Strikes Shut Down Egyptian Port City for Second Day

Hundreds of anti-government protesters have blocked central roads and work was halted for a second day in Egypt's restive coastal city of Port Said, the site of an unprecedented soccer massacre in 2012.

Pictured: Thousands of Egyptians rallied, closing down government offices and factories Port Said [AFP]
The protesters are angry over the killing of some 50 people during demonstrations last month against the death sentences for 21 people, mostly fans of the city's soccer club Al-Masry, for their part in the Feb. 1, 2012, stadium violence that killed 74.

As part of a partial general strike under way in Port Said, local government employees, port customs and small businesses were shut on Monday. The city's army-guarded university and banks remained open.

Port Said sits on the northern tip of the Suez Canal but the strikes have not disrupted shipping in the international waterway.

SOURCE: The Associated Press
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