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Thousands of demonstrators block Alexandria roads, railways

Alexandrian protesters block Sidi Gaber train station and Abu-Qir road, chanting against President Morsi; Brotherhood denounces 'thugs' who attack state institutions

Yasmine Fathy, Alexandria, Monday 28 Jan 2013
Alexandria
Protesters occupy Sidi Gaber train station in Alexandria on Monday (Photo: Yasmine Fathy)
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Thousands of protesters converging from the Qaed Ibrahim mosque and Victoria Square on the Sidi Gaber district in central Alexandria have blocked off Abu-Qir boulevard with rubbish bins and bonfires.

Other groups of protesters are sitting on two of the main tracks of Sidi Gaber train station and obstructing them using iron rods, wooden sticks and a broken desk.

The sound of explosions was heard inside the train station and demonstrators were seen running out in panic, says Ahram Online's Yasmine Fathy, who was unable to identify the source of the noise. 

"Down, down, with the rule of the [Muslim Brotherhood's] supreme guide! Down, down with Morsi! Leave, we are poor people," were among the chants of demonstrators during their march.

Protesters had earlier cut off roads, and obstructed tram lines in Al-Raml district in downtown Alexandria, as well as in the Azaretah district, stating they wanted to remind officials of those who had lost their lives in the revolution.

"The message we want to send is that Morsi has ruined the country and it is time for him to go."

"We decided to cut off the trains because people are going through their lives as if nothing happened and maybe if we stop them they will feel our pain," said protester Ramy Mahmoud.

Alexandrian Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Anas El-Qady gave a press statement earlier on Sunday attacking the Egyptian media, saying that they have exaggerated the events in Alexandria, giving legitimacy to "thugs."

"The events of Alexandria that  have taken place throughout the last week, including storming the criminal court, setting police cars on fire, storming the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters, blocking roads and railroads, and using Molotov cocktails and rocks are all acts of thuggery and should be shunned by the media," El-Qady said.

The Brotherhood spokesperson said that peaceful means of protests are a right, but that attacks against state institutions are "thuggery."

Large demonstrations took place on Friday in Alexandria as in many other Egyptian cities, marking the second anniversary of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Protests have been ongoing in the coastal city over the past weekend.

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Salah Morsi
29-01-2013 01:56am
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APply the Shareha
GOv. should arrest and ambutates the hands, tongues, and ears of those disobedient egyptians.
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Expatriate
28-01-2013 10:03pm
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I can tell you why..
What other measures can be used against people who claim to be peaceful demonstrator seeking democracy, while they attack and rape innocent women passing by, they torch citizens vehicles and private properties, steal and break shops. What kind of people are these? On top they refuse dialogue. e few thousands criminals are trying to overthrown a legitimate gov voted by millions. If one can;t see this must be blind.
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medo
28-01-2013 09:00pm
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enough is enough!
If the Brotherhood says "peaceful demo's are a right" why were the peaceful protesters in Cairo attacked this evening for no reason? Why were they driven at and knocked down for no reason? why were they shot at with rubber bullets and tear gas? This kind of unnecessary violence against the people of Egypt is not acceptable. I have seen the people of Egypt no longer have fear... They will not accept this kind of treatment any longer!
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for peace
29-01-2013 03:54pm
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peaceful protesters?
The protests are not peaceful at all. Those who commit crimes and ruin public facilities should definitely be punished. Over the past two years, videos showed that protests were trying to break into government and parliament buildings, burning cars and blocking trains. I'm wondering if any government around the world will accept such kind of actions.
Freedom Fighter, ALaddin
29-01-2013 05:24am
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Just in case if you haven't heard the news
They are burning shops and offices, stealing computers, killing children , blocking trains, harass women at the tahrir square, and love to wear black with a hood cover. I feel that Morsi has disappointed you by not playing the guitar for them!!!!
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