Student death intensifies criticism of security presence on university campuses
clashes between students and security forces at university campus - YOUM7/Amr Mostafa

CAIRO:  The death of a student last week has intensified human rights criticism of security presence on university campuses. “Egyptian universities have become battlefields that see the blood of new victims every day,” the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said in a Saturday press release.

On May 13, students clashed with security forces, who fired tear gas canisters and bullets cartouche outside Cairo’s Ain Shams University to disperse protests, resulting in the suffocation of many students and university employees, the injury of three students, and the death of Mohamed Ayman, a Faculty of Computer Science student, who was took three shots to the head.

“The Muslim Brotherhood does not allow us to defend them,” Gamal Eid, director of the ANHRI, told The Cairo Post Sunday, describing his the network as a “secular” organization.

Eid added that he believes that “Ayman was innocent and did not adopt any act of violence.” He also said that the network provides legal support to all oppressed individuals and attempted to shed light on his case, “but the Brotherhood rejected any help from organizations and officials who are not affiliated to the group.”

In the Saturday statement, the ANHRI denounced “the excessive use of force by Egyptian security forces that witnessed scores of protesters students beaten and detained during their protests.”

“Security forces detained three other students and accused them of killing their colleague Mohamed Ayman,” according to the ANHRI statement, which added that that “the killing of the Ain Shams student was not the first of its kind; such a crime is frequently repeated after June 30.”

University campuses have witnessed intense clashes between security forces and students against Mohamed Morsi’s ouster. In a number of instances, student protests turned into violent clashes, leaving many of causalities.

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