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Civil disobedience in Port Said enters seventh day

Civil disobedience in Port Said enters seventh day | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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The workers in Port Said's marine shipyard, the employees of transport companies and the management of the Suez Canal Movement Authority, all declared on Saturday, the seventh day of civil disobedience, that they will join the disobedience, saying they will not be secluded from the demands of the people of Port Said.

An Aswat Masriya eyewitness said that civilians closed all the customs ports and prevented the entry and exit of all cars except for the ambulances.

The witness added that the Head of Port Said's First Instance Court, Amgad Abu State, decided to suspend the work of the court (sessions and administrators) for an indefinite period. The Courts of the State Council and the Courts of Appeal will continue to operate normally though.

The protesters have also stopped all vehicles transporting passengers between the governorates, to protest stealing one of the cars that belong to Port Said in Ramses station of Cairo and writing slurs against the people of Port Said on it.  Yet the road was opened after the Armed Forces intervened to negotiate with the protesters.

On Sunday, hundreds of residents started a civil disobedience, demanding justice and an apology from the president and his administration for what they believe is negligence of their demands.

Forty-two people were killed when violence erupted in Port Said at the end of January when relatives of defendants sentenced to death for involvement in football riots that killed over 70 people last February clashed with police.

To calm tensions, Mursi referred a new draft law to the country's legislature to restore the free-zone policy in Port Said on Tuesday. He had also promised to allocate 400 million Egyptian pounds from the Suez Canal revenues to developing the three Canal cities (Port Said, Ismailia and Suez).

In an attempt to contain the violence, the president had declared a state of emergency in the three coastal governorates, including a curfew.

Eighty percent of schools in Port Said have suspended their classes where attendance is at 50 percent while many markets are closed and streets are empty.

 

This content is from :Aswat Masriya  
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Covering all the angles of Port Said's civil disobedience

Covering all the angles of Port Said's civil disobedience | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Numerous portrayals of the ongoing civil disobedience in Port Said dominate Thursday’s press. State-owned newspapers underlined the heavy financial losses the busy port city is suffering as a result of strike action, while their independent counterparts highlight the state’s failure to contain the situation.

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S.O.S.

S.O.S. | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Portsaid protesters put SOS signs on balloons in front of Suez canal as a message to the world ..Photo Mohamed Abd el ghani (cairoToday)

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Égypte : Des forces politiques appellent à une “révolte civile” dans plusieurs provinces

Égypte : Des forces politiques appellent à une “révolte civile” dans plusieurs provinces | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Des centaines de manifestants se sont rassemblés hier à El-Ismaïlia dans le cadre d'une "révolte civile" lancée par des forces politiques, tandis que des mouvements révolutionnaires appellent à des mouvements de protestation dans cinq autres provinces le week-end. Des activistes politiques ont appelé à El-Ismaïlia à des protestations devant des bâtiments officiels en prélude à de grèves générales et une révolte civile afin que justice soit rendue dans l'affaire de la mort de manifestants à Port-Saïd. Par ailleurs, des centaines de manifestants ont marché à Port-Saïd vers des institutions demandant aux travailleurs de quitter leurs postes et rejoindre le mouvement de protestation. Alors que des marches sont organisées à El-Ismaïlia en solidarité avec la population de Port-Saïd, des forces politiques, dont le Front El-Inqad regroupant les principaux partis d'opposition ont appelé à participer à une révolte civile le 1er mars prochain devant les structures vitales de la province pour amener le gouvernement à satisfaire les revendications de la population liées notamment à la formation d'un gouvernement d'entente, l'amendement de la Constitution et l'organisation d'élections législatives transparentes. (El Moudjahid)


Plus : http://www.elmoudjahid.com/fr/actualites/38592

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Quatrième journée de grève à Port-Saïd

Quatrième journée de grève à Port-Saïd | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Une grève se poursuivait mercredi pour la quatrième journée consécutive à Port-Saïd où les manifestants réclamant justice après la mort de protestataires ont rejeté une promesse du gouvernement d’injecter des fonds dans cette ville du nord-est de l’Egypte.

 

La plupart des usines et des bureaux gouvernementaux demeuraient fermés dans cette ville qui longe le canal de Suez, ont rapporté des témoins.

Des manifestants ont lâché au-dessus du canal qui relie la mer Méditerranée à la mer Rouge de grands ballons sur lesquels était écrit « SOS ».

