World Bulletin/News Desk
Egyptian security forces violently dispersed anti-government student protests inside the premises of six universities around the country.
Security forces clashed with student protesters inside Cairo, Al-Azhar and Ein Shams universities in the capital. Clashes also broke out after security forces stormed three other major universities in the Nile Delta provinces of Daqahliya, Gharbiya as well as Upper Egypt's Beni Soueif.
Eyewitnesses reported injuries and arrests of students during the clashes. Interior Ministry spokesman Hani Abdel-Latif told Anadolu Agency that three students were arrested Sunday from Cairo University's protests.
University students across Egypt have been staging demonstrations, primarily organized by the "Students Against the Coup" movement, since the beginning of the school year last week.
The students protest an alleged fresh arrest wave by Egyptian authorities of politically-active students from their homes, as well as the continued detainment of thousands of others since last summer.
University campuses around Egypt were overwhelmed by protests during the first week of the new academic year, amid tighter security restrictions by authorities, including gate-screening for students.
Ahmed Nassef, the spokesman for Students Against the Coup, told Anadolu Agency that security forces arrested over 235 students over the past week.
"Arrests will not deter us; we will continue in our revolutionary movement against the repressive military power until we obtain all our rights as students and achieve the goals of the revolution," Nassef said.
For his part, Abdel-Latif said the security situation at Egyptian universities in the second week of the academic year is "better than before."
"Security forces stationed outside universities are more in control, preventing any acts of rioting," he asserted.
Since last year, Egyptian authorities accuse the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails, of using student protests to destabilize the country.
The previous academic year, which began shortly after the military's ouster of Morsi and the onset of a deadly crackdown on his supporters, saw a wave of university protests that left several students killed and scores arrested.
Many students who had taken part in the protests have also been expelled.
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