Tens of thousands of Egyptian teachers and supporters march on Cabinet

Ahram Online, Saturday 24 Sep 2011

Huge numbers of teachers and their supporters, estimated to exceed 100,000, totally block downtown Cairo as they march on the Cabinet headquarters

Teachers march at Cabinet
Teachers demonstrate in front Cabinet (Photo: Mai Sheheen)

Tens of thousands of striking school teachers started marched Saturday on the Council of Ministers headquarters, joined by many others in a show of solidarity.

The march called for the sacking of the minister of education, Ahmed Gamaleddin Mousa, and for better working conditions for Egypt’s teachers.

A number of Central Security Forces (CSF) trucks are parked on hold near the route of the march. The march blocked traffic on down town Cairo's Kasr El-Aini Street and all surrounding sidestreets.  

Egypt’s teachers have been on strike for one week demanding that the government implement a LE1200 monthly minimum wage, release a 200 per cent productivity bonus promised to public sector workers, and discontinue merit tests, among other demands.

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