Supporters and opponents of Egypt's president clash in south, forcing him to cut visit short

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Associated Press

Posted on March 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 16 at 12:03 PM

CAIRO (AP) — Police have fired tear gas to disperse thousands of supports and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi during clashes over his visit to a southern Egyptian city.

Morsi was in Sohag on Saturday to launch a housing project and new education complex when thousands of protesters tried to storm the hall where he was meeting with officials.

Supporters of Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, chanted inside a hall where he delivered a speech, saying they would sacrifice their lives in support of the president.

Proponents and opponents clashed outside the hall, prompting police to fire tear gas to break up the two sides.

The state-run Ahram news website said student protests and a boycott by professors forced Morsi to cancel his visit to the university in Sohag.

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