8 February 2013

Egypt: Mass Protest in Port Said Amid Calls for Civil Disobedience

Thousands on Friday took part in mass protests in Port Said against President Mohamed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood to topple Mursi's rule and demand justice for those who fell victim to the violence Port Said witnessed during January.

Several marches from mosques all over Port Said gathered at Port Said Stadium.

A number of parties and revolutionary powers as well as al-Masry football club fans participated in the marches.

The demonstrators carried posters for several victims of the violent clashes that occurred in Port Said last month and waved flags for what they called the "Independent State of Port Said".

They demanded the independence of Port Said and condemned what they called the non-recognition of the city's residents who were victims during the violence.

Scores of Port Said residents were killed last January following a court ruling sentencing 21 defendants to death on January 26.

Popular currents in the city called for a civil disobedience in governmental bodies and urged people to not pay electricity and gas bills until the state gives Port Said its stolen right.

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