Cairo: Thousands of demonstrators have flooded the streets of Egypt's three Suez Canal cities in defiance of a night-time curfew imposed by President Mohammed Mursi after dozens were killed in clashes with police.
Witnesses said protesters took to the streets of Port Said, Ismailiya and Suez City on Monday night as the 9pm curfew went into effect to stage "breaking the curfew" demonstrations.
Egypt violence persists despite emergency moves
Protesters and riot police clashed in Cairo and Port Said despite Egyptian President Mursi imposing a state of emergency in three provinces.
The protesters chanted slogans against Islamist rule in Egypt, "Fall, Fall the rule of the guide (of the Muslim Brotherhood)", referring to Dr Mursi who hails from the Brotherhood.
Mahmud Abu al-Majd, who spoke to AFP on the phone from Port Said, said: "We are on the streets because no one can impose their will on us. We won't bow to the government."
In Ismailiya, witnesses said the protesters decided to hold football matches on the streets as part of their protests.
State television, meanwhile, reported that hundreds of people took to the streets of Suez City.
Dr Mursi on Sunday declared a month-long state of emergency in the provinces of Port Said, Suez and Ismailiya after they were hit by deadly riots that left around 50 dead and hundreds wounded
In a television address he also slapped night-time curfews on the provinces from 9pm to 6am.
On Monday, the Islamist-dominated Senate ratified a law that would grant the armed forces powers of arrest, the official MENA news agency reported.
The White House on Monday condemned the unrest and called on the country's leaders to make clear that violence is never acceptable.
"We strongly condemn the recent violence that has taken place in various Egyptian cities," said White House spokesman Jay Carney.
"We look to all Egyptians to express themselves peacefully and look to Egyptian leaders to make clear that violence is not acceptable."