Egypt shortens curfew as violence eases

TONY G. GABRIEL
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Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans during a demonstration in Dalga Village, in upper Egypt, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. Tens of thousands of protesters and Muslim Brotherhood supporters rallied Friday throughout Egypt against a military coup and a bloody security crackdown, though tanks and armored police vehicles barred them from converging in major squares. The sign in the foreground reads, "The Egyptian people said it strong - Morsi is my president and has legitimacy -- he is coming back soon."(AP Photo/Roger Anis, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's government has once again shortened a military-imposed evening curfew as violence and protests over the coup that toppled the country's president subside.

The Cabinet said in a statement Saturday the decision comes in response to popular demand. It rolls back the start of the curfew to 11 p.m. local time (2100 GMT).

The Cabinet said its decision takes effect immediately. However, the full 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew will remain in place for Fridays, when supporters of the ousted President Mohammed Morsi usually organize large rally.

Since the July 3 military coup, Morsi supporters have organized near daily protests that have often turned violent. A security crackdown that led to the arrest of hundreds of his supporters, including leading Brotherhood members, have caused protests to wane.