Pro-Mursi Protesters Defy Ban, Enter Tahrir Square

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Police have used heavy tear gas to clear hundreds of supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president from Cairo's famed Tahrir square shortly after they entered and took over the plaza.

Pro-Mursi Protesters Defy Ban, Enter Tahrir Square

The development, late Sunday afternoon, was the first time in more than a year that supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi entered the square in significant numbers.

The location has been the near exclusive domain of liberal and secular protesters since shortly after Mohamed Mursi took office in June 2012.

The square was the birthplace of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. 

Sunday's Islamist protesters came from Cairo University, where they have been protesting the death of an engineering student at the hands of police, AP reported.

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