Egyptian police disperse anti-government rally

Egyptian police disperse anti-government rally

Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:21PM GMT

At least two people have been severely injured after Egyptian security forces stormed a university campus in the city of Beni Suef to disperse a pro-Muslim Brotherhood rally.

Police forces detained at least seven students for allegedly inciting violence during the Sunday protest in the city, some 100 kilometers south of the capital Cairo.

The students have been protesting the detention of their colleagues and a nationwide crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.

Egyptian universities including al-Azhar and Cairo have become the main protest sites since the ouster of the country’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in July 2013.

The government of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has recently ratified a law that treats every public facility in Egypt just like the military.

The law even threatens university students with military trials if they damage campus structure or properties or disrupt educational programs by staging protests.

Rights groups say the army’s crackdown on Morsi’s supporters has left over 1,400 people dead and 22,000 arrested, while some 200 people have been sentenced to death in mass trials.

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