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Pro-Morsi students torch banners with pictures of Egypt's presidential candidates; clashes in Alexandria and Cairo

Ahram Online, Saturday 17 May 2014
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Security forces dispersed a rally in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi Saturday departing from Alexandria University’s Faculty of Engineering.

 

Clashes erupted when protesters torched banners with pictures of Egypt's current presidential candidates, reported the Al-Ahram Arabic website.

 

The rally retreated into the university campus.

 

Security forces are still deployed in front of the university in anticipation of other demonstrations.

 

Clashes also took place Saturday at Ain Shams University between security and pro-Morsi students.

 

Students have staged near-daily protests across the country since the start of the academic year in September to denounce interim authorities, support Morsi, and to call for the release of colleagues detained by security forces.

 

University students are currently sitting their end-of-year examinations, which have been overshadowed by fears of a recurrence of the violence that interrupted mid-year exams.

 

Pro-Morsi students have been at the heart of the Muslim Brotherhood's defiance of interim authorities amid a security crackdown that made unplanned street demonstrations illegal and has left hundreds of Brotherhood members dead and thousands detained, including the group's top leadership.

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