Protests paralyze factories in Suez Canal city

February 19, 2013 18:48

CAIRO - Thousands of Egyptian workers joined a protest wave in Port Said on Tuesday, paralyzing factory production in the Suez Canal city despite President Mohamed Morsi's efforts to soothe unrest by acting to restore its free port status.

Witnesses said at least 10,000 people took part in the third day of demonstrations to demand justice for dozens of people killed during rioting in the Mediterranean port last month.

Unrest flared in Port Said after death sentences were given to 21 fans of its al-Masry soccer club for involvement in a stadium disaster a year ago when more than 70 people died.

Tuesday's day of "civil disobedience", called by hardcore al-Masry supporters, had a much greater impact on the local economy than the previous two days. Factory production was halted in the city's investment zone and schools were empty, with many teachers and students joining the protests.

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