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File photo of the Tahrir Sqaure. John Moore/Getty Images
File photo of the Tahrir Sqaure. John Moore/Getty Images

Egypt police fire teargas at pro-Morsi students in Tahrir

Sunday's demonstration was first Islamist protest at the iconic square since Mohamed Morsi's ouster by the Egypt Army on 3 July

Cairo: Police fired teargas as more than 2,000 students backing ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi entered Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demonstrate against July’s military “coup", an AFP reporter said.

Sunday’s demonstration was the first Islamist protest in the Egyptian capital’s iconic square—the epicentre of the 2011 revolt against long-ruling president Hosni Mubarak—since Morsi’s ouster by the army on 3 July.

Protesters were chanting “Down with the military regime!", “People want the fall of the regime!" and “Rabaa Rabaa", an AFP reporter said, as demonstrators flashed a four-finger sign that has become associated with a government crackdown on pro-Morsi supporters in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya square on 14 August.

Hundreds were killed that day when security forces stormed a massive sit-in of pro-Morsi supporters who had refused to leave despite repeated warnings. “We have entered Tahrir, which means the coup is going to end," a female protester told AFP in Tahrir on Sunday.

Police later dispersed the crowd with teargas and protesters fled into nearby streets, with several suffering from the effects of the teargas.

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