Video Duration 25 minutes 25 seconds
From: Inside Story

Can Egyptian police silence angry students?

A number of arrests have followed renewed protests at universities.

Ahead of the new academic year, Egyptian authorities intensified security measures at universities nationwide to prevent the resurgence of student protests.

This year, government officials warned that renewed protests would not be tolerated on campuses, enacting new regulations curbing student activities. Authorities hired a private security firm to search students, and install metal detectors and cameras around campuses.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has himself warned students not to be involved in what he described as malicious activities. He said those activities seek to destabilise the country.

But is the security approach the answer to the anger among so many students?

Presenter: Mike Hanna


Adel Darwish – a political editor of Middle East Magazine.

Youssef Salhen – a spokesperson for the “Students Against the Coup” movement.

Mahjoob Zweiri – a professor of contemporary Middle East history at Qatar University.