CAIRO (AP) — One protester is dead and a building burned after riot police moved into Egypt's main Islamic university today, claiming that striking students were disrupting end-of-term exams.
University professors and security officials accused protesting students of blocking entrances to classes and harassing students as they made their way into the campus. Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi have called for an exam boycott but deny claims that they threatened students trying to take their exams.
Egypt's minister of higher education says authorities will go after those he says are financing non-peaceful protests on campuses, pointing a finger at the Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.
The government is intensifying its crackdown on Brotherhood and Morsi supporters ahead of a Jan. 14-15 constitutional referendum they see as a milestone in the transition plan. Authorities fear Morsi supporters will seek to derail the key vote, through protests or by violent means.
117-c-08-(Mariam Rizk (risk), AP correspondent)-"put on fire"-AP correspondent Mariam Rizk reports a student was killed during protests at Egypt's main Islamic university. (28 Dec 2013)
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118-c-08-(Mariam Rizk (risk), AP correspondent)-"students initiated violence"-AP correspondent Mariam Rizk reports each side blames the other for the death of the student who was killed during protests. (28 Dec 2013)
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APPHOTO CAI104: Firemen put out a fire inside the Faculty of Commerce, that was started after a student was killed under disputed circumstances during clashes, at al-Azhar University, in the Nasr City suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. Al-Azhar students have been protesting for weeks against the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood-- a group that Egyptian authorities designated a terrorist organization. (AP Photo/Ahmed Ramadan) (1 Jan 2000)
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