Cairo University: 13 Arrested After Pro-Morsi Students Launch Fireworks at Security

AP Photo/Amr Nabil
AP Photo/Amr Nabil

Student protesters who support ousted president Mohammed Morsi in Egypt, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, were arrested at Cairo University for clashing with administrative security.

“The Cairo University’s administrative security evacuated staff from the university campus on Sunday afternoon after clashes erupted between pro-[Mohammed] Morsi students and security,” reports Ahram Online.

“Clashes broke out between administrative security and pro-Morsi protesters after students organized demonstrations on campus earlier Sunday, demanding the release of their colleagues arrested and detained on protesting-related charges,” it adds.

The confrontations between the two groups turned violent when the students reportedly launched fireworks.

Administrative security at Cairo University were accused of being “brutal and violent” against the pro-Morsi “Students against Coup” group.

Then-military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi led the 2013 overthrow of Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, after millions of Egyptians protested Morsi’s ascension to the presidency in Egypt.

According to Egypt’s ministry of interior, 13 pro-Morsi protesters were arrested in the clashes at Cairo University, including the son of a prominent Muslim Brotherhood member, Mahmoud Ghozlan.

“The former spokesperson of Muslim Brotherhood, Ghozlan, was sentenced to death in early April for setting up an ‘operation room’ in the protest camp at Cairo’s Rabaa Al-Adawiya square for supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi, in the summer of 2013,” reports Ahram news.

“In a statement issued Sunday evening, the ministry of interior accused the arrested students of rioting and attacking administrative personnel on campus.” also says the the article. “It added that it has referred them to prosecution.”

Ahram news notes that “hundreds” of students have been arrested for protesting since the Sissi government adopted a strict protest law in November 2013.

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