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Egyptian police fire tear gas at student protesters in Cairo

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 00:48

Dec. 16 - University students, including supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, march on defense ministry throwing stones at police. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Scores of students marched from a university in Cairo on Monday to the country's defense ministry, where they clashed with police who fired tear gas to disperse them. The students were said to be mainly supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi, whose supporters have staged near daily demonstrations since he was removed by the army in July. Protesters burned tires and threw stones, and several were treated for tear gas inhalation during the clashes in Cairo's Abbasiya neighborhood, which houses the defense ministry and other government buildings. Egypt's interim government and security forces have struggled to assert control over the protests on university campuses throughout the country over the past few weeks. While the protests have mainly been driven by Mursi supporters, other students have joined in solidarity, many of them angered by a restrictive new protest law and mass arrests of activists. Mursi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was removed by the army after mass protests against him in July. The interim government then carried out a severe crackdown on his supporters and the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that backed him. Hundreds of Mursi supporters were killed in August and September when security forces cleared two large sit-ins by force, and opened fire on demonstrators.

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Egyptian police fire tear gas at student protesters in Cairo

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 00:48