 

Des responsables du canal ont indiqué que la circulation sur cette voie maritime n’avait pas été affectée par le mouvement de grève.

Les protestataires réclament justice pour la mort d’au moins 40 personnes, tuées dans des affrontements avec la police après la condamnation à mort fin janvier de 21 supporteurs de football locaux.

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Civil disobedience in Port Said enters fourth day

Civil disobedience in Port Said enters fourth day | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Civil disobedience in Port Said entered the fourth day on Wednesday with eighty percent of schools suspending their classes, many markets closed and streets empty of protests. 

Forty-two people were killed when violence erupted in Port Said at the end of January when relatives of defendants sentenced to death for involvement in football riots that killed over 70 people last February clashed with police.

To calm tensions, Mursi referred a new draft law to the country's legislature to restore the free-zone policy in Port Said on Tuesday. He had also promised to allocate 400 million Egyptian pounds from the Suez Canal revenues to developing the three Canal cities (Port Said, Ismailia and Suez).

In an attempt to contain the violence, the president had declared a state of emergency in the three coastal governorates, including a curfew. 

Around a thousand Bour-Fouad residents and young football enthusiasts blocked on Wednesday a strategic road in the north of Port Said leading to losses that amount to at least five million dollars per day.

The authorities are currently negotiating with the protesters in an attempt to persuade them to open the road, while a high ranking official has condemned the protests, saying that they are greatly harming the reputation of the "number one port in the Mediterranean."

The effect of the civil disobedience was enhanced on Tuesday when the productions of factories were disrupted as thousands of workers joined the strike. 

An Aswat Masriya eyewitness said that even though some markets were open, "buying and selling" activities were very scarce. 

Hundreds of football fans succeeded on Sunday to prevent some employees and workers from going to work, rallying in front of the province's governmental office with some relatives of victims of the recent violence. They demanded justice for the victims of the recent violence, including treating them like those who were killed or wounded during the 2011 revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak. 

The protesters also asked for a new prosecutor to investigate last February's football violence that followed a match between two local teams. 

In similar attempts to attract the attention of the regime to their demands, Ultras youths (hardcore football fans) blocked the Cairo-Port Said train route on Sunday in protest against the state of emergency that Mursi imposed on the governorate.

 

This content is from :Aswat Masriya  

 

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Alexandre Buccianti/RFI


Toute activité a été arrêtée dans la zone industrielle de Port-Saïd et le terminal de conteneurs de la ville a été paralysé par une grève des dockers. Des milliers de manifestants ont sillonné Port-Saïd conspuant le président Morsi et agitant des bannières vert-blanc-noir. Ce sont les couleurs de « l’indépendance de Port-Saïd » selon les manifestants rejoints par les employés des administrations et les écoliers.

Les entrées et les sorties de la ville ont été bouclées par des barrages dressés par des comités de citoyens. Les habitants de la ville exigent une enquête indépendante pour faire la lumière sur la tuerie qui a laissé 43 civils tués et un millier blessés après la mort de deux policiers à la prison centrale de Port-Saïd.

Ces violences avaient éclaté après la condamnation à mort de 21 habitants de Port-Saïd par la cour d’assises pour « assassinat prémédité » de 72 supporters d’une équipe cairote lors d’un match de foot début 2012. Le président Morsi avait décrété l’état d’urgence et un couvre-feu à Port-Saïd mais les habitants ne l’ont jamais respecté malgré le déploiement de l’armée.

http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20130220-egypte-troisieme-journee-consecutive-mobilisation-port-said

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Port-Saïd : L’escalade

Port-Saïd : L’escalade | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Les habitants ont bloqué l’accès de certains établissements publics. Ils menacent de recourir à la désobéissance civile si la lumière n’est pas faite sur l’assassinat de plusieurs dizaines de Port-Saïdis lors des récents troubles.

 

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Les manifestants réclamaient justice pour la mort d’au moins personnes, tuées dans des affrontements avec la police après condamnation à mort fin janvier de 21 supporters de football locaux, accusés d’être impliqués dans des violences ayant fait 74 morts l’année dernière après un match de foot.

Le président Mohamad Morsi avait réagi aux violences à Port-Saïd et dans deux autres villes longeant le Canal de Suez en faisant appel à l’armée pour assurer la sécurité et en imposant l’état d’urgence ainsi qu’un couvre-feu. Le couvre-feu a systématiquement été bafoué à Port-Saïd, Suez et Ismaïliya. Au total, plus de 50 personnes ont été tuées et des centaines blessées, notamment à Port-Saïd, au cours des violences ayant suivi l’annonce du verdict, qui a coïncidé avec le deuxième anniversaire du début de la révolution contre Hosni Moubarak.

