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Pro-Morsi students protest ruling allowing police return to campuses

Protests by pro-Morsi coalitions took place in Alexandria, Mansoura and Assiut on the first day of the new academic term, but no clashes were reported

Ahram Online, Saturday 8 Mar 2014
Protesting pro-Morsi students at Alexandria University (Photo: Al-Ahram Arabic news website)
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Groups of Islamist students protested in three governorates on Saturday, the first day of the new academic term, in opposition to a recent court ruling which allows police on campus.


However, no clashes were reported at the day's protests.


Protests were not reported at either Cairo, Helwan or Ain Shams universities on Saturday, although all three were major protest sites last term. Al-Azhar University, where the fiercest clashes took place last term, will start its new term on 15 March.


According to Al-Ahram Arabic new website, hundreds of students at Alexandria University demonstrated against the February ruling which lifted the ban on police entering university grounds.


Amid heavy security presence in the vicinity of the university, the students chanted “we will go on, we will not forget our brothers in detention” demanding the release of their colleagues who were detained in earlier clashes.


Similar protests were reported in Upper Egypt’s Assiut.


Students Against the Coup, a coalition against the ouster of the Islamist president, organised a modest protest against the police outside of the faculty of commerce at Assiut University.


Protesters held banners showing pictures of slain students.


In Mansoura in the Nile Delta hundreds of students marched in a Students Against the Coup rally at the city’s university, calling for the release of their colleagues.


Scores of students have been detained since the beginning of the academic year last autumn during on campus clashes with police and security forces. At least seven students were killed in the violence, from the universities of Cairo, Ain Shams, Al-Azhar and Alexandria.


A member of Helwan University’s student union, Islam Fawzy, told Ahram Online that he believed that instead of curbing violence, the police’s return to campuses could increase tensions, encouraging more students to mobilise against the security forces thus stoking further unrest.


“The relationship between students and the police is already strained outside of campuses; do they really want to bring it inside?” Fawzy asked.


While security forces regularly entered campuses last term to face demonstrators, especially after a government decision allowing university heads to call in police when needed, the permanent presence of government security on campuses was removed after the 2011 revolution, when a 2010 court order banning police from universities was implemented.


The police presence had become associated with political interference in student and faculty affairs.


On Sunday, Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim said that security forces would remain off campus unless violence or disruptions to academic procedures occur. 


The on-campus violence, along with a recent spike in cases of swine flu in Egypt, led to the postponement of the spring term several times. The term commenced on Saturday, two weeks after its original start date.

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09-03-2014 10:22am
Police should be carefull
Those studentd are future golds not by force govt.tody is sisi running by force by west tomarrow those students will run egypt by public .what about police .police should be carefull .sisi fake govt using police rong place
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09-03-2014 05:28am
EVERY terrorist hates a police presence... No surprises there!!
Makes it difficult to vandalize the school with impunity. Makes it difficult to terrorize the majority of decent non MB students by Muslim brotherhood terrorists, and their hoods, who are not even students. In plain English its bad for "business" for terrorists. The smoke of the bombs planted by the brotherhood has not faded yet. They should be watched and removed off the streets with long prison terms. If Egypt expects to return to civility, and the economomic recovery as a nation, home grown terror should be eliminated.
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09-03-2014 10:20am
Mr Allen, thank you for clarification and the readers must know that who actually yur are....If every one who hates the Egyptian police are terrorist then whole Egypt is terrorist.Yes these terrorist were behind the 2011.Although the financial supporters fo the police regime divided the nation very cleverly but don't worry...They coudn't wash out the "Hate" for police state from minds & souls of the "Terrorists",All the aggerssion, cirmes, brutallity, killings,torture couldn't not change the steadfastness of the "Terrorist"...Dont worry Allen, you will see...your belovd Police regime will be brought to Justice sooner or later...You don't to wait quite long.

Khofo, Giza, Egypt
09-03-2014 04:38am
Criominal Acts
we will never forget the criminal acts by few students and outsiders for foolish destructions and disrespect to faculty staff. take your meaningless anger on your criminal organizers. We will prevail.
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Aladdin, Egypt
09-03-2014 04:27am
Mr. Morsi Undercover Agent
He will be treated for espionage. He did good work by exposing BH criminal deeds for millions to understand Go back home Mr. Mursi to USA. We love you. LOL.
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