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Police forcefully disperse workers blocking tracks in Nile Delta

Samanoud factory workers in the Nile Delta are forced to end road closure by security forces; clashes see several injured on both sides

Ahram Online, Saturday 16 Nov 2013
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File photo: Egyptian workers protest.'We want a monthly salary enough to live on 2012 (photo: Mai Shaheen)
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Security forces forcefully dispersed a sit-in by workers of Samanoud for Wool and Weaving Saturday, in Egypt's Gharbiya governorate.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, the workers slept on railway tracks blocking the flow of trains between Tanta and Mansoura for several hours to demand late financial dues.

Security forces deployed after failing to convince the protesting workers to move their sit-in inside the factory, firing tear gas at the strikers and forcing them to return to the factory grounds.

According to media reports, several workers and conscripts were injured in the dispersal.

Head of the Egyptian Workers' Union Abdel-Fatah Ibrahim criticised the government in a statement issued early Saturday, accusing it of being responsible for the escalation by ignoring the workers demands for three months.

Meanwhile, security forces have been deployed around nearby railway tracks and the factory to bar any potential protest breaking out again. Workers were being promised that a memo will be sent to the head of the cabinet to ensure that their demands are met.

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Samantha Criscione
17-11-2013 06:52am
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Hasan's comment, below, expresses the strategy of the Brotherhood and its backers & allies
Hasan's comment below, entitled "Terrorists," reveals precisely the strategy of the Brotherhood and its foreign friends and also its two-faced domestic allies, such as the April 6 movement: to provoke security forces, using open terror (for example, the murder of police and conscripts in Sinai) and black shirt-style violence (the so-called "legitimacy" so-called demonstrations, spearheaded by the Brotherhood's fascist militia) to create an atmosphere in which police and other security forces overreact so that a) the unity against Brotherhood fascism can be split and b) the Egyptian state can be portrayed as brutally repressive in the international media. Was this railroad blocking mishandled by the police? Blocking train lines creates a very difficult situation, but I don't know enough about the real details to say. The problem -- the very difficult problem -- facing Egyptians is how to crush the Brotherhood's fascist-terrorist attack, which is sponsored by external forces (including, by the way, Iran and Turkey) and which is aided by the international media, while dealing with a very difficult economic situation, without also suppressing the working class, which, after all, is the class that rose up against Brotherhood rule, thus saving Egypt from clerical fascism and showing the world that the often-heard argument, that Islam equals Islamism, is a lie. -- Samantha Criscione
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Hasan
16-11-2013 08:30pm
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Terrorists
Yes,Security forces rightly disperce these terrorist from the track and sent back them to the factory.These terrorist are risk fo national security and stability and these must be instigated by MB.These all should be killed and sent to jail. Long live our beloved General , next President of Democratic Egypt, we salute you.
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