Thousands of people in the Egyptian city of Port Said prevented workers from reaching factories on a second day of “civil disobedience” intended as a direct challenge to the government of Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president. (..)
Many schools and shops were closed on Monday and troops were deployed to protect businesses and government offices as protesters marched in the streets and called on civil servants to leave their offices and join them. Government departments had to shut at noon because of the unrest, according to Mohamed Fouad, one of the protesters.
He said the rallies were aimed at pressuring the authorities to appoint an independent judge to investigate last month’s violence. They also want the government to accord those killed in the clashes the status of “martyrs of the revolution” which would entitle their families to special benefits.
“The civil disobedience will last until they grant the city’s demands,” said Mr Fouad.
Workers in the local investment zone, which manufactures products for export under a special customs regime, were prevented from reaching their factories by protesters (...)
“Instead of forcing us to shut down like they did today we will show them that we are with them,” said Mr Gabr. “They have legitimate demands that have not been granted by the government and they feel they are being unjustly treated. We don’t want them to think that business is only after its own interests.”