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Egyptian police attack Al-Azhar University

Crescent International

The military-installed regime in Egypt is determined to crush all forms of dissent. Its recent victims are students, even those at Al-Azhar University. Riot police have stormed the premises and attacked and injured scores of students. The protests continue and show no sign of dying down despite the brutal crackdown.


Sunday March 23, 2014, 15:07 DST

True to their brutal nature, Egyptian riot police today stormed Al-Azhar University campus in Cairo to disperse anti-regime students protesting against the military-backed and installed regime.

Earlier today, police attacked students on the main campus at Al-Azhar. The aim was to disperse them because students have continued their protests despite the regime’s crackdown.

Last November, the military-installed regime granted permission to security forces to storm campuses without seeking the university administration’s permission. Scores of students have been killed or injured since then. Hundreds of others have been arrested.

Security forces also injured a dozen protesters and arrested five people at Zagazig University in the Nile delta province of Sharqiyah today.

Since the start of the new academic year last September, Egyptian students have been holding protest rallies against the military installed regime and have demanded the release of all political detainees as well as restoration of Mohamed Mursi, the legitimately elected president.

Student protests intensified when the regime, essentially the Egyptian military that is using civilians as front, put more than 1200 Mursi supporters on trial in what has been described as the largest ever trial in the country’s history.

According to a recent report by the Associated Press, Egypt’s military-backed regime has jailed nearly 16,000 people since the military coup against Mursi last July. These include about 3,000 Muslim Brotherhood members, among them the murshid (leader) of the Ikhwan al-Muslimoon, Mohamed Badie.

The Egyptian military’s brutal crackdown has been roundly denounced by human rights organizations but not the Western regimes or their Arabian puppet in the Middle East.

Amnesty International has criticized the Egyptian regime for using an “unprecedented scale” of violence against protesters and dealing “a series of damaging blows to human rights.” The United Nations Human Rights Council has also expressed concern over the Egyptian security forces’ heavy-handed crackdown and the killing of peaceful anti-regime protesters.

Human Rights Watch has also denounced the Egyptian regime for labelling the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, saying the move “appears to be aimed at expanding the crackdown on peaceful Brotherhood activities and imposing harsh sanctions on its supporters.”

Rights groups say at least 1,400 people have been killed in the political violence since the ouster of Mursi, “most of them due to excessive force used by security forces.” Ikhwan sources say the death toll runs into several thousand, most of them their supporters killed by security forces shooting them at point blank range.

Despite such crackdown, the protests have continued throughout Egypt.


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