Pro-Morsi students besiege university in Cairo
30 October 2013, 19:06
Cairo - Students backing Egypt's ousted Islamist president
Mohammed Morsi stormed the administrative offices of a state-run university in
Cairo on Wednesday, prompting its president to ask for police intervention,
reported state television.
Security personnel failed to prevent the students, believed
to belong to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, from breaking into the offices of
al-Azhar University and destroying its contents, added the broadcaster. No
casualties were reported.
The pro-Morsi students at al-Azhar have been protesting for
more than a week now, demanding the reinstatement of the Islamist leader who
was deposed by the army in July after massive street protests against his
The president of the university, Osama al-Abd, asked the
police to intervene "to protect the people and property at the university
from acts of subversion," according to the report.
The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of security in
Egypt, said it was examining al-Abd's request, a security official told the
private TV station CBC.
"The ministry has not taken a decision yet on the
request, waiting for approval from the prosecution," added the ministry's spokesperson
Abdel Fattah Othman.
Police are barred from entering campuses in Egypt under a
2010 court injunction.
Egyptian universities have seen clashes between students
backing and opposing Morsi since the academic year began in late September.