Egyptian youths hurl stones at police in Port Said protest

By REUTERS
March 7, 2013 20:08

PORT SAID - Protesters wearing surgical masks, scarves and hoods clashed with police wielding tear gas as violence in the Egyptian city of Port Said entered its fifth day.

The city at the northern end of the Suez Canal has been a flashpoint since January, with violent protests over death sentences given to residents in connection with a football stadium riot in which more than 70 people died last year.

Security has deteriorated in Egypt since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising two years ago, with some of the worst unrest in Port Said, an industrial city where residents complain of being marginalized.

Youths threw stones and made lewd gestures at a line of police officers who released smoke bombs into streets strewn with rubbish, television footage from pan-Arab channel al-Arabiya showed.


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