An Egyptian riot police officer is seen outside El Sadat metro station at Tahrir square in the center of Cairo, Egypt May 13, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Egypt deployed security forces outside metro stations Sunday, witnesses said, a day after dozens of commuters staged rare protests against fare hikes.Security sources said at least 22 people were detained by police during "limited and sporadic protests" Saturday at several metro stations by commuters demanding the price hikes be reversed. The government says higher fares are needed to keep the loss-making metro running and to finance new extensions being built to serve more of the capital city's 25 million people. The price rises, which came into effect Friday, saw the cost of some metro tickets tripled.The government angered Cairo residents, more than 3 million of whom use the metro every day, when it doubled the price of many metro tickets last year.
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