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Mansour allows university heads to expel rioting students

Demonstrating students can now be expelled without warning; Brotherhood coalition calls for more students' protests

Sayed Gamal El-Deen and Ahram Online, Wednesday 19 Feb 2014
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Interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour amended a law on Tuesday to allow university heads to expel protesting students, a measure that will further clamp down on the Islamist students who have staged demonstrations at university campuses across the country since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.

According to Mansour's amendment, students will be expelled for endangering the educational process or targeting a university's facilities, work or exams.

The amendment also includes attacks on people, public or private property inside the campus and inciting or participating in violence.

The law previously stated that a student would be referred to a disciplinary board, which would allocate punishment according to the nature of the offense.

On the same day as Mansour's announcement, six students from Al-Azhar University were expelled and 23 others were partially dismissed for one to two years, according to Faisal El-Sayed, a lawyer representing Al-Azhar students.

The new law states that expelled students can appeal the decision to the university's disciplinary board.

Al-Azhar University, the oldest Islamic university in the world, was the scene of frequent clashes last year between security forces and pro-Morsi students.

Other universities across the country were also at the forefront of Islamist groups' defiance against the interim authorities, staging near-daily protests since the start of the academic year in September. Clashes intensified after reports of students being detained or allegedly killed by security forces. In an effort to squash the student-led uprising, interim authorities in November granted police the right to enter campuses without prior authorisation from university heads or the prosecution.

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL), a pro-Morsi coalition including the Muslim Brotherhood, has remained defiant of attempts to stifle student unrest, however.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the NASL called on students to "develop their protests" at the start of the upcoming second semester to create the "desired atmosphere of decisiveness."

"You are now in a new confrontation with those who stole your revolution, you are the forefront of the revolution and leaders of this time," the NASL statement said. 

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Ahmed
19-02-2014 09:59pm
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students who don't support Sisi must be expelled
down with the MB. Fascism is our ideology. Violence is our tactic.
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SAWSAN MOSTAFA ALI
19-02-2014 09:32pm
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THIS SHOULD BE DONE A LONG TIME AGO
UNIVERSITIES ARE FOR STUDYING ----ANY OF THE RIOTING STUDENTS TO STAY AT HOME OR AT PRISONS.WELCOME TO ANY STUDENT WHO WANTS TO STUDY FOR FREE WITH OUR TAXES ---BUT THOSE WHO DESTROY THE BUILDINGS OF THE UNIVERSITY ARE CRIMINALS AND NOT STUDENTS.
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Farhan
19-02-2014 08:18pm
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These people are fascists, they should not be allowed to stay in power
They are trying to eliminate every one who opposes them.
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Ervin
19-02-2014 08:48pm
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Since when
You call oppositors some bored or bad students... If they did their protest peacefully, yes I'd do that. But they are petty vandals. Have you seen the university facilities arsoned by these vandals? Try to destroy the university facilities, throw them molotov cocktails and stones, block the traffic in any Western country and see what happens. Or am I missing something here? They destroy the university buildings just to show how peaceful they are... bah, sorry for misunderstanding you guys...
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Hesham Tawfik
19-02-2014 06:04pm
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Witch hunt
The military-backed government is lunching witchhunt campaign against anti-coup students but it will fail It is too difficult to gag protesters now because of social media
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Abu Saif
19-02-2014 06:38pm
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Only hunting is the preplaned one the Brothers aimed for Id say he is doing his job honestly to try for some peace in the school system after a first simester of Anarchy by the brothers
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