Egypt police disperse pro-Morsi student protest in Nile Delta

Ahram Online , Thursday 9 Jan 2014

Security forces storm Sharqiya's Zagazig University, fire teargas to disperse student protesters

Police faceoff with Zagazig University students who support the Muslim Brotherhood (Photo: Ahram)

A protest by pro-Morsi students at a university in the Nile Delta has been broken up by police.

Police fired teargas in Zagazig University on Thursday to quell clashes in which protesters threw stones, bricks and Molotov cocktails were thrown, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Six students were injured, according to state news agency MENA.

Protesters shouted anti-army and anti-police slogans to condemn a police crackdown and the arrest of fellow students.

Egyptian universities have been the scene of numerous Islamist protests since Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July.

Universities had been off-limits to police since a 2010 court ruling barred interior ministry officers from campuses.

Police stormed Cairo's Al-Azhar University last October to confront a violent Islamist demonstration – the first such action since the 2010 ruling.

The High council of Universities has already issued a decision last December to allow the security forces to enter the University campus during the examinations in order to secure the universities.

The security forces were also allowed to enter the universities' campus without the permission of the administration in order to disperse unauthorised protests according to the protests law. 

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