'Students against the Coup' torch university's security building in Mansoura

Ahram Online, Sunday 18 May 2014

A number of security personnel injured at a university in Egypt's Nile Delta as students burn a campus building to protest detained colleague

Students at Mansoura University in Egypt's Nile Delta torched the campus's security building on Sunday to protest the arrest of a female colleague earlier in the day. 

The protesting students – who allegedly belong to Students against the Coup, a coalition that has refused last summer's ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi – threatened to escalate the situation if their colleague was not released, reported Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.

According to Al-Ahram, the detained girl was arrested by the university's security personnel following clashes that broke out between security forces and students. She was then handed to the police.

Angered with their colleague's arrest, the students responded by throwing Molotov cocktails at the security building. The police entered the campus and fired tear gas to disperse the protesters.

A source from the university's administration told Al-Ahram that a number of security personnel were injured in the clashes.

Student supporters of the deposed president have maintained their stance against Egypt's interim authorities on university campuses across Egypt following a severe crackdown by the government on Islamists' street protests.

The on-campus protests have often turned violent, with hundreds of students rounded up and several killed since the beginning of the academic year last September.

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