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10 Egyptian policemen detained after holding strike

The 10 policemen incited 100 of their peers in the tourism police to illegally protest a new work hour system, the prosecution said

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 26 Dec 2016
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A South Cairo prosecution ordered on Monday the detention of 10 lower-ranking policemen for four days pending investigations into charges including inciting illegal protest and refusing to work, a prosecution statement read.

According to the prosecution, the 10 policemen, along with seven others who are at large, incited 100 of their peers in the tourism police to illegally protest a new work hour system.

The new system stipulates that the policemen can work 12-hour shifts and take 24 hours of time off afterwards.

However, the protesting policemen were in favour of the old system, which stipulated a 24-hour shift followed by 48 hours of time off.

The working hours were changed after they were deemed ineffective, as police personnel became fatigued and unable to properly perform their duties, the prosecution statement added.

The policemen also refused to speak with officers tasked with negotiating the issue and threw rocks at them, the statement added.

An arrest warrant is out for seven other policemen who are believed to have orchestrated the strike.

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