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Anti-government Protesters Clash With Police in Cairo

A man stands outside a faculty building at Cairo's Al-Azhar University after students stormed it on December 28, 2013.A man stands outside a faculty building at Cairo's Al-Azhar University after students stormed it on December 28, 2013.
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A man stands outside a faculty building at Cairo's Al-Azhar University after students stormed it on December 28, 2013.
A man stands outside a faculty building at Cairo's Al-Azhar University after students stormed it on December 28, 2013.
Edward Yeranian
Anti-government protesters, including supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, allegedly set fire to at least one building at Egypt's venerable Azhar University Saturday.

According to reports by Reuters news agency and state media,

Workers used fire extinguishers to douse a blaze inside an office at the Azhar University School of Commerce Saturday. The facade of the structure and at least half a dozen offices were gutted by fires that appeared to have been deliberately set.

​Police arrested at least 60 alleged Islamists after the fire.

The dean of the school of commerce tries to assure students that exams will go ahead as scheduled.

Witnesses, however, say the fires forced their cancellation at the school of commerce, although exams in other departments have continued.

Some students loyal to former President Mohamed Morsi have called for a boycott of exams this month at Azhar University and have frequently protested on the campus.

Saturday, police fired tear gas at protesters on the campus. An interior ministry spokesman told state TV that police were trying to prevent anyone from disrupting exams.  

He urges students to respect exam schedules and head directly to their assigned exam rooms. He stresses that police are trying to protect the exam process and maintain order.

The head of the Islamist Salafi Nour Party, Younes Makhnoun, told the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV that the Muslim Brotherhood is “resorting to violence at the university level, because they have lost the support of the people and have few cards left to play.” His group no longer supports the Brotherhood.

Makhnoun accused the Brotherhood of trying "to scuttle the constitutional referendum because if there is a majority 'yes' vote, it will officially de-legitimize their own ousted government.”

Former Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, who heads the committee that drafted the new constitution, urged young people Saturday to turn out for the referendum sheduled for January 14 and 15.

He tells them to vote in numbers to approve the constitution by the highest possible margin, so that the political transition can go ahead, allowing the election of a new president and parliament. This, he says, will allow Egypt to overcome the current conflict.

Egypt's army-installed interim government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a “terrorist organization” this past week. That allows police to arrest its supporters participating in protests or those who finance operations of the group.

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by: Dr. Francine F. from: USA
December 28, 2013 4:43 PM
I have been observing the Muslim and Islamic carnage in the Middle East for most of my adult life (I am 68 - with two sons who served in the Marines). and it seems to me that what we need in the Middle East is more like Israel... we (US) should not constrain Israel into these stupid confines of constricted borders... that will asure their destruction - but have them expand throughout the Middle East... as much as possible... here we have a nation of Laws, a nation of scholars, a nation of innovation in all fields of human endeavor, a nation whose scientists and engineers contribute enormously to the benefit of everybody in the world - and what do we do... we restrict it. WHY???
Obama is sending his stooge again... what for...?? what "peace"??? Arab (Islamic) depravity forbids them peace with anyone... just look what they do to each other...

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by: ali baba from: new york
December 28, 2013 6:46 PM
all terrorist organization are connected .whether in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt ,Afghanistan and Pakistan/ they have the same aim and pursuit the same goal. the west has dismantle all of them to save the world from their evil

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by: Veronique Hussein from: Canada
December 28, 2013 6:11 PM
with all respect to you, i don't think this will ever work. You see, i lived for 5 years in Lebanon and you have no idea of the fear that is propagated by Islam. I had to pay "taxes" to Hezbullah, and you know what happened to people who did not pay or payed late or payed less than what was demanded from them..?? their children were kidnapped tortured, raped and mutilated. you just have no idea what it is to live your life under an Iranian terrorist organization...


by: ali baba from: new york
December 28, 2013 4:08 PM
The Egyptian Gov. has to take any necessary measure to protect the country and keep it safe. Muslim brotherhood is a terrorist organization. it is part of international terrorist organization and it is well organize . It is well finance. Muslim Brotherhood aim is seize the power again even the country is totally destroyed. They use the money to lure poor people to participate in their terrorism activities, they use woman to offer themselves For jihadist to improve the their morale. it is obvious that Muslim brotherhood Has no principle or manner

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