Les manifestants menacent de procéder à une escalade si leurs demandes ne sont pas satisfaites dans un délai de trois jours, à compter de dimanche. Celles-ci incluent le limogeage du ministre de l’Intérieur, Mohamad Ibrahim, la désignation d’un juge d’instruction pour enquêter sur le drame du stade de 2012 et la traduction devant la justice des responsables impliqués dans les meurtres du mois dernier.

Malgré les risques de dérapage qu’elle implique, beaucoup d’opposants considèrent la désobéissance civile comme l’arme ultime dans leur lutte contre un régime qu’ils considèrent comme « sourd » face à leurs demandes. D’autres estiment que cette démarche suppose une coordination et un leadership politique qui, pour le moment, font défaut aux opposants. « Je suis favorable à l’idée d’une mobilisation populaire et contre l’idée de négocier avec le gouvernement des Frères musulmans. Cela dit, pour passer du local au national, une mobilisation populaire a besoin d’organisation, celle-ci ne saurait être assurée par une poignée de militants à Port-Saïd », estime l’activiste Khaled Abdel-Hamid, du parti de l’Alliance populaire socialiste. (May Atta/Al-Ahram Hebdo)

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Port Said makes second home for Syrian refugees

On the 21th of January, 620 Syrian refugees arrived in Port Said after a long boat trip of about 30 hours. Those new comers are part of the 300 000 Syrian refugees in Egypt that escape the shelling and the bad condition of life during the war. In Port Said and Port Fuad, the Syrians get help from a business men organization. They told Egypt Independent how they were welcomed in Egypt and how they organized their travel from Turkey.

This video is linked with the article "Into the fold" of Egypt Independent Print published on the 7th of February 2013. 

Directed by: Lindsey Parietti and Virginie Nguyen
Videography by: Mayada Wadnomiry
Translation by: Dina Zafer

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Freedom and Justice Party Welcomes Presidential Port Said Support Decision

Freedom and Justice Party Welcomes Presidential Port Said Support Decision | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Announcing a huge support package for the country’s three Suez Canal cities of Port Said, Suez and Ismailia, Egyptian Presidency vows effective support is soon to follow for Sinai, Upper Egypt and Nubia, as well as all provinces across the country.

 Dr. Hussein Abdel-Kader, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)’s Political Communication Secretary, said: "The decision of President Mohamed Morsi to allocate 400 million Egyptian Pounds (approx. US$60 million) per annum from Suez Canal revenues to improving and developing Canal cities is well spent money. The city of Port Said deserves all support."


In televised remarks, Dr. Abdel-Kader affirmed that the President’s positive decisions do not have any connection with upcoming parliamentary elections campaigning: "These decisions will not serve any FJP purposes. In fact, public interest requires taking into account the suffering of the Egyptian people.


"Egypt’s Presidential institution issues decisions and decrees that aim to benefit Egypt first. The decision to restore Port Said free zone has pleased many people of Port Said happy. No-one should speak for the ‘intentions’ of the Presidency. Meanwhile, the decisions of the presidency should be respected and assessed away from electoral campaigning."


The Shura Council’s legislative committee agreed in principle to reinstate the Port Said free zone, during a meeting of the Committee headed by Justice Mohamed Tosson, after Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi sent the relevant bill to the Shura Council to restart the free zone in Port Said – in addition to the allocation of 400 million Egyptian pounds, a year, from Suez Canal revenue, for the development of the three Canal provinces – and to create new job opportunities for young people.


The Presidency said that this package of measures and decisions for Suez Canal cities is only a prelude to the development of other equally important areas such as the Sinai, Upper Egypt, Marsa Matrouh and Nubia.


In a statement, the Egyptian Presidency confirmed that it hopes all patriotic groups, NGO’s and stakeholders would bear their responsibilities in supporting the comprehensive development system in Canal provinces and throughout Egypt. (Ikhwan web)


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Protests paralyse factories in Suez Canal city

Protests paralyse factories in Suez Canal city | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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(Reuters, via Aswat Masriya) - Thousands of Egyptian workers joined a protest wave in Port Said on Tuesday, paralysing factory production in the Suez Canal city despite President Mohamed Mursi's efforts to soothe unrest by acting to restore its free port status.

