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Update: Calls for Civil disobedience in Port Said

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Massive marches by the Green Eagles joined by employees and students

Marches had swept Port Said early on Sunday morning responding to a call for civil disobedience in the governorate. (Photo by Chetos)

Marches had swept Port Said early on Sunday morning responding to a call for civil disobedience in the governorate.
(Photo by Chetos)

The railways connecting Port Said with other cities are working again after protesters stopped them for an hour and a half.

Port Said Railway Station Observer Abdo Ali said the protesters stopped the trains at 10:30 am for 90 minutes before trains began to run again.

Marches had swept Port Said early on 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 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.

Women and girls blocked the main streets as protesters marched towards the Suez Canal Authority and the Investment Authority.

“Employees are joining the protests in Port Said; we are walking to one institution after the other. We chant and people join us,” the Green Eagles stated on their Facebook page. “The majority of school students have also joined in their uniforms.”

The protesters are demanding justice for protesters killed during 26 January clashes, and that Port Said ‘martyrs’ should be treated similarly to those who died in the Revolution.

Protesters also chanted against Morsi and his policies, blaming him for politicising events in Port Said.

They also demanded reopened investigations into violent clashes that followed a football match between Al-Ahly and Al-Masry football clubs and 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 the Armed Forces responsible.

More than 30 people died in the clashes that followed the verdict; the rest of the defendants will be tried on 9 March.

“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 were there 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.

Local means of transportation have been halted and factories are expected to close down as part of the civil disobedience.

There are calls by political groups for afternoon protests in Cairo in solidarity with the Port Said civil disobedience movement.


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