November 29, 2014 / 7:19 PM / 4 years ago

Egyptian security forces fire tear gas and birdshot to disperse protesters-witness

An anti-Mubarak protester reacts after hearing the verdict of the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak outside a police academy on the outskirts of Cairo November 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces fired tear gas and birdshot and used water hoses to disperse protesters in downtown Cairo who had gathered to protest against a court’s dropping of a case against former President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday, a Reuters witness said.

Around 1000 protesters were gathered near Tahrir Square and had been chanting “down with the military regime!” and slogans against Mubarak and President Abdelfattah al-Sisi.

A court had dropped a case against Mubarak in connection with the deaths of 239 demonstrators in demonstrations in 2011.

Reporting By Maggie Fick; editing by Ralph Boulton

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