Student clashes erupt in Alexandria, Mansoura and Cairo

Ahram Online , Wednesday 30 Oct 2013

Tens of students injured in Alexandria and Mansoura following clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents as protests take place on several campuses on Wednesday

Al-Azhar University clashes
Protesters throw stones while running away from a riot police vehicle advancing toward them near Al-Azhar University in Cairo October 20, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Clashes broke out on campus at Alexandria University on Wednesday afternoon between Muslim Brotherhood students and their opponents.

Students from the Faculty of Tourism and protesting Muslim Brotherhood students reportedly threw stones at each other, after a pro-Morsi march roamed around campus chanting anti-military slogans in protest over what they call a "coup" of former elected president Mohamed Morsi.

A medical source told Al-Ahram's Arabic news website that at least ten students were injured.

Police and army forces were deployed near the campus in the Shatbi district in case clashes erupted outside the university gates.

Alexandria’s police commissioner, General Nasser El-Abd, asserted that security forces would not intervene in clashes on campus, even if requested to do so by the university’s administration.

Alexandria witnessed another protest against the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, where tens of female Muslim Brotherhood students held pictures of the deposed president and demanded his reinstatement.

Meanwhile, the Nile Delta’s Mansoura University also witnessed rival clashes between pro-military students and those opposing the removal of Morsi.

Tens of students were injured, reported Ahram Arabic news website.

In Cairo, at least 25 people were arrested on Wednesday amid clashes with security after pro-Morsi protesters stormed an administration building at Al-Azhar University.

However, according to the lawyer representing the students, only eight of them were Azhar university students. This was confirmed by a security source, who added many protesters had entered the campus illegally.

Since the beginning of the new academic year, demonstrations have become commonplace on university campuses, traditional sites of political protest.

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