Police fire teargas at pro-Morsi student protests in Cairo

Ahram Online, Wednesday 1 Jan 2014

Students storm Supreme Council of Universities office in Cairo University; Ain Shams University students attempted to block off a main road in northern Cairo

tear gas fired at the Cairo University campus
Cairo University students, who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, are seen shrouded in tear gas from Egyptian security forces during a clash in front of the main gate of the university, in Cairo December 10, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Students at Ain Shams University in Cairo who support the Muslim Brotherhood organised protest marches on Wednesday, blocking off Khalifa Al-Maamoun road, which leads to the Ministry of Defence.

Security forces used teargas to disperse students at the site, reported Al-Ahram’s Arabic website. Some of the students were arrested.

The students chanted slogans against the military and the police.

At Cairo University, student protesters stormed the Supreme Council of Universities (SCU), which is located on the university’s main campus, to express anger at decisions by the council to allow Egyptian security forces on to campus to secure facilities during the current exam period and the death of one of their fellow students in recent clashes with security forces.

Protesters smashed glass windows inside the SCU building, Ahram Arabic news website reported.

University security attempted to disperse protesters using water cannons and fire-extinguishers. 

Shortly afterwards, students, chanting slogans against the police and the military, clashed with security forces outside the campus.

Three students were injured during the clashes.

Later in the afternoon, pro-Brotherhood students at Cairo University marched to the Security Directorate of Giza governorate, located close to the university. 

Students set fire to campaign posters that call on Egyptians to vote yes in the upcoming constitutional referendum. 

Since the start of the academic year in September, Egyptian universities have been hubs of protest by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, ousted by the army in July amid massive nationwide protests against his rule.

Clashes between students and police are reported on near-daily basis. A number of students have died in the violence.

Scores of students have also been arrested amid the unrest since the beginning of the school year.

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