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Egypt: Tear Gas, Water Cannons Fired at Pro-Brotherhood Protest

300 students block road near Defense Ministry; Egyptian army responds with anti-rioting measures.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 1/1/2014, 5:31 PM

Protest against the military in front of Cairo University
Protest against the military in front of Cairo University
Reuters

Egyptian officials continued their crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood Wednesday, firing tear gas and water cannons at a student demonstration in Cairo. 

Egyptian state media reported that about 300 pro-Brotherhood students blocked a road near the Defense Ministry, chanting anti-police and anti-government slogans. When the protesters refused to move, anti-rioting tactics were used, officials say - including tear gas and water cannons. 

Police also fired tear gas on student protesters from the state's main university in the Nile Delta city of Zakazik, the hometown of ousted President and Brotherhood member Mohammed Morsi, according to Reuters. Hundreds of protesters have been killed since Morsi's ouster in July - many of them students

Last week, the Egyptian government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terror organization, sparking new tensions between the military and the Brotherhood's supporters. The government has been engaging in a wide-ranging crackdown on Brotherhood members and supporters.

This week has been particularly tumultuous. Earlier Wednesday, Egyptian officials seized the assets of at least 500 Brotherhood leaders. On Monday, 3 Al-Jazeera journalists were arrested on charges of meeting with Brotherhood officials.