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Al-Azhar students destroy 'segregation wall', police raid campus

Students at Al-Azhar University protest recent jailing and expulsion of their colleagues; police respond with teargas and birdshot

Ahram Online, Sunday 23 Mar 2014
Al-Azhar University clashes
Al-Azhar University students who support the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed President Mohamed Morsi, shout slogans and dance in front of riot police during clashes at the university's campus in Cairo's Nasr City district December 29, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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Police used teargas and birdshot to disperse protesters at Al-Azhar University on Sunday.

The students had destroyed a "segregation wall" erected to separate the dormitories and administrative buildings after violent protests last semester.

The protest was in response to the recent jailing and expulsion of students, Mohamed Atef, acting president of Al-Azhar student union, told Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

Atef criticised the destruction of the wall and said protests should remain peaceful.

On Saturday, 16 Al-Azhar students were sentenced to three years in prison for taking part in clashes in December.

While on Thursday, a court sentenced 17 others to 14 years in jail on charges of rioting, damaging public property, burning vehicles and attacking security personnel and Al-Azhar staff.

Al-Azhar University, the highest seat of Sunni Islamic learning, has been the site of numerous protests since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Clashes have often broken out between pro-Morsi students and security forces at the university's campuses in Cairo and other cities.

In February, the interim authorities issued a decree allowing security forces to enter campuses and granting university administrators the right to expel protesting students.

A number of other universities have witnessed protests, but none as intense as Al-Azhar.

Four students have been killed at the university since the beginning of last semester, a spokesman for the Forensic Authority said in January.

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Tammy
24-03-2014 05:48am
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such a waste of education!!
This is such a total waste of educational opportunity..if they cannot behave civilized then they should not be allowed around those who are civilized..put them in cages where they belong so they cannot destroy more property and interfere with others who are serious about their education and bettering themselves..
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Khofoo, Giza
23-03-2014 03:55pm
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Round Them Up
We need to put them in a desert camp and force them to repairer what they damaged plus cleaning treats and collecting trash for4-6 weeks.
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elhid
24-03-2014 01:59pm
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Egypt will get round up
if every egyptian thinks the way you think for one thing you have to be shore: that Egypt will end in thousands of such camps, and for sure you will be there too...
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