Clashes in universities — Cairo, Al-Azhar and Mansoura

Clashes erupted on Sunday evening between police forces and dozens of Al-Azhar students allegedly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, privately-owned daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reported. The students blocked a main street close to the National Security Building in Nasr City. 

The police threw tear gas at the protesters who responded with stones and Molotov cocktails, leading to traffic congestion and the traffic police subsequently redirected traffic.

In Mansoura, university students left the premises to protest and set a police car on fire earlier in the day, Al-Masry Al-Youm also reported.

Eyewitnesses confirm that the students started firing flares and fireworks at the police forces after leaving campus through the Baron Gate. The police responded with tear gas and started chasing the students in an attempt to arrest them. This is when a group of students used flares to set the car on fire, the newspaper reported.

Sources say that police arrested two students involved in the attack. The protesters called for the release of their fellow students and chanted against what they describe as a military coup. The hundreds of protesters belong to the Students against the Coup movement; they gathered in front of the Faculty of Engineering, toured the university campus then exited through the Baron Gate.

Privately-owned daily Al-Shorouk reports that the students also clashed with residents around the university who opposed the march and the criticism of the police and army in the chants.

The students responded to the tear gas with stones and Molotov cocktails and dozens of students and police officers were injured during the clashes.

At Cairo University, students taking part in a sit-in left the campus and blocked nearby Nahda Street, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported. The students chanted against the police and the military and held the four finger Rabea sign and photographs of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.

Consequently, the security forces stepped up their presence within the square. Clashes erupted between the students and supporters of the military, but security intervened, separating both parties.


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