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Protesters defy night-time curfews in Egypt canal cities

Published on Jan 29, 2013 5:57 AM

CAIRO (AFP) - Thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Egypt's three Suez Canal cities on Monday night in defiance of a night-time curfew imposed by President Mohamed Mursi after dozens were killed in clashes with police.

Witnesses said protesters took to the streets of Port Said, Ismailiya and Suez City as the 9pm (3am Singapore time) curfew went into effect to stage "breaking the curfew" demonstrations.

The protesters chanted slogans against Islamist rule in Egypt, "Fall, Fall the rule of the guide (of the Muslim Brotherhood), referring to Mr Mursi who hails from the Brotherhood.

Mahmud Abu al-Majd, who spoke to AFP on the phone from Port Said, said: "We are on the streets because no one can impose their will on us. We won't bow to the government." In Ismailiya, witnesses said the protesters decided to hold football matches on the streets as part of their protests.

An Egyptian protester wearing glasses for protection attends a demonstration near Cairo's Tahrir Square on Jan 28, 2013. Egypt's main opposition bloc rejected an invitation by President Mohamed Mursi for talks on the violence and political turmoil sweeping the country and instead called for fresh mass demonstrations. -- PHOTO: AFP
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