CAIRO: Al-Azhar University Chairman Osama el-Abd expelled 27 students on Monday, on accusations of inciting violence on campus and disrupting the education process, according to Al-Ahram.
They are also accused of throwing fireworks and hurling stones over the university’s administrative building and storming its garage.
In his Wednesday interview with the privately-owned Al-Hayat TV station, Minister of Higher Education Wael el-Degouy instructed university presidents to expel students who are involved in “violent acts” inside universities.
He also threatened to terminate the contracts of any university professors involved in ‘inciting violence.’
In response, several Al-Azhar University students formed ‘human chains’ in front of the gates, demanding the release of their colleagues, and the reinstatement of the expelled students. They also denounced Sisi’s presidential bid, according to Al-Watan newspaper.
Two students were injured at Al-Azhar University in the Delta Governorate of Damietta, following clashes with pro-Muslim Brotherhood students, who allegedly used pocketknives according to Al-Watan newspaper.
Additionally, pro-Muslim Brotherhood students at the Faculty of Pharmacy at Helwan University staged a protest demanding the release of their detained colleagues, according to Youm7.
The students chanted anti-security slogans and raised banners saying “strike” and “freedom for the detainees.”
At the same time, as a precautionary measure, security forces reinforced their presence in the vicinity of Cairo University amid several calls by pro-Muslim Brotherhood students to resume protest.s
This comes amidst ongoing protests in several major universities against the military-backed government since the beginning of the academic year last September. Violent confrontations have erupted continuously between students and security forces, often leaving victims.