“Ain Shams bans “New Vision” club from the law and art colleges,” Al Sha’ab (Egypt), April 15th 2013

عين شمس” تشطب أسرة “نيوفيجن” من كليات الحقوق والآداب

شطبت إدارة جامعة عين شمس أسرة “نيوفيجن” في كل من كلية الحقوق والآداب بناء على قرار مجلس إدارة اتحاد طلاب الجامعة نتيجة للاشتباكات التي شهدها الحرم الرئيسي للجامعة في مسيرة أمس الأحد لرفض العنف.

وأعلنت الجامعة في بيان صحفي أصدرته مساء اليوم الاثنين، أنه تحويل الطلاب المتورطين في أحداث العنف الى التحقيق لإحالتهم إلى مجالس التأديب بعد التحقيق.

كما تم التفاوض مع الجهة المتعاقد معها لمشروع البوابات الالكترونية والكاميرات وتعهدت بتركيب البوابات كمرحلة أولى خلال شهر من الاثنين.

وأضاف البيان أنه جارى دراسة التعاقد مع شركة أمن خاص لتدعيم الأمن الجامعي منوها عن تدعيم الأمن الجامعي بـ 50 فردا نقلاً من الدفاع المدني بالجامعة كإجراء سريع لحين إتمام التعاقد مع شركة الأمن الخاصة. وأكدت الجامعة انتظام الدراسة في جميع الكليات سواء بالحرم الرئيسي أو في باقي الكليات والمعاهد.

http://www.elshaab.org/thread.php?ID=57162

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Translation

“Ain Shams bans “New Vision” club from the law and art colleges”

Al Sha’ab (The People, Egypt)

15th April 2013

The “Ain Shams” university administration have written off in full the “New Vision” club from the schools of law and art building on a decision made by the Council of Union of University Students as a result of clashes at an anti-violence march  on the main University campus yesterday on Sunday.

The university announced in press statement issued Monday evening, that transfer students involved in the violent events will be investigated and referred to the Disciplinary Council after the investigation.

The University has also been negotiating with contractors on “an electronic gates and camera project” and pledged the installment of the gates as a “first step” during the month from Monday.

In addition, the statement said that it was in the process of contracting with a private security company to strengthen university security and was alluding to strengthen university security with 50 civilian-defence personnel as a short term measure until the completion of the private security company contract.

The  university confirmed the continuity of regular studies at all colleges,  both at the main campus and other institutes.

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Comments:

It’s a shame the article doesn’t go into further detail, as this story has some underlying elements which make it all the more interesting

The ‘end to thuggery’ march, as it was dubbed, was lobbying for  greater campus security, which ultimately became a self-fulfilling prophecy when they got attacked. Attacks on such rallies have occurred before. Although that leads one to ask why? What is the motive?

There has been a continuous talk of ‘thuggery’ in Egypt after the overthrow of Mubarak – ‘thuggery’ in the streets, in the universities, at the pyramids etc. An easy explanation for this, is the lack of centralized institutions, which makes crime easier to get away with. In such an environment, many would take the chance to try and get out of poverty, or into power, or both. M. Maziad shares some interesting thoughts on the role of social class in the Egyptian revolution here.

However, there are also claims from the students that the university is in collusion with these so-called ‘thugs’, and have been so even before the revolution. Gharib Mahmoud, founder of New Vision, is claimed to be affiliated with State Security under Mubarak and currently under Morsi. Several members of New Vision hold several of the Faculty of Law’s student union seats.

The following is purely a hypothesis based on poli sci assumptions.

Why would Ain Shams be colluding with ‘thugs’?

– As we known, there has been little-to-no rearrangement of the police forces, despite their instigating-role of the revolution following the killing of Said Khalid. In the wake of growing opposition ‘thugs’ were “deputized” by state security apparatus and formed into militias as a method of increasing the repression on activists, students and citizens. This is common procedure – the 2009 Iranian revolution saw a similar occurrence. Universities are hubs for dissent, therefore it seems logical to place these groups into a college setting, whereby they can influence the larger student body by the means of propaganda and fear.

Whether the university administration colludes with them or not is uncertain. They could have been bought or threatened, or perhaps university elites have negotiated an ‘arrangement’ to permit their presence for increased status and influence on their part. To answer this question would require access to some privileged information, to say the least.

Footage of the march:

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