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Restive Egyptian city of Port Said hit by strikes, protests for third straight day

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    An Egyptian activist paints a mural depicting a slain activist with Arabic that reads "why did you do this? this is very sad," on a wall in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. An ultraconservative Islamist adviser to Egypt's president resigned Monday in solidarity with a fellow aide who was fired amid allegations of abuse of office. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)The Associated Press

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    An Egyptian man walks by a mural depicting ousted president Hosni Mubarak, right, and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, left, with Arabic that reads "before the revolution, let them be amused, after the revolution, let them be paralyzed," on a wall in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. An ultraconservative Islamist adviser to Egypt's president resigned yesterday in solidarity with a fellow aide who was fired amid allegations of abuse of office. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)The Associated Press

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    Egyptian youths walk past a captured and burned police armored vehicle by demonstrators in the recent events, that is painted with red hearts and Arabic that reads "the love popular defense forces," in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. An ultraconservative Islamist adviser to Egypt's president resigned Monday in solidarity with a fellow aide who was fired amid allegations of abuse of office. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)The Associated Press

Hundreds of protesters in the restive city of Port Said have pressured government employees to leave work early as they enforced the third day of a general strike.

Thousands also rallied in a main square in the city on Tuesday, chanting against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

The protesters marched to the main court house, shouting for the judge to send employees home. Witnesses said protest organizers called government offices asking them to leave work before midday.

Port Said sits at the tip of the Suez Canal but shipping through the strategic waterway has not been disrupted.

The protesters are demanding justice for security officials they blame for killing some 50 people during demonstrations in the city last month. Workers in local factories joined families of those killed in the protests.