Tear gas fired to disperse pro-Mursi protesters in Cairo

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Egyptian security forces on Monday fired tear gas to disperse students protesting in support of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Mursi, security officials said.

The protesters marched outside the campus of Al-Azhar University in Cairo and blocked a main road as they chanted against the military that ousted Mursi in July.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, as police fired tear gas and birdshot to disperse the students.

Pressed by police at every turn, Egypt’s Islamists have turned universities into protest hubs to galvanize their flagging movement four months after Mursi was toppled.

Demonstrations took place last week at the universities of Al-Azhar and Cairo, where scuffles broke out between supporters and opponents of Mursi.

Islamists who reject the military-installed government have regularly staged protests against the army, which ousted Mursi on July 3 after millions took to the streets demanding his resignation.

More than 1,000 people, mostly Mursi’s backers, were killed in clashes in an ensuing crackdown on the former president's Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Another 2,000 people, mostly Islamists, have been detained.

Mursi, held at an unknown location since his removal, is to stand trial next month over deadly clashes between his supporters and opponents outside the presidential palace in December 2012.