CAIRO: A student member of the Shabab April 6 group (April 6 Youth) was briefly detained Monday while handing out leaflets on a university campus.
Ahmed Samir, a first year student of Arabic at Ain Shams University, Cairo, was detained on the university campus yesterday morning.
“He and a group of others were handing out leaflets to students about university tuition fees, and a business agreement reached between the university and a telecommunications company according to which students will dial a number to find out their university results, Bassem Fathy, a member of Shabab April 6 told Daily News Egypt.
“We are opposed to this because it s a business deal and a form of privatization, Fathy continued.
According to Fathy, Samir was detained by security officers while discussing these issues with other students in a lecture hall and taken to the university s security office.
He was then taken to the office of the deputy dean of the faculty of humanities before being released.
Various forms of university activity including student political activism is, students and professors allege, controlled and censored by interior ministry police forces stationed on campus.
A November 2008 an administrative court ruling which found that the presence of interior ministry forces on the Cairo University campus is unconstitutional, was overruled on appeal earlier this year.