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Egypt Protests in Port Said Shutter Businesses Near Suez Canal

Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Hundreds of protesters in Egypt’s coastal city of Port Said gathered near the Suez Canal for a fourth day to demonstrate against death sentences handed down last month against 21 people for their role in a soccer riot.

The protesters are seeking to enforce a work stoppage in the canal area, cutting roads and preventing workers from reaching the area.

The unrest, which hasn’t affected canal operations, underscore the challenges confronting President Mohamed Mursi as his government tries to revive an economy that’s stalled in the two years since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.

Violence late last month in Port Said and two other canal cities left more than 30 people dead and prompted Mursi to enact emergency measures and a curfew in the areas.

To contact the reporter on this story: Salma El Wardany in Cairo at selwardany@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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