Protesting workers block Cairo rail lines

2013-02-24 17:47
Egyptian protesters wear masks depicting President Mohamed Morsi and prime minister Hisham Kandel as they attend a public symbolic trial. (STR, AFP)

Egyptian protesters wear masks depicting President Mohamed Morsi and prime minister Hisham Kandel as they attend a public symbolic trial. (STR, AFP)

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Assiut - An Egyptian security official says thousands of brick workers have blocked railway tracks leading from a southern city to Cairo for a second day to protest rising industrial oil prices. Nearly 20 train trips to Cairo from the south were cancelled.

The government lifted industrial oil subsidies last week as part of a reform programme, prompting labour protests by quarry and brick factory workers.

The official said on Sunday that the workers removed tracks for trains heading one direction near Beni Suef, 112km south from Cairo, and put wood planks on the other. Disgruntled passengers had to rely on road transportation.

The official says some trains travelling from Cairo were passing through.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

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