6 students expelled from Beni Suef University over clashes

Ahram Online, Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

Protests took place at several universities nationwide on Tuesday

Six students from Upper Egypt's Beni Suef University have been expelled for involvement in protests and clashes that took place on Tuesday, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported.

The university's council acted under a law issued by interim president Adly Mansour last year that allows for the expulsion of students who commit acts of vandalism and hamper the educational process.

On Tuesday, a police vehicle was allegedly smashed by students on the campus, while two sound bombs were also found.

Police arrested 34 students amid protests and clashes on Tuesday at different universities across Egypt, with the army storming one campus – the first time the military has stepped in to restore order since universities became a scene for unrest following last year's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.

A security source told Al-Ahram that "rioting tools" were confiscated and six homemade bombs were dismantled at Mansoura University in the Nile Delta. Army forces stormed the university to assist police in securing the campus, as per a new law issued on Monday.

The law, issued by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, allows the military to assist the police in guarding vital public facilities, including university campuses.

Earlier in the semester, one student died at Alexandria University from birdshot wounds sustained during clashes with police, while a bomb exploded at Cairo University last week, injuring 11.

At least 19 students were killed in clashes on campuses last year, while hundreds others were injured or arrested. The government has blamed the violence on students supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that has been banned and designated a terrorist organisation.

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