Fresh student protests in two Egyptian universities

By Sobhi Mugahed, Saturday, May 17, 2014

Two Egyptian universities were rocked by clashes Saturday between student supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and security forces.

Two Egyptian universities were rocked by clashes Saturday between student supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and security forces.

CAIRO – Two Egyptian universities were rocked by clashes Saturday between student supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and security forces.

Policemen used teargas to disperse students protesting this month's presidential election at the Al-Azhar University in eastern Cairo, eyewitnesses said.

Several students were reportedly arrested.

Similar clashes were reported in the nearby Ain Shams University.

According to eyewitnesses, protesters torched a faculty building on campus.

Since the beginning of the academic year last September, Egyptian universities have become epicenters of protest against the army-backed interim authorities, with scores of students having been thrown in jail for taking part in anti-government rallies.

Egypt is scheduled to hold presidential elections on May 26-27, the first since the army unseated Morsi – the country's first freely elected president – last July.

Former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi are vying for the top post.

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