CAIRO (AP) – Egypt’s economic woes have prompted thousands of state workers and impoverished citizens to launch strikes and protests around the country today.
Some 8,000 protesters, mainly farmers, set barricades of flaming palm trees in one southern province, blocking a main highway and railway to Cairo. They then drove off the governor by pelting his van with stones.
More than 5,000 workers from a variety of companies, including a ship repair firm, have gone on strike in the port city of Suez.
Also today, Egyptian security officials said two protesters were killed yesterday in a town southwest of Cairo. They died when police opened fire on hundreds who set a courthouse on fire and attacked a police station in two days of rioting.

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