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Pro-Morsi students to protest 'police intimidation'

'Students against the Coup' will on Sunday hold demonstrations against police deployments near campuses, arrest of student activists

Ahram Online, Sunday 10 Nov 2013
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Egyptian security forces inside Al-Azhar university in Cairo, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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"Students against the Coup," a pro-Morsi group, will on Sunday stage protests against police deployments near university campuses and "attacks on freedom of expression."

At Al-Azhar University, students will gather at the Faculty of Commerce to condemn the referral of the faculty's student union president, his deputy and other students to a disciplinary council for investigation. The students were questioned after the university president was prevented by protesters from leaving his office during a protest last week. 

Students at Ain Shams University will protest "the university administration's attempts to terrorise students and suppress freedom of expression." 

At Cairo University, students will protest the recent arrest of fellow students. 

Students at Helwan University, on the outskirts of Cairo, will protest on Monday against the presence of police outside their campus gates, and the recent arrest and expulsion of students.

"Students against the Coup" issued a statement on Saturday stating it does recognise the "coup government" and calling for university administrations not to be used as political "tools."

Egypt's university campuses have been witnessing tense and sometimes violent demonstrations since September. Pro-Morsi students have been protesting against the interim government, saying the army staged a coup against the country's first freely-elected president when it deposed him in July amid mass protests against his rule.

Last week, police stormed the Al-Azhar University campus and fired tear gas to disperse student protesters. 

In late September, four students were expelled from Cairo University for "assaulting" former grand mufti Ali Gomaa, who was on campus for a thesis presentation.  Chaos broke out as pro-Morsi students shouted insults and expletives at the cleric and held up their shoes in a sign of disrespect. Gomaa left shortly afterwards.

Earlier in September, a proposal issued by the SCU to grant powers of arrest to university security guards stirred controversy. The interim cabinet sidestepped the proposal, which had sparked fears of a return to a policy of intimidating politically active students.

In 2010, Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court upheld a ruling removing police from university campuses, who were notorious for their heavy-handed tactics against students.

 

 

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Allen
12-11-2013 08:34pm
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Intimidation???
Oh ...!!! It's ok if they are doing the intimidating innocent bystanders, and all those who are not brotherhood sheep.
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very very critical
11-11-2013 12:49pm
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Hit them hard!!!
Hit them hard!! those are not students, they are hooligans!!! If they were genuine students they would have appreciated the value of education, learning, achievement, hard work and contribution to the society that offered them the opportunity to learn!!!
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Tammy
10-11-2013 07:35pm
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get a clue..
Well it's like this..If the students who are protesting would be going to school to learn & attend classes like their parents are paying for instead of creating chaos, disrupting the real students classes & destroying university property, not to mention basically taking people hostage THE POLICE WOULD NOT BE THERE!! These kids need to learn that for every action there is a consequence to be held accountable for..IF THEY CAN NOT DEAL WITH OR HANDLE THE CONSEQUENCES THEN THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE DONE THE ACTIONS WHICH CAUSED THEM!! They need to learn IF YOU COMMIT THE CRIME YOU DO THE TIME..Grow up & stop wasting your parents money & the universities time when there are real students who are there to learn so they can have a better future..stop whining about the police being there doing their job and it would not be necessary for them to be there if you behaved like students instead of lawless criminals & terrorists in training!!
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Allen
10-11-2013 07:33pm
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Just asking for the freedom to terrorize the Egyptian public
Is that too much to ask??????
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neil
10-11-2013 02:00pm
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opposite
people tell me that Ikhwan students (no doubt frustrated by everyone iqnorinq them) terrorize local residents and suppress their freedom of expression, so the local residents beq the police to stay
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Bubbly
10-11-2013 03:22pm
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local residents
When media used the word "LOCAL RESIDENTS" very frequently the readers and local egyptains know very well what does it means."Local Residents" is used just to misguide the international readers.These "local residents" always use firearms, sticks,knifves,bladesn and stones under full cover of the Police & Army armed vehicles and they attack ,torture and kill the Anti coup protesters.Pictures,live videoa & people on the grounds very well know who these peopel are but the Egyptain biase media including Ahram shamlesslly call them "local residents" instead of paid /hire thugs.The call it clashes b/w Anti coup protesters & pro coup local residents while the truth is local residents never takes arms and kill their the protesters.
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