Hundreds defy Egyptian curfew to rally against president

Monday 28-01-2013 09:29 PM
Hundreds defy Egyptian curfew to rally against president

Mourners hold a banner as they attend the funeral of Port Said protesters killed in violence following the pronouncement of the final verdict of the 2012 Port Said stadium disaster massacre, in Port Said January 27, 2013. The banner reads, "Port Said mourns martyrs rule of El Murshed". REUTERS/Stringer


CAIRO, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Hundreds of anti-government protesters took to the streets of the Egyptian cities of Port Said, Ismailia and Suez late on Monday in defiance of President Mohamed Mursi's declaration of a curfew and a state of emergency after days of deadly unrest.

The crowds shouted "Down down with Mohamed Mursi, down down with the state of emergency," in Ismailia and similar slogans were heard in the other cities along the Suez Canal.

Around 50 Egyptians have been killed in clashes between protesters and police. Most of the deaths happened in Port Said and Suez and Mursi declared a curfew in the three canal cities from 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) to 6 a.m. (0400 GMT). (Reporting by Yusri Mohamed in Ismailia and Yasmine Saleh in Cairo, writing by Yasmine Saleh; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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