CAIRO: The deployment of police forces outside universities will trigger new problems between students and security forces, head of the student affairs at April 6 Youth Democratic Front Lotfi al-Sayed told Youm7 Friday.
This security presence is a protocol term signed by the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Higher Education.
“We, however, support the protocol term that provide training of university administrative security personnel at the Police Institute to properly handle protests and riots,” Sayed said.
According to Sayed, 1,200 students were detained since the fall term. He said his movement is urging the Cabinet and the Attorney-General to release them.
University guards belonging to the Ministry of Interior were replaced with administrative security after the January 25 Revolution. However, security forces raided Cairo and Al-Azhar universities during the previous term following widespread student protests.
Some student protests inflicted major damage to university properties, including attempts to disrupt exams.
Twelve Azhar University students were sentenced to 17 years in prison in November, and 19 others were sentenced to five years in February for “rioting” and “assaulting police officers.”
At least five students died during university protests; two in Cairo University, one in Ain Shams University, one in Al-Azhar University and one in Minya University.
Originally published in Youm7.