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Funeral takes place in Cairo for student protester killed by police

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 00:56

Nov. 29 - Hundreds attend funeral for Cairo University student Mohamed Rida, who was killed by police during a protest. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The funeral was held on Friday for a Cairo University student killed by police during clashes with protesters the day before. First year engineering student Mohamed Rida was reportedly killed as police dispersed the protest by hundreds of university students using water cannon, tear gas and gunshots. The students, many of them supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, were protesting against harsh new restrictions on the right to protest recently adopted by the military-backed interim government that ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. Many of them were particularly incensed by harsh severe prison sentences handed down to female protesters in Alexandria on Wednesday. An Alexandria court jailed 14 women for 11 years for obstructing traffic during a protest by supporters of Mursi that took place late last month. Seven others under the age of 18 were sent to a juvenile prison. Hundreds of mourners gathered at the El Sayeda Nafisa mosque in Old Cairo on Friday to march in Rida's funeral procession, with many of them chanting that Rida had died as a 'martyr' for the cause of freedom. A recently adopted law places severe restrictions on the right of Egyptians to demonstrate and has led to daily protests in opposition by liberal activists as well as Mursi supporters. Mursi was ousted by the military in July, following mass protests against him. A harsh crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood has followed, killing more than 1,000 protesters and leading to the imprisonment of thousands.

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Funeral takes place in Cairo for student protester killed by police

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 00:56