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Police in Egypt fire tear gas, use water cannons to break up protest at Cairo university

Egyptian security forces have used tear gas and water cannons to disperse students and supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president after they rallied outside a Cairo university.

The supporters of toppled President Mohammed Morsi held a rally Thursday to denounce a harsh court verdict against a group of young female protesters. The protests came in defiance of a new law criminalizing protests held without police permits. Violators face fines and prison terms.

The law sparked a wave of anger among liberals and youth groups, as well as allies of the military-backed interim government. Police arrested dozens of activists after breaking up their protests Tuesday in their first use of the new law.

Egypt has been gripped by protests since a July 3 coup ousted Morsi.