Witnesses said at least 10,000 people took part in the third day of demonstrations to demand justice for dozens of people killed during rioting in the Mediterranean port last month.

The head of the Suez Canal Authority said movements on the canal - an artery for global shipping and one of Egypt's biggest foreign currency earners - were unaffected by the protests in Port Said, which lies at the waterway's northern entrance.

Port Said was one of three provinces near the canal where Mursi declared a 30-day state of emergency after last month's unrest, which was linked to soccer violence but reflected wider economic discontent with the Islamist government in Cairo.

"The regime is provoking the people of Port Said and not tending to their demands. We will not retreat from civil disobedience and will continue to escalate matters day after day," said Amani El Elaidy, one of the protesters.

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Strike, Protests Hit Egypt's Port Said for 3rd Day

Strike, Protests Hit Egypt's Port Said for 3rd Day | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Hundreds of protesters in the restive city of Port Said have pressured government employees to leave work early as they enforced the third day of a general strike.

Thousands also rallied in a main square in the city on Tuesday, chanting against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

An Egyptian activist paints a mural depicting a slain activist with Arabic that reads "why did you do this? this is very sad," on a wall in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. An ultraconservative Islamist adviser to Egypt's president resigned Monday in solidarity with a fellow aide who was fired amid allegations of abuse of office. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) Close

The protesters marched to the main court house, shouting for the judge to send employees home. Witnesses said protest organizers called government offices asking them to leave work before midday.

Port Said sits at the tip of the Suez Canal but shipping through the strategic waterway has not been disrupted.

The protesters are demanding justice for security officials they blame for killing some 50 people during demonstrations in the city last month. Workers in local factories joined families of those killed in the protests. (abc news)

 

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Port Said unions join civil disobedience campaign

Port Said unions join civil disobedience campaign | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Port Said Maritime Arsenal Workers Association said it would join civil disobedience campaigns in the governorate and strike until their demand that the governor and the judge delegated to investigate the recent violence last month are dismissed.

The Trade Union for Public Free Trade Zone Workers in Port Said called for an official apology from the presidency for the violence, considering the victims and injured of the violence in Port Said as martyrs of the 25 January revolution.

They also called for issuing a law that guarantees continuity of the free trade zone without intervention from presidency.

In related context, the Egyptian Union for Independent Trade Unions said a popular delegation composed of several labor figures and members of youth and revolutionary coalitions will head to Alexandria to express solidarity with Portland Cement Company workers. Their strike was ended by force, which led to injury and detention of several workers.

 

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Port-Saïd de nouveau paralysée par des grèves

Port-Saïd de nouveau paralysée par des grèves | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Des centaines de manifestants antigouvernementaux ont bloqué les principales rues de Port-Saïd, lundi, alors que la ville côtière égyptienne était de nouveau paralysée par de multiples grèves.

Les manifestants voulaient dénoncer la mort, le mois dernier, d'une cinquantaine de personnes lors des manifestations organisées en réaction aux peines de mort imposées à 21 personnes - surtout des partisans du club de foot Al-Masri - pour leur participation à une émeute qui avait fait 74 victimes le 1er février 2012.

Des employés locaux du gouvernement, des douaniers et des petits commerçants ont participé à la grève générale de lundi. L'université et les banques de la ville, qui sont protégées par l'armée, demeuraient ouvertes.

Port-Saïd se trouve à l'extrémité nord du canal de Suez, mais les grèves ne nuisent pas à la circulation sur cette voie maritime internationale.

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Qandil: Govt ready to respond to Port Said protest demands

Qandil: Govt ready to respond to Port Said protest demands | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Hesham Qandil has said that the government is ready to respond to the demands of Port Said residents by sending a judge to conduct investigations, as opposed to prosecutors.

In an interview aired on State TV, Qandil said that imposing a state of emergency was an exceptional procedure and was caused by unusual circumstances.

“There’s no collective penalty,” he added. “All appreciation to people of the canal.”

He also said that the national project to develop tge Suez Canal includes all Egyptian governorates, saying that the project will generate more than 750,000 jobs and that it will be inaugurated in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez.

Speaking about the recent civil disobedience campaign in Port Said, Qandil said that Cabinet members are in contact with the Port Said governor and the governorate’s representatives in the Shura Council, adding that he was ready to hear the demands of representatives from among the demonstrators.

