Upper Egypt’s railways re-open after six-hour shutdown
Ahram Online, Sunday 6 Nov 2011
Rail tracks connecting Upper Egypt with the Cairo and beyond had been blocked until dawn Sunday by protesters


Upper Egypt’s railways re-opened shortly before dawn today after being blocked for nearly six hours due to hundreds of protesters gathered to demonstrate against the nationwide shortage of benzene.

The protesters set a fire on the railways in the city of Sohag at 9pm Saturday, starting a blockage that lasted until 2:30 in the morning.



In the process, some demonstrators also tore down the banners and placards for several candidates running in the upcoming parliamentary elections.



Eventually security forces stepped in to defuse the tension as benzene trucks fed the petrol stations, appeasing the protesters.

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