40 pro-MB students to be tried for violent protests in January
Pro-Muslim Brotherhood protest - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Forty students affiliated with or supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood were referred on Sunday to the Cairo Court of Misdemeanors by prosecutor Mohamed Seif for being involved in violent incidents in recent months at Al-Azhar University and in Nasr City.

The students are facing charges of “joining a terrorist organization,” thuggery, damaging public institutions and possession of melee weapons, which resulted in the disruption of public order and threatened national security, the prosecution said.

Following site inspections, the prosecution reported on several damages to one of Al-Azhar University’s buildings, computers and other equipment, windows, doors and walls, burnt documents, in addition to the destruction of the office of the university president.

The first semester of university classes was characterized by a series of violent clashes between university students on one hand and security forces or university officials on the other. This resulted in the arrest of large numbers of students, in addition to the suspension of others from universities, and the postponement of classes and exams on several occasions for security reasons.

The Supreme Council for Universities signed a protocol with the Ministry of Interior allowing police officers and security to be present around universities and gave them the ability interfere on campus if any violence erupts.

The students protesting have mostly been supporting former President Mohamed Morsi, chanting against the Armed Forces following his removal from office in July 2013.

Originally published in Youm7.

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