Egypt's universities rocked by pro-Morsi protests

By Islam Mosaad, Sunday, April 06, 2014

Policemen fired teargas at protesting students, causing an unspecified number of students to suffer temporary asphyxiation

Policemen fired teargas at protesting students, causing an unspecified number of students to suffer temporary asphyxiation

CAIRO – Egyptian policemen on Sunday stormed the campus of Ain Shams University in eastern Cairo to disperse student protesters backing ousted president Mohamed Morsi, eyewitnesses said.

Policemen fired teargas at protesting students, causing an unspecified number of students to suffer temporary asphyxiation.

Pro-Morsi students blocked the nearby Al-Khalifa Al-Ma'moun Street, before they were forced into the campus again by teargas-firing policemen.

Meanwhile, pro-Morsi student protests erupted in other universities, including Al-Azhar University in eastern Cairo, where students staged a protest outside the campus, but they had to get in when policemen and army personnel arrived.

Female students from the same university staged a protest in the nearby Youssef Abbas Street and flashed the four-fingered Rabaa sign, which commemorates hundreds of people who were killed during the dispersal of an eastern Cairo sit-in in support of Morsi in mid-August last year.

The students also raised the photos of their colleagues who were arrested over the past weeks during similar demonstrations.

Students from Cairo University also staged a brief protest outside their university's campus to ask policemen and army personnel deployed on the nearby Nahda Square to leave.

Similar protests erupted at Zagazig University in the Nile Delta against a presidential bid by former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

Egypt has been dogged by instability since the army unseated Morsi, the country's first freely elected president, last July following massive protests against his administration.

Pro-democracy protesters have been staging almost daily rallies ever since.

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