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    Protests in Egypt: Your experiences

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    Protests Lock Down American University in Cairo Again


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     ZingTao photographed students protesting in front of the American University in Cairo on September 20. Students were protesting for the second time for lower tuition rates and retention of scholarships. He says more than 500 students have been involved in the demonstrations.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    For the second time this week, student protestors at the American University in Cairo have barred entrance to the New Cairo campus.

    Unlike Sunday's demonstrations however, no one was permitted entry to campus early Thursday morning. Protestors arrived at approximately 4 A.M. local time to chain and lock all campus access gates, prohibiting cars, students, or staff from entering AUC premises. In a sign of solidarity, protestors stood arm-in-arm in front of the gates for good measure.

    Yet, a small minority of students was seen scaling the campus' outer perimeter walls before being chased by protestors to security check-points inside.

    Following Sunday's protests, a message from AUC President Lisa Anderson was sent out September 17th stating, "I would also like to apologize on behalf of the University to those who have been insulted, whose access to offices and classrooms has been impeded, and whose rights to hold and express their own opinions have been inhibited. This is not what AUC stands for."

    She responded to Thursday morning's protests just before 10 A.M., alerting students and staff the demonstrations had, "created a dangerous situation in the streets around the campus. Because we cannot ensure the safety and security of our community outside the campus perimeter, we are asking that faculty, students and staff not to come to campus today."

    Thursday morning's protests conclude a tumultuous week at the University. Following Sunday's demonstrations, there was an apparent security breach in AUC's technology department early Tuesday morning as well. A falsified e-mail account was created from "president@aucegypt.edu," in an attempt to impersonate President Anderson. The email’s subject of "strike" and message of "hahaha" appears to have had no real purpose than to undermine the legitimacy of the University.

    It is clear AUC's message to students that "swift action will be taken against all perpetrators" following Sunday's protests had no real effect. It appears an agreement between AUC students and the administration will need to be reached before the situation completely spirals out of control.
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