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Egypt's military council issues stern warnings to strikers and satellite stations

The ruling military council told prime minister Sharaf that his cabinet must take tough measures to halt spreading strikes and protests by workers, and to curb Satellite TV stations

Ahram Online, Mostafa Ali, Thursday 8 Sep 2011
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Field Marshal Tantawi, head of Egypt's military council
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The ruling military council met for three hours last night with Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and his cabinet to discuss what a cabinet spokeperson described as a “deteriorating security situation”.

The meeting comes at the end of a tumultuous week politically, which threatens to derail the military council’s plans to hold stabilizing parliamentary elections later this year.

In the last few days, thousands of workers such as postal employees have begun a series of economic strikes that disrupted production across the nation and others such as Doctors and 22,000 textile workers are planning to join the strike wave at the beginning of next week.

Meanwhile, Revolutionary youth groups such as 6 of April Movement continue to mobilize for a massive rally to take place in Tahrir square on 9 September to challenge army use of military courts against civilians.

Last Tuesday, police violently dispersed fans of the country’s largest football team, Ahly, at the end of an otherwise uneventful Egypt cup game, and chased hundreds of team supporters in streets around the stadium for hours.

The council issued six directives for Sharaf to follow immediately.

First, the cabinet will use all legal means to prosecute what the council described as all and any acts of thuggery.

Second, the cabinet will support all police efforts to maintain peace.

Third, the cabinet will intervene to halt all strike actions, and it will enforce a law it passed last spring, which criminalizes certain strikes that disrupt public life.

Fourth, Sharaf will not negotiate with strikers over any demands until workers halt their workplace actions.

Fifth, Sharf will suspend issuing new licenses to Satellite television stations.

Sixth, the cabinet will start legal procedures to review licenses it issued to any Satellite television network that incites violence and protests.

The minister of information in Sharaf’s cabinet,Osama Haikal, briefed reporters on the council’s instructions at the end of the joint meeting. Haikal said that the military council remains committed to freedom of expression and media.

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omar
11-09-2011 01:15am
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it's the POLITICS stupid
We've had free zones and investment and privatisation and business elites and lots of fancy hotels and mercedes under Sadat AND Mubarak - how long is that? 45 years? And we're still poor and disorganised and undeveloped. So wake up PLEASE! The US, UK, France have had their revolutions and civil wars, that's why their people have a say now, that's why they are wealthy, that's why they have the power to colonise us. So wake up PLEASE!
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boris
09-09-2011 06:47pm
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it is the ECONOMY, stupid!
The solution for building a new vibrant prosperous Egypt lies in developing strong economy. Demonstrating for months will only drain the few remaining resources of the country and drive away the last packs of investors and tourists. It is time to acknowledge - and journalists have a special role to play in it - that nobody in the world will care about Egypt if it remains poor, disorganized and undeveloped.
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Openyoureyes
09-09-2011 02:29pm
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End dictatorship
The military ruling the country for over 50 years now, and it is like if people notice it only today... Soldiers please defend the borders and, inside it, leave the people decide upon their future alone.
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richard
08-09-2011 03:47pm
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Strikes
It is reassuring that the Military Council is finally showing decisiveness and resolve. Thuggish elements must be reined in and firmly dealt with.
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Kangaroo
08-09-2011 01:09pm
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Shooting the Messenger?
Are we "shooting the menssenger" by punishing television networks?
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incommon
08-09-2011 12:25pm
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#SCAF Dictatorship
It is becoming increasingly clear that SCAF are the replacement Dictatorship ruling Egypt. Surely both SCAF & Sharaf know this is no solution for building a new vibrant prosperous Egypt ...
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