Egypt police use tear gas against Islamist protesters

Egypt police use tear gas against Islamist protesters
Cairo University students supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans at the university's campus in Cairo December 29, 2013.

CAIRO - Police fired tear gas as clashes erupted in Cairo after Friday prayers when supporters of Mohamed Mursi protested ahead of a new court appearance by the deposed Islamist president.

Clashes took place in the districts of Nasr City, the upscale southern suburb of Maadi and in Giza, AFP correspondents and security officials said.

In Giza, protesters torched a police vehicle using petrol bombs, a security official said. State media said residents extinguished the fire.

In Maadi, police fired tear gas near a military hospital as protesters threw fireworks at them, an AFP reporter said.

He said protesters clashed with the police on a road along the Nile river and also inside the suburb.

The surface was littered with rocks and burning wood as police vehicles sped along the road to disperse the protesters.

However, the demonstrators regrouped in a side street, facing off with riot police and chanting "They are the thugs!"

Some protesters threw stones, the reporter added.

The stand-off ended as police fired shotguns at protesters and chased them, one officer shouting" "Make them run like chickens!"

In an eastern neighbourhood of Cairo, police also used tear gas against thousands of Morsi supporters who burnt tyres and threw fireworks at security forces, another AFP correspondent said.

Gunshots were also heard.

Protesters chanted "Down with military rule" and slogans against army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, who led Mursi's ouster in July.

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