Marches swept Port Said early Sunday morning responding to a call for civil disobedience in the governorate.
Ultras Green Eagles, fans of Al-Masry football club in Port Said, had called for a civil disobedience over the “injustice” against residents in the governorate.
Marches started at 8am in front of the governorate building, continued passed the 20 Customs Gate and Port Said Port Authority, and marched inside the free industrial zone.
“Employees are joining the protests in Port Said, we are walking to one institution after the other, we chant and people join,” the Green Eagles stated on their Facebook Page. “The majority of school students have also joined in their uniforms.”
The protesters’ are demanding retribution for those who killed protesters during 26 January clashes and similar treatment for Port Said martyrs as the Revolution martyrs.
Protesters also chanted against Morsi and his policies, blaming him for politicising events in Port Said.
They also demanded reopening the investigation into violent clashes that followed a football match between Al-Ahly and Al-Masry football clubs that led to the deaths of 74 people in February 2012.
Violence erupted when Port Said Criminal Court sentenced 21 people to death on 26 January. Port Said residents claim they are being used as scapegoats by the government instead of holding the interior ministry and the Supreme Council of Armed Forces responsible.
“The marches are all by the people with no participation from political parties or movements,” said Mahmoud Qandil, an accountant and one of the protesters.
He added that the Revolutionary Socialists were the only political movement present and only because a member of the movement, Ahmed Samy was killed during the 26 January clashes.
“There are no clashes with the army, and the police are nowhere to be seen around the governorate,” Qandil said.
The local means of transportation have halted and factories are expected to close down as part of the civil disobedience.