Student dies in hospital after clashes at Alexandria Uni last week

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 Oct 2014

Omar Sherif is the first fatality at protests that have rocked Egyptian universities since the beginning of term on 11 October

Alexandria University
A clashes with police at Alexandria University (Photo: Al-Ahram)

A student has died in hospital after being injured last week in clashes with police at Alexandria University, the health ministry has said.

Omar Sherif is the first fatality in clashes that have rocked Egyptian universities since the beginning of term on 11 October.

He had been in a coma since being shot with birdshot in the head and neck, hospital officials told Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

Last year at least 14 students died in similar clashes as universities became a focus for anti-government protests, led mainly by Islamists.

The Ambulance Authority said that Sherif's corpse had been transferred to Kol El-Dekka Morgue in Alexandria.

"We assert that [Sherif's] pure blood was not shed in vain and that retribution is imminent," Students Against the Coup, which campaigns for the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, said on their official Facebook page on Tuesday.

Sherif died after police stormed the Alexandria University campus last week upon the request of the university president. Hundreds of students were protesting at the Engineering Faculty over the arrest of their colleagues the previous week.

Police fired tear gas at the students and clashes broke out between the two sides.

The university expelled five students after the clashes and referred 11 for questioning.

Police have stormed at least five campuses since the start of the semester on 11 October as students – mostly supporters of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood – continue to protest against the current government, who they charge with ousting Morsi in a coup.

Over 180 students have been arrested, according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, an independent rights body.

The government anticipated unrest on campuses this academic year by employing a private security firm to guard 15 public universities nationwide.

However, students launched a protest campaign and defied the new security firm.

Hundreds of people have been jailed under a law passed in November 2013 that bans all but police-sanctioned demonstrations.

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