? This is clearly thuggery, they clearly don't want to study and go to ruin the university premises.This world "ruler" clearly depicts your limited mentality "rulers". In your mind, you cannot distinguish between ruler and President, but I wo uld expect it from an Ikhwan supporter. They think that God has given them the right to rule... When you will start thinking otherwise, then there will probably be a hope for Egypt.
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Tammy
30-10-2013 02:35pm
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old enough to know better!!
If these students or a better word would be CRIMINALS at this point are old enough to perform these kind of actions then they are old enough to know better. They should be arrested & jailed, a crime is a crime & their actions are criminal. They should be expelled from the university permanently & not be allowed to attend any other university in the country. They are not there to learn & all they are doing is ruining the education of other students & causing chaos & destruction. Such a waste of their parents hard earned money trying to further their education so they have a better future. There are kids out there who would better appreciate the opportunity these young crimals had & are throwing away.
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