SUEZ, Egypt (AP) — The city of Suez saw some of the worst violence of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, and now the city is flaring up again.
The spark is the issue of protesters who were killed by security forces during the 18-day anti-Mubarak protests — nearly 900 nationwide. Officially, at least 17 protesters were killed in Suez, at the southern end of the Suez Canal, but residents put the real number at nearly double that.
Tens of thousands demonstrating in Suez, Cairo and other Egyptian cities since Friday are demanding justice in their deaths. Posters of slain protesters are plastered everywhere in their demonstrations. Last week, a court released on bail seven policemen facing charges of killing protesters in Suez, touching off two days of riots in that city and fueling a rapidly growing campaign to bring retribution for the families of the victims.