Mansoura University clashes leave 12 injured

Mansoura University clashes between members of the Free Islamic Movement and other students left 12 injured Tuesday, four of whom reported being shot. The rest suffered bruises and abrasions. A bus belonging to FIM was also damaged in the fights.

In response, the university's President Sayyed Abd el-Khaleq announced the campus will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday with the exception of students taking exams, reported state-run Al-Ahram newspaper.

According to reports, students, who were also FIM members, were bused to the campus, wearing T-shirts that read “Neither Brotherhood nor Salafis, we are young people who love religion.”

They soon surrounded the main administration building and president’s office, keeping staff hostage and demanding the dismissal of the president, who they claimed was corrupt.

They also demanded the resignation of the student hospital director and results from an investigation of a doctor accused of killing a student after running her over with her car.

The protest drew the ire of other students, who attacked the group using bricks and bladed weapons. The fight spread outside the campus.

Police arrived two hours after the fight broke out and dispersed crowds by firing into the air.

Eyewitnesses said the FIM students were armed with shotguns.  

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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