CAIRO: Security forces intensified their presence around universities in anticipation of Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations, Youm7 reported Monday.
Dozens of Brotherhood students at Ain Shams University assembled Monday to march under the motto of “Free University,” protesting against the storming of the security forces to the campus last Saturday.
The students called for the retribution of the killers of the university student Mohamed Ayman, who was shot dead in a demonstration at the university last week.
Security forces intensified their presence around the university and retreated after the end of the students’ demonstrations.
A homemade bomb detonated Monday in front of the university main gate before the students’ demonstrations and injured three students, according to eyewitness to Youm7.
The blast led Cairo University to comb the campus, searching for explosives.
The deputy of general administration of the civil protection in Cairo denied any concern to Youm7, referring that things are running normally at the university.
Gamal Halawa reaffirmed that the university is well secured and the civil protection men were deployed around the university in anticipation of any explosions.
At Al-Azhar University, clashes erupted between demonstrating Brotherhood students and the security forces who were stationed there but soon the security forces managed to control the situation. The students were chanting against the police and the army.
In Mansoura University, security forces intensified their presence on campus in anticipation of any likely riot actions by the students.
The Sunday clashes at the university between some Brotherhood students and security forces led to the burning of the administrative security building and the social development center, the injury of five from the administrative security, and storming the exams printing office in an attempt to steal it and the administrative security’s wireless devices.
Since the beginning of the academic year in September 2013, protests against the military-backed government and the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi have erupted continuously in several major universities, often leading to violent confrontations with security forces.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Ragheb, Wael Rabie, Hany Mohamed Ismael Rafat and Abdallah Mahmoud.