Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Egyptian army lifted the curfew on 15 June

 The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt has decided to lift the curfew imposed since 28 January, from next day 15, local media said today. According to the state-run newspaper Al Ahram, the military junta that runs the country, said the curfew in force between the 02.00 local time (00.00 GMT) and 05.00 local time (0300 GMT), will be lifted in order to facilitate the movement of citizens.

The purpose of this measure is intended also to boost production and the country's economy, said the independent daily Al Masry al Yom. The curfew hours have been changed by the armed forces constantly depending on the security situation in the streets. The curfew was imposed for the first time last January 28, one of the most violent days of the revolution that began on January 25, "and was imposed from 1800 local time (16.00 GMT) and 07.00 (05.00 GMT .) That day, the then Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, who stepped down Feb. 11, declared this measure and also requested the Army to get out into the streets to help police in maintaining order.

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