28 January 2013

Egypt: Thousands March to Defy Curfew in Suez

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Around 3,000 protesters in Suez organised on Monday night a protest to march from al-Arba'een Square to al-Geish Street to demand ending the 30-day curfew President Mohamed Mursi has imposed on three Suez Canal cities.

Mursi on Sunday declared a state of emergency on Port Said, Suez, and Ismailia for 30-days.

Army forces deployed their troops in these cities.

Prime Minister Hisham Kandil's cabinet earlier today approved a draft law that gives the military the authority to arrest citizens.

Protesters waved the flags of Egypt and Suez and chanted slogans that call for toppling Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood, an Aswat Masriya witness said.

The protesters said they will not stop demonstrating until "the regime is overthrown", the witness added.

"The army will not impose a curfew; the people of Suez will impose a curfew on themselves if they are in danger so that army forces may arrest the outlaws," Major General Osama Askar, leader of the third field army, stated.

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