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Police fire teargas at pro-Morsi students at Cairo University

Students are protesting a court order which allows police on campus

Ahram Online, Sunday 9 Mar 2014
Cairo Uni Clashes
A car belonging to the media burns during a protest by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi inside Cairo University, in Cairo, March 9, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Police fired teargas at a student protest organised by a pro-Mohamed Morsi grouping at Cairo University on Sunday. 

The teargas was reportedly fired after a vehicle owned by TV channel CBC was torched. Like much of the Egyptian private and state media, CBC has taken a strongly anti-Morsi line in its coverage of Egyptian politics.

According to local human rights NGO the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, student marches left from the faculties of law, science and commerce and then headed outside the university’s main gates at the same moment that the CBC vehicle was being torched by another group of protesters.

According to the NGO, the protesting students retreated onto campus after the police fired teargas, declaring the end of the protest.

In response the police too withdrew, according to Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

Sunday’s protest, which takes place on the second day of the delayed spring term, was called for by the pro-Morsi Students Against the Coup group, in protest at a recent court verdict that allows police to return to university campuses.

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 disruption 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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Hesham Tawfik
10-03-2014 11:27am
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Anti-coup or Pro-Morsi
If all protesters who took to street since July 3 coup ARE PRO-MORSI amd MUSLIM BROTHERHOD members at the same time this means one thing the The KIDNAPPED Prisdent enjoys great support in Egypt. If all prosters are anti-coup that is mean the 3rd JULY coup failed
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bknot1
10-03-2014 07:53am
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Solution Needed
Well this is dumb founded to me. The University can expel students.. so why dont they do it NOW.. Anyone protesting that dont have anything to do with Campus problem.. should be expelled.. This protest have nothing to do with the Univeristy. They are so-called protesting a court order by the Government, which should be allowed on any campus, Like Morgan said police are on many campuses areound the world, but Egypt is a different story.. expel all that is involved in this stupid protest so the rest of the students that are there to get their education can do so.
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John
10-03-2014 07:29am
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Police are carrupt
What sisi govt start against students and respectfull public totally unacceptable.this is a pro setanizim govt
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Morgan
09-03-2014 06:23pm
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Terrorists protest police protecting students.
Gee, I thought kids were supposed to get smarter when they go to university... not the case in Cairo. Many nations around the world already have police working the grounds to protect students. The only ones protesting (in Egypt) are the ones who are creating the violence. The MB offer nothing to Egypt but misery... they ARE in deed TERRORISTS.
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Khofo, Gizaa
09-03-2014 05:52pm
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Love Morsi
He US undercover agent intended to dismantle and expose BH of kazabben with their 80 years of criminal activities. Goodbye Morsigoing home to USA. LOOOOOL.
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