Qandil also offered condolences over the deaths of Port Said residents during ongoing protests since the end of January, saying that those responsible for the killings will be brought to justice.

The 25 January revolution taught us that no one is above the law,” he said. (Egypt indepenndent)

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Port Said: Violence and Economics in Egypt's port cities

Port Said: Violence and Economics in Egypt's port cities | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Long known as the "city of opportunities" in reference to its prosperous business atmosphere, the old canal city of Port Said has suffered from increasing economic marginalisation since its notorious 2012 football disaster.

Leaving over 70 Ahly fans dead in Port Said Stadium on 1 February, 2012, the free-for-all that erupted after a league match hosted by local football team Masry has had severe economic consequences for the city.

Today (....), the city is suffering from economic stagnation and soaring unemployment.

"Social and economic conditions in the city are simply unbearable," El-Badry Farghaly, a former Port Said MP, told Ahram Online this month.

"Since the match the economy has been frozen ...the youth are leaving the city because of a lack of employment opportunities."

 

According to an official at the city's governorate office, who spoke on condition of anonymity, there are currently almost 45,000 unemployed people in Port Said and 400,000 families unable to pay their monthly rent and at risk of eviction.

 

The famous Port Said "corniche" – a touristic walkway dotted with fish restaurants, hotels and cafes which was once a choice destination for holidaymakers and day-trippers – was almost empty on a recent weekend, with bullet holes apparent on nearby cafes and restaurants, and some buildings burned down or derelict.(...)

 

Already struggling since the disaster due to unofficial commercial boycotts and the general atmosphere of economic instability in Egypt since the 2011 revolution, Port Said's once-thriving economy took a further turn for the worse in the wake of last month's violence.

 

Fishing, and smuggling

The series of events have taken a toll on production and business activities in Port Said, including its renowned fishing industry, which for decades has been one of the main pillars of the city's economy.

Located in the heart of the old town of Port Said and near the city's central prison, the epicentre of the recent violence, the fish market is festooned with banners and placards mourning the victims of recent events and pledging vengeance.

 

Trading activity, meanwhile, was almost absent, with stands literally empty of fish.

"We were being randomly fired at because of the proximity of the market to the prison," Amr El-Refay, a Port Said fish trader, told Ahram Online. "A fish seller has even been killed by a shot to the head. How does anyone expect business to thrive in those conditions?" he said.(...)

 

"Just when things were beginning to return to normal after the match, what happened after the court sentence scared people away once more. I have not sold anything for the past two days," he added.

 

In general, fishing activity in Port Said has become much weaker since the January 2011 uprising, dropping by almost 60 percent – according to official figures – as fishermen have found more lucrative opportunities.status quo remains unchanged.(....)

 

Ranked first among Egyptian cities in 2010 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in terms of human development, which is measured according to life expectancy, annual income and educational attainment, Port Said has also witnessed industrial deterioration.. 

 

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Poursuite d'une grève à Port-Saïd malgré une promesse du pouvoir

Poursuite d'une grève à Port-Saïd malgré une promesse du pouvoir | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Une grève se poursuivait mercredi pour  la quatrième journée consécutive à Port-Saïd où les manifestants réclamant  justice après la mort de protestataires ont rejeté une promesse du gouvernement  d'injecter des fonds dans cette ville du nord-est de l'Egypte.    La plupart des usines et des bureaux gouvernementaux demeuraient fermés  dans cette ville qui longe le canal de Suez, ont rapporté des témoins.    Des manifestants ont lâché au-dessus du canal qui relie la mer Méditerranée  à la mer Rouge de grands ballons sur lesquels était écrit "SOS".    Des responsables du canal ont indiqué que la circulation sur cette voie  maritime n'avait pas été affectée par le mouvement de grève.    Les protestataires réclament justice pour la mort d'au moins 40 personnes,  tuées dans des affrontements avec la police après la condamnation à mort fin  janvier de 21 supporteurs de football locaux, accusés d'être impliqués dans des  violences meurtrières l'an dernier après un match de foot.    Le président Mohamed Morsi, qui avait fait appel à l'armée pour assurer la  sécurité et déclaré l'état d'urgence à Port-Saïd après les violences de  janvier, a promis mardi de consacrer à la ville 400 millions de livres  égyptiennes (44,4 millions d'euros) puisées dans les recettes du canal de Suez.    Il a également indiqué qu'il présenterait une loi au Sénat --qui fait  office de Parlement en attendant les élections législatives-- pour rouvrir une  zone franche dans cette région, selon un communiqué de son bureau.    Les habitants de Port-Saïd et d'autres villes en bordure du canal se  plaignent d'être marginalisés par les autorités.    Les violences de janvier, les plus meurtrières depuis l'élection  présidentielle de juin 2012, se sont déroulées sur fond de forte contestation  du pouvoir de M. Morsi et de sévère crise économique. (Ennahar)


