Violent protests erupt for second day in Egypt's Port Said

March 4, 2013 18:53


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PORT SAID, Egypt - Protesters hurled petrol bombs and stones at police officers who responded by firing teargas in Egypt's Port Said on Monday, a day after deadly demonstrations in the Suez Canal city.

Violent protests have erupted in Port Said since January over the detention of dozens of people after a soccer riot in the city last year in which 70 people were killed.

On Monday, hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of a local government office to protest against the detentions and they set fire to two police cars, a witness said. The nearby headquarters of the security services was also set on fire.

Security forces fired teargas to disperse the crowds, and state news agency MENA said 35 people were injured in the clashes, including several hit by bullets.

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