Day of "civil disobedience" in Port Said leaves city at a standstill

Published February 18th, 2013 - 07:05 GMT
Egyptians rally on Sunday, closing down government offices and factories in the Suez Canal city of Port Said. (AFP PHOTO/STR)
Egyptians rally on Sunday, closing down government offices and factories in the Suez Canal city of Port Said. (AFP PHOTO/STR)

Thousands of demonstrators in Port Said took to the streets on Sunday to protest the death sentences handed down to local football fans, forcing the city to grind to a halt, Al Jazeera reported on Monday.

The protestors, who are unhappy about the sentencing of those involved in the riots last year that killed more than 70 people, blocked the harbour and the entrances to state offices. 

Hardcore football fans of Port Said's al-Masry club called for the day of "civil disobedience" on Sunday. The Port Said protests mark a continued deterioration of security in Egypt, where demonstrations have spread across the country calling for the downfall of President Mohamed Morsi.

The latest cycle of unrest began at the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, which saw protestors oust ex-dictator Hosni Mubarak from two decades in office. 

 


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