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Port Said Prison: Bloodstains But No Answer

Port Said Prison: Bloodstains But No Answer | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Port Said Prison was a scene of chaos. Blood was splattered on the floor. Bullets were flying and fumes from Molotov cocktails filled the air.

Two policemen were the first to die in the violence. A judge announced that 21 Port Said locals would receive the death penalty for their role in last year's Port Said stadium disaster. Minutes later, all hell broke loose.

 

“Right after the verdict was read, the prison was attacked by a barrage of gunfire from all directions. Two policemen were shot dead, so we armed the Central Security Forces (CSF) with the prison’s weapons to defend themselves and the prison,” a high-ranking figure from the Egyptian Interior Ministry told Ahram Online inside Port Said prison, speaking on condition of anonymity.

 

It  was the end of a difficult year for the people of Port Said. On 1 February, 2012, violent clashes erupted after a league game between fans of the local Masry football club and supporters of the Cairo-based Ahly.(...)

 

“We died three times; firstly when guests died in our city, secondly when our innocent sons received death penalties, and thirdly when we were killed treacherously,” said the father of Mohamed ‘Hommos’ Adel Shehata, a leader of hardcore Masry fan group the Ultras Super Green, who was one of the defendants who received the death penalty.

 

On the day of the verdict, which was eagerly awaited by Ahly fans to “bring relief to the mothers of the martyrs,” clashes erupted throughout the city of Port Said, leaving more than 40 people dead and around 1,400 injured. (...)

 

“They died from suffocation and we died by treachery,” read many signs across the streets of Port Said.

 

Inside the prison

Port Said Prison bore the brunt of this rage. It is not yet clear who was behind the attack, which took place as soon as the verdicts were announced.

 

Walking around the prison, it’s obvious that an ugly massacre happened there. Heavy police and military security surrounds the area, gunshots marks are visible all over the prison’s walls and buildings, and there are blood stains on the floor.(...)

 

'No house without grief'

“There is a feeling around the city that Port Said as a whole is under some sort of mass punishment. This verdict was obviously politicised,” says El-Badry Farghaly, a former local MP and a well-known leader of leftist political party Al-Tagammo.

 

”I am against conspiracy theories but at the same time I say that what is happening to Port Said is all premeditated,” Farghaly told Ahram Online.

 

 

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Wednesday's papers: Port Said 'bribe' and the Brotherhood-Salafi battle

Wednesday's papers: Port Said 'bribe' and the Brotherhood-Salafi battle | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The news of an ongoing civil disobedience campaign organized by protesting Port Said residents, as well as the exchange of accusations between the ruling Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis, dominate headlines Wednesday.

After denying the power of the strikes and demonstrations organized in Port Said in response to the recent killing of protesters, the mouthpiece of the ruling Freedom and Justice Party hails the president's decision to re-establish the Port Said Free Zone.

Observers say President Mohamed Morsy's decision is a bid to appease angry residents. Freedom and Justice newspaper reports that president plans to present a draft law to the Shura Council that would allow LE400 million in Suez Canal revenue to be allocated among the three Canal governorates.

State-owned Al-Ahram reports on the story without referring to unrest in Port Said or the January clashes in the other canal zone cities of Ismailia and Suez. The newspaper reports that the move is similar to other plans to develop Sinai, Matrouh and Upper Egypt, as well as the area near the border with Sudan.

But opposition newspapers have a different take: privately-owned Al-Tahrir claims the coastal city is “out of the Brotherhoods control” as thousands of residents protest demanding the government step down. The newspaper quotes Port Said residents as describing Morsy's decision as a “political bribe” and 'cheap concessions' to avoid real justice for those killed.

 

Another privately owned paper, Al-Watan alleges in its top story that the Shura Council is threatening to punish the governorates. It quotes sources inside the Brotherhood-dominated upper house of Parliament as saying some of its members are calling for legislation to respond to acts of civil disobedience. MP Muslim Ayyad is reported as saying that the Penal Code should be revisited to include criminal penalties for such acts. (...)

