Egypt: ANHRI Condemns Blockade of Egyptian Universities and Dispersal of Students' Protests By Force

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Cairo: — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, denounced the blockade of Egyptian universities by security bodies on the backdrop of the student mobility of different student groups. Some of them protested against the return of security guards to universities, while other students protested against the protest law. Moreover, some groups refused the stringent procedures that are taken by authorities against students, and called for releasing their colleagues, who were detained because of their peaceful protest.

Both of Cairo and Al-Azhar Universities yesterday, Wednesday, witnessed violent clashes between security forces and students due to the use of violence by the forces in the face of protests organized by students of the two universities; in the framework of the student mobility in Egyptian universities after the security guards entered them and violently dealt with students. It, particularly, has escalated after the murder of Mohamed Reda a student at the Faculty of Engineering. The Egyptian authorities endeavor to ban students' protests in the universities as well as the political activity in them.

A large number of students have been arrested currently, either from their university campus or from different places. They are standing trial over accusations based on the new protest law that was passed last month by President Adly Mansour. The law is refused by the majority of political powers and society as well, as it confiscates the right to peaceful protest and legalizes the use of violence against protesters.

The last incident of detaining students based on to the protest law, was the arrest of 10 students from Misr Al-Qawiya (Strong Egypt) Party, Al-Dostour Party and 6 April Youth Movement. They were arrested by Egyptian security forces while they were at a cafe shop in Nasser City and referred to Supreme State Security Prosecution over the charges of protesting without a notice, possessing crackers, disturbing public peace, using violence with police men, stalling traffic, detaining a journalist, stealing a journalist's camera, stealing weapons and bullets of the Ministry of Interior, and deliberately damaging police vehicles. In a new string of false procedures that are taken by the justice bodies in Egypt, the prosecution moved to New Cairo police station to interrogate the arrested students and decided to jail them for 15 days pending investigations.

"We completely refuse the use of this notorious protest law by the Egyptian state as an excuse to the return of security bodies to universities, particularly after students have struggled a lot to receive a ruling that bans security bodies from entering universities. The attempts to circumvent it is not acceptable, as the students should do their activities inside their universities without any security grips on them,"said ANHRI.

ANHRI demands from Egyptian authorities to prevent the security bodies from addressing the students' protests as well as to release the detained students.

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