Police presence on campus necessary for education, says university head
Osama al-Abd, the president of Al-Azhar University - YOUM7/Ahmed Maarof
By RANDA EL-BANNA

CAIRO: Police presence on university campuses “is necessary for the educational process to continue, as well as to ensure the welfare of faculty and students,” Al-Azhar University head Osama el-Abd said Sunday in a phone call to al-Mehwar2 satellite channel.

Abd said he approves of Cairo University head Dr. Gaber Nassar’s decision to allow police inside Cairo University. Abd told al-Mehwar2 police forces “lacked any tools to stop violent acts,” and as a result cars belonging to professors, staff and visitors were burned during student protests.

Mansoura University head Dr. Said Abdel-Khaleq also said he approved of Nassar’s decision. “Everyone knows I called for this decision from the day protests erupted inside universities,” he said during a phone call to al-Mehwar2 Sunday.

Cairo University’s council decided unanimously to use a full security pan to secure the university, starting with allowing police forces to enter the university, ONA news agency reported Thursday. The  Council of Deans of Cairo University also requested that Giza Governor Ali Abdel Rahman remove informal public transportation, such as microbuses, and street vendors from the vicinity of the university to improve security, ONA reported.

There has been some criticism of the decision, however. Ahmed Ghoniem, spokesperson of the Students Against the Coup movement, said Wednesday’s explosions were a “play” to allow police presence inside universities and suppress student movements, according to Ikhwan Online, a Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated website.

Cairo University’s council condemned last Wednesday’s triple bombing outside the university campus during a council meeting Thursday. The council also mourned the death of Brigadier Tarek al-Mergawy, who was killed by the explosions, ONA news agency reported Thursday.

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