Egypt: Univ. Professors Protest Assaults On Students By Outsiders

A host of universities teaching staff members as well as the March 9 Group staged a march of protest on November 29,2006, at the Faculty of Law, Ein Shams University. This faculty witnessed assaults by outsider hooligans, about 200 in number, whom the university administration hired late last week to assault Muslim Brotherhood students. The assaults led to the injury of about 15 MB students. The professors walked round the university headed by Dr. Abdul Wahhab Al Messairy , Dr. Essam Hashish, Dr. Mohammed Abul Ghar, Dr. Aida Saif Al Dawla,  Dr. Magdy Korkor, Dr. Medhat Assem, Dr. Yahya el Kazzaz and Dr. Mohammed Sharaf, as well as scores of university students led by student Amr Hamed the secretary general of the recently formed Free Student Union. This  Union was  crafted by students as a substitute for the government student union where regime backed students won unopposed in a bogus election. Dr. Al Messairy assured that the protestors condemn the university allowing a gang of hooligans into its compass. He depicted this as a sign of deterioration of society’s construct of values and principles, calling on all the educated elite to take a course of action toward this collapse of morals.” It seems that many people have come to accept injustice, but we are here to remind them that by this march of protest we mean to show our dissatisfaction with all forms of injustice’, he said. On the experiment of the Free Student Union, Al Messairy said that it is one of the democratic means, pointing out that it was monitored by professors of law. He lamented the way used by the state in handling the issue, saying that it was supposed to responded through dialogue, seeing what happened as a bad omen to the entire society. Several other professors voiced their outrage over the incident. ” All disputes could have been ironed out through friendly debates between professors and students”, said Dr. Mohamed Abul Ghar, who hastened to say that they are not here to support a party versus another, but to protest hooliganism and the ensuing regrettable incidents. On his part, Dr.Magdy Korkor assured that the professors participated this march of protest to stand by their students in the face of government and student hooliganism which has become on the rife in universities in general and Ein Shams in particular.” These happenings illustrate that the regime opinionates to consolidate its power through force after it has failed through ballot boxes”, he said