Is ENR a hostage of the Morsi trial?

 In Archive, Egypt

Egypt’s skeleton train service continues amid tight security. There is little news, and I haven’t been able to find any photographs from the past week. The country seems to be holding its breath ahead of tomorrow’s trial of ousted President Morsi.

It seems any further normalisation on Egyptian railways is a hostage of Morsi’s trial, mainly because the security authorities will assess public reaction to it around the country before permitting further train services to operate. However, trials such as this are often adjourned, which will mean no immediate decision about train services will be taken. Is ENR now a hostage of the Morsi trial?

This news item was widely reported on TV and in newspapers on Friday:

ENR announced a state of emergency ahead of demonstrations called by the Muslim Brotherhood from Friday 1st until Monday 4th. These will coincide with the start former President Morsi’s trial. ENR chairman Hussein Zakaria said security at stations and on trains has been tightened. This is to safeguard passengers and staff and to prevent any attempts to stop trains or block railway lines.

Note

From April to November 2013 I kept a news blog about Egyptian Railways, where I translated and summarised articles from the Egyptian (Arabic) press and posted them in English. This was through the period of the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood government, after which train services were suspended for many weeks. This is one of a small number of the 150 blog posts I wrote during that time.

If you have any stories about railways or the Middle East in general that you would like help to write or publish, please get in touch.

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A 3rd class single ticket from el-Shuhuda to Etay el-Barud (via Dinshwai) dated 26th January 1995. (Author)