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Egypt soccer protests hit restive Suez Canal city

CAIRO — Thousands of soccer fans enforced a work stoppage Sunday in Egypt’s restive city of Port Said to protest what they called government ‘‘injustices,’’ disrupting rail services and forcefully evicting workers from factories and provincial government offices.

Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi had declared a state of emergency and 30-day curfew in Port Said and two other Suez Canal provinces following a wave of violence that left more than 50 people dead last month. The state of emergency is still in effect, although residents have ignored the curfew.

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The continuing turbulence in Port Said, which last month was virtually in revolt against Morsi’s government and the emergency measures, is another sign of Egypt’s deepening malaise. The government is struggling to impose order as discontent widens beyond the capital, Cairo, and social and economic problems mount.

Morsi is also facing an increasingly vocal political opposition which complains that he and his Islamist backers in the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s strongest political force, are attempting to monopolize power and have adopted practices similar to longtime authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak.

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Mubarak was forced to step down in the face of popular protests in 2011.

Associated Press

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