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February 1, 2023

Protests in Egypt switch to demands on pay

CAIRO – Fresh protests and strikes have flared in Egypt as demonstrators demand better pay and conditions from the country’s new military rulers, BBC reports.

Bank, transport and tourism workers all demonstrated in Cairo after 18 days of protests succeeded in removing President Hosni Mubarak.

The BBC’s Jon Leyne in Cairo says there appears to be a whole series of mini-revolutions going on in the wake of the removal of Mr. Mubarak, a chaotic situation that could go on for months. He says the big challenge now facing the military rulers may be staving off a wave of strikes. The ruling military council has urged people to return to work to try to get the country back to normal. However, it had to instruct banks to remain closed on Monday following the strike threats. The Egyptian stock exchange has also postponed its reopening until Sunday 20 February at the earliest.

Hundreds of bank employees protested outside a branch of the Bank of Alexandria in central Cairo, calling for their managers to resign. Outside the state TV and radio building, hundreds of public transport workers took part in a demonstration, calling for better pay. Many employees blame bosses for what they consider to be huge earnings gaps in companies.

Ambulance drivers parked 70 of their emergency vehicles along a riverside road in a pay protest. Near the Great Pyramids, some 150 tourism industry workers also demanded higher wages. Strikes and protests at other state-owned firms across Egypt have hit the postal, media, textile and steel industries.


Mourners gathered at a marble memorial set up for victims of clashes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Monday as some placed flowers next to pictures of the victims who died over the last three weeks. “Our country is forever indebted to these warriors,” said Maha Nasser, who visited the memorial. In less than three weeks, Egyptians toppled a ruler of almost three decades, saw the military dissolve parliament and helped fuel anti-government protests in Yemen and Algeria. But as citizens adjust to the revolution – and the new military-led government – many questions remain.


At least 17 artifacts from the Egyptian Museum of Cairo are missing following a break-in, the country’s minister of antiquities said Sunday, CNN informs. The missing objects include a gilded wood statue of King Tutankhamun being carried by a goddess; parts of a gilded wood statue of Tutankhamun harpooning; a limestone statue of Akhenaten; a statue of Nefertiti making offerings; a sandstone head of an Amarna princess; a stone statuette of a scribe from Amarna; 11 wooden shabti statuettes of Yuya; and a heart scarab of Yuya.


Iranian police have fired tear gas at opposition demonstrators gathering in central Tehran in support of the protests in Egypt. A BBC producer in the Iranian capital, who was affected by the gas, described central Tehran as “total chaos”. He said “severe clashes” were taking place between protesters and police and there had been many arrests. Iranian police have placed opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi under house arrest, his official website says.

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