 

Tensions also continue to roil between the Brotherhood and the Salafi-oriented Nour Party (...).  Privately owned Al-Shorouk newspaper claims the presidency is 'besieging Al-Nour' after it issued a statement reiterating its accusations against Alam Eddin and defending his removal. Nour official Sherif Taha is quoted as alleging the advisor was fired for trying to bring documents to light regarding Brotherhood efforts to dominate state institutions.

 

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Egypt PM meets with Port Said MPs to end crisis

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Prime Minister Hisham Kandil will convene on Wednesday with Port Said representatives of the Shura council (upper house of parliament) to discuss the ongoing crisis in the governorate. 

Civil disobedience entered the fourth day in a row in Port Said on Wednesday with hundreds of residents refusing to go to work and rejecting a Monday statement made by President Mohamed Mursi.  

Mursi had said that he intends to present a new draft law to the Shura Council (legislature) to restore the free-zone policy in Port Said and allocate 400 million Egyptian pounds from the Suez Canal revenues to developing the three Canal cities (Port Said, Ismaliya and Suez). 

Forty-two people were killed when violence erupted in Port Said at the end of January when relatives of 21 defendants sentenced to death for involvement in football riots that killed over 70 people last February staged protests upon the verdict to express their anger.

Fifty-two more defendants will hear their verdicts on March 9 while football enthusiasts have threatened chaos if they were not satisfied with the outcome. 

In an attempt to contain the violence, the president had declared a state of emergency in the three coastal governorates, including a curfew. 

Wasat's parliamentarian Hussein Zayed, who is from Port Said, entered an open strike on Monday in protest against what he described as the regime's failure to solve the crisis in Port Said. He blamed President Mursi and his administration for the ongoing civil disobedience for failing to meet the demands of the residents and bring to justice those responsible for the violence that hit the city upon the verdict.

Two other members of the Shura Council, Amr Farouk and Atef Awad, also from the Wasat Party, have joined the strike in solidarity with Zayed, to put pressure on the authorities to listen to the demands of the people. 

 

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The Show Trial of Port Said

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The second anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, and the first under Muslim Brotherhood rule, was never going to pass peacefully. Nationwide, pro-democracy demonstrations were planned in protest at undemocratic decrees and increased police brutality under the current government, and the general lack of progress made in meeting the demands of the revolution raised two years earlier.

In the Canal Zone cities of Suez, Ismailiyya and Port Said, it was marked by protests and battles between civilians and police, and a state of emergency was declared on 28 January. (...) The court announcement on 26 January, effectively sentencing twenty-one young men to death, shook Egypt, not only because of the severity of the sentence, but also because of the numerous question marks associated with the trial itself. (...) Yet despite worldwide news coverage of the announcement (often misstating the result as a verdict) and of the subsequent funerals, there has been almost no mention of the actual proceedings of the trial itself. (...)

 

The announcement made by presiding judge Sobhi Abd al-Magid led to rapturous celebrations outside Al-Ahly Club’s Cairo headquarters, by Ultras Ahlawy fans (...). However, the announcement is neither a verdict nor an ultimate conclusion to the case.

Fifty-four defendants remain, including nine security officials on trial for “assisting with murder.” The final verdict, including any potential convictions, will be issued on 9 March. In fact, Judge Abd al-Magid’s announcement simply states that the Port Said Criminal Court has petitioned the Grand Mufti for his ruling on a potential verdict sentencing to death the first twenty-one individuals tried.

 

Under Article 381 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the only law cited in the announcement, all capital convictions must be submitted to the Grand Mufti for approval, who has ten days to respond. Even if the Grand Mufti advises commutation, he does not possess any judicial power, and the convictions may still ultimately be carried out, although serious questions of legitimacy may then arise. It is important to note that more than three weeks later, no response has yet been issued. Adding to the atmosphere of confusion, a new Grand Mufti was recently elected, and is due to take up his position in March, roughly around the time the final verdict is due. Whatever the Mufti’s response, there is no doubt that the Court’s final verdict shall be appealed.

 

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Sit-in civil & disobedience in Port Said عصيان مدني واعتصام في بورسعيد

Protesters in Port Said are resorting to civil disobedience as their latest weapon in their fight to get their demands met.

