CAIRO: Cairo’s downtown metro station of Sadat reopened Saturday after a five-day closure under security measures heightened during the fifth anniversary of 2011 uprising.
The station is situated beneath Tahrir Square, the epicenter of January 25 mass protests against former President Mubarak for 18 days until he stepped down Feb. 11, 2011.
Security bodies intensified presence in streets and around the iconic square last week, in anticipation of clashes or violent acts on the revolution anniversary. Sadat station was closed last week upon a request from security authorities, according to Cairo Metro Company.
Sadat station remained closed for two years following the 2013 dispersal of two sit-ins of supporters of ousted President Mohamed in Cairo that that left hundreds killed and injured. The closure caused commuters in the city of nearly 20 million people to transfer at one station, instead of two, leading to overcrowding during rush hours.
In July 2015, the station was re-opened per a decision by the Transport Police.