Supporters of ousted President Mursi clash with police
Monday, July 15, 2013 - 00:53
July 15 - Egyptian police fire tear gas in central Cairo after scuffles break out between supporters of ousted Islamist president Mursi and locals. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Police fired tear gas in central Cairo on Monday night when protesters calling for the reinstatement of the ousted Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, scuffled with drivers and passers-by annoyed that they had blocked major roads.
Supporters of Mursi, Egypt's first freely elected president, threw rocks at police near Ramses Street, one of the capital's main thoroughfares, and on the Sixth of October Bridge over the Nile in the first outbreak of violence in Egypt in a week.
While smaller in scale and more localized than previous clashes since Mursi was deposed by the military on July 3, scenes of running street battles will raise further concerns over stability in the Arab world's most populous country.
The clashes came as the first senior U.S. official to visit Egypt since Mursi was toppled was snubbed by both Islamists and their opponents.
Large crowds mobilized by Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood movement gathered at various points in the city, including outside the Rabaa Adawiya mosque where they have held a three-week vigil, and at Cairo University.
The army warned demonstrators on Monday that it would respond with "the utmost severity and firmness and force" if they approached military bases.
At least 92 people were killed in the days after Mursi was toppled, more than half of them shot by troops outside a barracks near the mosque a week ago.
Protests since then had been tense but peaceful until Monday evening's developments.
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