Egypt subway services unaffected by protest calls

Calls have been circulating on social media for pro-Morsi protesters to swarm into the underground stations to bring the services to a halt as part of a larger civil disobedience campaign

Egypt subway services unaffected by protest calls

Subway services in Cairo and Giza have not been affected by calls floated by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi to pack the trains with the aim of paralyzing the services as part of a wider civil disobedience campaign, an Egyptian official said Sunday.

The main stations saw an increase in passengers' numbers during the morning rush hour, which prompted the operators to deploy more trains to contain the numbers, Abdullah Fawzy, the head of the Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations, told reporters.

The flow returned to normal levels later, he added.

Calls have been circulating on social media for pro-Morsi protesters to swarm into the underground stations to bring the services to a halt as part of a larger civil disobedience campaign to protest the military's overthrow of the elected leader.

In response, security personnel were deployed in all underground stations in anticipation of any flash protests.

In a statement, the Interior Ministry warned that it would deal firmly and decisively with any attempt to destabilize security or spread chaos.

Egypt has been in turmoil since the powerful military deposed Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, after mass protests against his presidency.

The unconstitutional change of government is described by many as a "military coup", while the move's supporters call it a military-backed "popular uprising".

Since July 3, thousands of people have been taking to the streets countrywide to protest the army's imposed roadmap and the ensuing violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

On August 14, Egyptian security forces violently dispersed the two major pro-democracy camps in Rabaa al-Adawiya, eastern Cairo, and Giza's Nahda Square.

The bloody crackdown left hundreds dead and thousands injured.

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