University protests continue for removal of academic leaders

Protests continued at several Egyptian universities on Tuesday demanding the removal of incumbent academic leaders loyal to the regime of deposed President Hosni Mubarak.

Removal of Mubarak regime loyalists from top academic positions has been a key demand for Egypt's revolutionaries.

In Cairo, Ain Shams University students staged a demonstration for the removal of University President Maged al-Deeb.

In Gharbiya Governorate, more than 3000 students and teachers at Tanta University protested for the second time this week, demanding the resignation of University President Hala Fouad and calling for fair academic elections.

Staffers at Kafr al-Sheikh University also demanded filling academic positions through elections.

Meanwhile, hundreds of teachers at Assiut University entered the fourth day of their strike, demanding president Mostafa Kamel's resignation, along with other old deans and administrative officials. The strike brought studies and classes to a halt.

In Alexandria, Alexandria University President Hend Hefny referred two striking professors for investigation, accusing them of violating academic regulations and instigating strikes. Teachers and representatives of 17 student unions have declared an open-ended strike to begin Tuesday, until Mubarak-era leaders are removed.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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