Egypt police in 2 universities to quell protests

2014-10-12 17:47
Police at Cairo University. (AP)

Police at Cairo University. (AP)

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Cairo - Security officials say police backed by armoured vehicles have stormed the campuses of at least two prominent Egyptian universities to quell anti-government protests by students.

Sunday's largest rallies took place at Cairo and the Islamist al-Azhar universities. They were organised by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Student protest spokesperson Youssef Salhen said protesters clashed briefly with police outside al-Azhar.

A security official said at least six people were arrested at al-Azhar, where police fired tear gas. He spoke anonymously because he wasn't authorised to speak to the media.

Authorities have intensified security at universities nationwide to prevent the resurgence of student protests. Last year, at least 16 students were killed.

Morsi's supporters continue to hold small, scattered protests despite a crackdown after he was ousted in July 2013.

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