Al-Azhar University expels 71 students for riots

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 Dec 2014

The students were expelled for getting involved in violence and riots on campus

Azhar University
A police car set on fire by students of Al-Azhar University, who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed President Mohamed Morsi, is seen during clashes with riot police at the university's campus in Cairo's Nasr City district, March 30, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Al-Azhar University expelled 71 of its students on Wednesday for their role in riots and protests taking place on campus over the past several months.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the university administration said it decided to expel the students after it was proved that they were involved in acts of violence on campus. 

The statement added that young men among the expelled students are being reported to the Egyptian armed forces to enroll in the military. 

Al-Azhar University has witnessed a wave of protests and violent clashes between the anti-regime students and security forces since the ouster of the Islamist President in July 2013. 

Thousands of students have been arrested and stood trial in accordance with the protest law, while dozens of others have been expelled for their involvement in protests in the past few months in accordance with the Supreme Council of Universities' decision to expel students and staff members involved in violence.

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