The announcement of civil disobedience began on Sunday amidst a wave of protests. With an open ended sit-in outside the Port Said governorate building, and a host of government services and building being disrupted, demonstrators are determined to force the presidency and the rest of the country to take note. 

Protesters are angry after dozens of Port Saidis were shot to death at the end of January during clashes outside a police station and a prison. The fighting began on January 26th after 21 Port Said residents were sentenced to death for their alleged involvement in a stadium massacre last year - something demonstrators feel was a severe miscarriage of justice.

Among the main demands are that there be a new investigation into last year's stadium massacre, that President Mohamed Morsi apologise for the deaths following the sentencing, and that those who were killed in clashes with police be acknowledged as martyrs of the revolution.

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En Egypte, 10 000 manifestants demandent la démission du ministre de l'intérieur

En Egypte, 10 000 manifestants demandent la démission du ministre de l'intérieur | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Dix mille Egyptiens ont manifesté mardi 19 février à Port-Saïd pour réclamerjustice après la mort d'une quarantaine de personnes le mois dernier lors d'émeutes dans cette ville située au débouché du canal de Suez sur la Méditerranée. Les usines de la ville ont été paralysées par ce mouvement de protestation qui n'affecte cependant pas l'activité du canal. Les écoles étaient vides, de nombreux enseignants et élèves s'étant joints à la protestation. (...)

Pour tenter  de calmer  les esprits, Mohamed Morsi a présenté lundi soir au conseil de la Choura, l'assemblée législative provisoire, un projet de loi visant àrendre  à Port-Saïd son statut de zone de libre-échange, peu à peu abandonné depuis dix ans, et pour réserver chaque année 400 millions de livres égyptiennes (44 millions d'euros) des revenus du canal au développement des villes situées sur son tracé. Le conseil de la Choura a approuvé ce projet, a précisé la télévision d'Etat. (Le Monde)


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Civil disobedience in Port Said enters third day

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Civil disobedience entered a third day in a row in Egypt's Port Said governorate on Tuesday with hundreds of residents refusing to go to work and rejecting a Monday statement made by President Mohamed Mursi.  

Mursi had said that he intends to present a new draft law to the Shura Council (legislature) to restore the free-zone policy in Port Said and allocate 400 million Egyptian pounds from the Suez Canal revenues to developing the three Canal cities (Port Said, Ismaliya and Suez). 

Forty-two people were killed when violence erupted in Port Said at the end of January upon a court verdict that some residents considered unfair. Relatives of 21 defendants sentenced to death for involvement in football riots dubbed as the "Port Said massacre" that left over 70 people, mostly young football fans, dead last February, staged protests upon the verdict to express their anger.

Fifty-two more defendants will hear their verdicts on March 9 while football enthusiasts have threatened chaos if they were not satisfied with the outcome. 

On Sunday, hundreds of residents started a civil disobedience, demanding justice and an apology from the president and his administration for what they believe is negligence of their demands. 

In an attempt to contain the violence, the president had declared a state of emergency in three coastal governorates, including a curfew. 

Raged residents have also been staging protests across the governorate, chanting slogans against the Islamist president and his administration. 

Hundreds of football fans succeeded on Sunday to prevent some employees and workers from going to work, rallying in front of the province's governmental office with some relatives of victims of the recent violence. They demanded justice for the victims; "martyrs", injured and defendants, including treating them like those who fell victim during the 2011 revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak. 

The protesters also asked for a new prosecutor to investigate last February's football violence that followed a match between two local teams.  

In similar attempts to attract the attention of the regime to their demands, Ultras youths (hardcore football fans) blocked the Cairo-Port Said train route on Sunday in protest against the state of emergency that Mursi imposed on the governorate.

More workers joined the movement on Monday, including Tersana workers and others in marketing, while many political parties and movements have announced their solidarity with the civil disobedience. 

Political parties that have shown solidarity, including Al-Wafd, Al-Masryeen Al-Ahrrar, Al-Nasery, Al-Tagamoa, the April 6 movement and the Revolutionary Socialists, have stressed on the importance of delivering justice and compensation. (Aswat Masriya)

 

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Breaking: President restores free zone to Port Said

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Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Monday decided to present a draft law to the Shura Council to restore the free zone to Port Said.

The president also decided to allocate 400 million Egyptian pounds from the Suez Canal revenue to develop the three Canal cities.

 

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Factories closed by Egyptian unrest

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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.”

 

 

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