CAIRO: A controversial Cairo Court for Urgent Matters decision to return university guards to Cairo campuses riled students Tuesday.
Mohamed Atef, a deputy manager for the Al-Azhar University student union told Al Jazeera in a phone call Tuesday that the ruling is a “permit to kill students inside the university campuses.”
“We are heading to a situation worse than before, as only the deans who are supporting the current government will be appointed,” added Atef.
He further said that student protests will continue regardless of the return of guards inside the campuses.
Mohamed Badawy, an engineering student at Cairo University, told Al Jazeera that violations committed against students over the past few months occurred while the forces were outside the university, adding “imagine what will happen if they are placed inside the campus.”
Commenting on the ruling, Cairo University President Gaber Nassar said in a Tuesday press statement that the decision falls under the state’s responsibility.
Nassar noted that the universities do not have the authority to reject or accept the ruling, and that the state notified the Ministry of High Education to apply the verdict once it is approved.
The Supreme Administrative Court on Feb. 24 overturned its own 2010 ruling eliminating guards on campus unless the head of the university explicitly called for them.
But the Cairo University Deans Council rejected the return of guards during a meeting on March 5 while discussing preparations for the second school semester.
The ruling follows nearly a year of daily university demonstrations and clashes between students and security forces since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 3. Many of these clashes resulted in injuries and a number of deaths among students.
In terms of jurisprudence, the administrative court verdict confirmed that the implementation of its rulings cannot be stopped or halted by previous court verdicts.