Cairo bans protests on university campuses
Universities have become "hubs of protests," particularly among pro-Morsi supporters calling for the oust of the current government (File Archive/AFP)
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A Cairo Court for Urgent Matters banned on Monday demonstrations on university campuses without prior authorisation, a judicial source told Ahram Online.
A lawyer for controversial television talk-show host Tawfiq Okasha brought a case demanding the banning of any protest on campuses without authorisation from university heads.
Security forces will immediately step in to disperse non-authorised protests, the source elaborated.
Universities have been off-limit to police since a 2010 court ruling banned Interior Ministry guards, known for their heavy-handed tactics, from operating on their grounds.
Since the start of the academic year in September, Egyptian universities transformed into hubs of protests by Islamist supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, ousted by the army in July amid massive nationwide protests against his rule.
Clashes between students and police, some of which have incurred fatalities, are reported on near-daily basis.
Scores of students have also been arrested amid the unrest since the beginning of the school year.
Demonstrations in recent weeks have been concentrated at Al-Azhar University campuses in Cairo and other governorates where some student protesters have boycotted and attempted to disrupt semester exams.