Egyptian security forces have clashed with university students protesting in Cairo against the prison sentences handed down to three leading figures in the 2011 demonstrations against former President Hosni Mubarak.
Ains Shams University witnessed violent scenes as riot police used tear gas to prevent the demonstrators from reaching the nearby Defence Ministry.
The European Union has urged Egypt to reconsider the court decision saying it excessively limits freedom of expression and assembly in the country.
Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohammed Adel, were condemned to three years in jail for breaking a new law passed by Cairo’s military-backed government in November that requires authorisation for any demonstration. The three men were also sentenced for assaulting the police in protests against the very same law that has resulted in their imprisonment.