Degwy said that the ministry hoped “not to be forced to allow police” to enter campus during exams, and said that violence would be faced “fiercely.”
University students participating in demonstrations have been arrested outside campuses under the protest law since its entry into force in November 2013. The minister’s remarks signal that demonstrations inside campuses will have to adhere to the law’s conditions: that they request permission from security forces in advance of any planned demonstration, and remain peaceful.
Cairo University’s council decided unanimously to implement a full security plan to secure the university, starting with allowing police forces to enter the university after bombings that tok place outside Cairo University, ONA news agency reported April 3.
Al-Azhar University head Osama el-Abd said on April 6 in a phone call to al-Mehwar2 satellite channel he approves of Cairo University head Dr. Gaber Nassar’s decision to allow police inside Cairo University. Abd told al-Mehwar2 police forces “lacked any tools to stop violent acts,” and as a result cars belonging to professors, staff and visitors were burned during student protests.
Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim said the police forces are committed to the protocol signed with the Minister of Higher Education to be present at the university gates, to train administrative security and to immediately respond in the case of any violent attempts inside the university, Youm7 reported on April 7.
Additional reporting by EHAB EL-SHAZLY and WAEL RABEI