4 Cairo University students referred to investigation for lighting flares
Protests at Cairo University

CAIRO: Four Cairo University students were referred to investigations Saturday after surveillance cameras allegedly showed them lighting flares and fireworks inside the government-owned facility, Youm7 reported.

Starting last week, the second term has thus far gone smoothly, except for a few protests.  The students allegedly fired the flares last week; fireworks have been frequently used in protests to torch properties.

The situation in Cairo University has been tense for more than two years as students brought their protests inside the facility in demonstrations that involved attempts to disrupt study, arson of faculties, and assaults on staff.

At least 371 university students were arrested, 135 expelled and one killed in the first academic term of 2014/2015, according to a report by the Egyptian Commission on Rights and Freedoms (ECRF.)

In the 2013/2014 academic year, 19 students were killed at university protests, 2,037 were arrested and 600 were expelled, according to the report.

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