"There goes the Suez Canal to Large Crude Carrier !"
SUEZ, Egypt -- Thousands of Egyptian protesters stormed the main police station Friday in the port city of Suez, overwhelming security authorities and raising an even bigger challenge to the embattled regime of President Hosni Mubarak.The protesters freed prisoners from the city jail and destroyed armored police vehicles, then sacked the building and looted its contents.
The demonstrators emerged from Friday prayers at mosques in Suez and confronted police officers outside the station. Police fired at the demonstrators, who then surged forward to take over the station. The protesters dragged fleeing riot officers off their motorbikes and seized their batons and equipment.They also set at least a half-dozen armored vehicles on fire.This reporter witnessed the scene as the Egyptian government lost control.After storming the police station, protesters removed its contents: refrigerators, desks, files and other equipment.
"Over 35 million barrels per day (bbl/d) pass through the relatively narrow shipping lanes and pipelines discussed below. These routes are known as chokepoints due to their potential for closure. Disruption of oil flows through any of these export routes could have a significant impact on world oil prices."