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Egyptian Protesters Defy Curfew
January 28, 2013

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Two years after the revolution that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's streets are again alive with protests. This time, the target is the new president, Mohamed Morsi, whose curfew for three Suez Canal cities was roundly ignored by critics of the new government and its new governmental framework.

Morsi had declared a state of emergency in the wake of deadly riots in Port Said following verdicts against protesters at a soccer match a year before. Ismailia, Port Said, and Suez had a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew imposed, but large numbers of protesters gathered in the streets of all three cities, as well as Cairo and Alexandria, to show their distaste for the current state of affairs. Not only is the government out of favor, the economy is trending downward, with businesses, most notably tourist-dependent ones, struggling to regain pre-revolution levels of commerce.

More than 50 people have been killed in the latest violence. Port Said police reported attacks on police stations, and the government announced that army troops had been deployed in the city, with authorization to arrest civilians.

Opposition groups refused to engage in Morsi's call for a national dialogue, which accompanied the announcement of the state of emergency. National Salvation Front leader Mohamed El-Baradei called for a mass nationwide protest on Friday.

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