Policemen disperse student sit-in in Sharqiya

Students affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood had staged a sit-in outside the Engineering Faculty to demand the release of detained classmates, 12 arrested

Policemen disperse student sit-in in Sharqiya

World Bulletin/News Desk

Twelve students were arrested on Saturday in the Zagazig University in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya after security forces dispersed their sit-in.

Students affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood had staged a sit-in outside the Engineering Faculty to demand the release of detained classmates, preventing fellow students from attending classes.

The students argue that the charges against their detained colleagues as "trumped up".

Scores of students suffered gas inhalation after policemen used teargas to disperse the sit-in.

No security officials were immediately available for comment.

Acting President of the Zagazig University Ashraf al-Shehi described the student sit-in and preventing students from attending classes as "unacceptable anarchy".

"We will not allow the campus to turn into a stage for chaos," al-Shehi told Anadolu Agency.

He said he had summoned policemen when he learned that some Muslim Brotherhood students had closed the doors of the Engineering Faculty and denied entry to students and teaching staff members.

Meanwhile, the faculty's student union blamed the university administration for allowing policemen into campus.

In a statement, the union warned students against going to the university, citing what it described as "security instability" and "security crackdown", vowing support until the release of detained students.

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