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Egyptians divided over police presence on university campuses

Several Egyptian universities approved the entry and stationing of police forces on their campuses, in a bid to disperse student protests.
Police officers take positions outside Cairo University during a protest inside by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, in Cairo April 14, 2014.  REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST EDUCATION) - RTR3L8EV
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On April 9, the administration of Kasr Al Ainy Medical School sent an official letter to the Interior Ministry expressing its approval of the entry and stationing of police forces on its campus. This decision followed the same approval expressed by Cairo University and Al-Azhar University, which are witnessing ongoing student protests that often end with the arrest of dozens of students. Previously, police were not allowed on campus grounds and security was maintained by private guards employed by the universities.

The students’ response was voiced by Mahmoud Salah, a spokesman for Students Against the Coup at Al-Azhar University. Salah said that any action taken by the university to stop the students’ demonstrations will not discourage them from continuing their protests to topple the military rule, secure the release of students detained since the events of June 30 and prosecute those responsible for the killing of students who were protesting on campus.

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