Cairo's Tahrir metro station reopens after brief "security" closure

Ahram Online , Thursday 30 Jun 2016

Sadat Metro Station is closing its doors Thursday based on a "request from security"

File photo: Cairo's Sadat metro station (Al-Ahram)

The Sadat metro station, located in downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square, has reopened its doors to commuters Thursday after it was briefly closed on the third anniversary of the June 30 protests that led to the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, state news agency MENA reported.

The closure was requested by the "security apparatus," Metro Authority spokesman Ahmed Abdel-Hady told MENA earlier.

Thursday was  declared a national holiday, with public and private-sector employees and banks given the day off.The station is located in the epicentre of the Egyptian uprising that also toppled long-standing autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The station has frequently been closed "due to security reasons". 

The station was closed from August 2013 to June 2015 — over 650 days — to prevent protests in Tahrir Square.

The reopening of the station in June 2015 was a relief to passengers who were forced to commute longer periods and pay extra fees.

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