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Egypt’s Tahrir Square metro station reopens five days after uprising anniversary

The station was closed since 25 January, the fifth anniversary of the uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak

Ahram Online , Saturday 30 Jan 2016
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File photo: Cairo's Sadat metro station (Al-Ahram)
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Sadat Metro Station, in the heart of the iconic Tahrir Square, reopened its doors to commuters Saturday after a five-day closure due to “security reasons,” state news agency MENA reported.

The station was closed since 25 January, the fifth anniversary of the uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

The station has often been closed "due to security reasons," but critics said the reason was to prevent masses from reaching Tahrir Square and protesting.

The station was closed from August 2013 to June 2015 — over 650 days — to prevent supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi from setting up a camp in Tahrir Square.

The reopening of the station in June was a relief to passengers who commuted for longer periods and often had to pay extra to get to their destinations.

The fifth anniversary of the uprising passed relatively smoothly, with limited Muslim Brotherhood protests composed of tens, which were quickly dispersed by police.

Tens of pro-police also organised limited marches and handed out flowers to security personnel, as the day also marks National Police Day.

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