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April 6 movement condems violence against striking Suez workers

April 6 Ahmed Maher Front condemns violent dispersal of Suez Steel strike; Manpower Minister Abou Eita promises to work on release of arrested workers

Ahram Online , Tuesday 13 Aug 2013
Minister of manpower Kamal Abu Eita
Minister of manpower Kamal Abu Eita (Photo:Randa Ali)
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The April 6 Youth Movement (Ahmed Maher Front) has condemned the violence by security forces used to disperse a sit-in by striking workers at a steel factory sit-in on Monday. 

The movement asserted the right of workers to peaceful protests and strikes, in accordance with the law and international agreements and treaties. In their statement released on Tuesday they also demand the interim government resolve workers' issues and meet demands instead of using force to disperse them.

"We condemn the use of violence to disperse the peaceful strike and we demand the interim presidency and government release the workers that have been detained during the sit-in's dispersal and allow them to return to their work immediately," the statement said.

The April 6 Youth movement also demanded an immediate investigation to hold accountable those responsible for dispersing the strike by force.

The striking Suez Steel company workers tried to block the highway from Suez to Ain Sokhna, but were dispersed. Military police also arrested two workers leading the strike.

Manpower Minister Kamal Abou Eita, a long time labour activist, has promised to work on releasing the two workers and to head to Suez to investigate the events and support the workers' demands.

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Samantha Criscione
13-08-2013 01:30pm
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Fast response by Egyptian government!
As someone who wrote a comment condemning the arrests of those workers yesterday, let me say this is a very encouraging reaction to those arrests by Minister of manpower Kamal Abu Eita. No beating around the bush -- immediate investigation. How many of the governments which have been lecturing Egypt would even deign to notice the arrest of striking workers? -- Samantha Criscione
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abdulrahman
27-08-2013 04:18am
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Self Serving Dictatorship
This is a dictatorship arising from the coup. Haven't your realized that this government have no qualms about massacring thousands of protesters, mass arrests/detention of opposition leaders on bogus charges and clamping freedom of media. It is living up according to your taste. Congrats and best wishes to Egyptians who supported the coup.
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