Thousands protest in Mansoura University after attacks

Nada Hussein Rashwan, Wednesday 19 Oct 2011

After yesterday’s attacks on a student protest, angered students of Mansoura University stage a wider protest Wednesday demanding the immediate removal of the university’s former-regime officials

Mansoura University
Angry students in Mansoura University clashes, after some were smashed with the dean's car few days earlier. (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Thousands of students at Mansoura University staged on Wednesday a protest inside the university’s premises, demanding the resignation of the head of the university and faculty deans.

On Tuesday, security personnel reportedly beat 6 April Movement activist Fatma Ramadan at a police station as she, along with other students from the university, went to file complaints on injuries they received during an attack on a protest at the Faculty of Arts Tuesday afternoon.

Fatma Ramadan’s lawyer, Wael Ghali, was later prevented by security from filing a complaint on the incident at the General Prosecutor’s office, where he said security attacked and forced him out of the building.

The incident fueled further dissent from university students, who went on an even larger protest than Tuesday’s demonstration, demanding the immediate resignation of elected university head Sayid Abdel-Khaliq, a former faculty dean and National Democratic Party (NDP) figure, as students refuted the election results because existing faculty deans, appointed under Mubarak’s regime, took part in the voting.

Protesting students are also demanding the resignation of all faculty deans appointed under Mubarak, in order to ensure fair elections at the university.

Yesterday, an unidentified group carrying clubs and tasers attacked the protest at the Faculty of Arts demanding the resignation of Dean Mohamed Ghoneim. Around 20 students were reportedly injured. Student Motassem El-Azizi, head of one of the student movements inside the university, told Al-Shorouk News that the attackers were thugs hired by Ghoneim to infiltrate the protest, so complaints could be filed against students for vandalism and rioting.

Last week, a vehicle carrying Ghoneim accompanied by the dean of the Faculty of Veterinarian Medicine, Saeed El-Sherbiny, ploughed into a student protest after been surrounded by a group of protesting students amid university head elections. At least 15 students were injured. Following protests and the incident, five faculty deans, including El-Sherbiny, submitted their resignations Sunday.

Protests have been ongoing at Mansoura University since the first week of the fall semester.

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