Egypt: Workers Demand More Pay, Clash with Police

Under Egyptian law, people found guilty of inciting or organizing demonstrations without permission face jail terms of up to one year and hefty fines.  However, hundreds have gathered in downtown Cairo to protest against Egypt’s high unemployment rate and the government’s failure to increase the national minimum wage.  Workers’ groups say the government’s eagerness to attract foreign investment has increasingly exposed the jobless to exploitation.

Egyptian Workers Demand More Pay, 2 May 2010

Clashes Continue After Two Days of Protests in Cairo, 3 May 2010

The first video was produced for Al Jazeera; the second one, for the Daily News Egypt.  See, also, Lina Attalah, “Workers, Activists Demand National Minimum Wage” (Al-Masry Al-Youm, 2 May 2010); and Pakinam Amer, “Labor Leader Nagi Rashad: A Profile” (Al-Masry Al-Youm, 2 May 2010).

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