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Low-ranking policemen protest at Giza Security Directorate as strike expands

A strike among low-ranking policemen appears to be gathering pace in several governorates across Egypt

Ahram Online, Saturday 8 Feb 2014
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Tens of low-ranking policemen staged a protest in front of Giza Security Directorate Saturday as a strike of among policemen in several Egyptian governorates seemed to grow.

Like in other governorates, the protesters demanded to be treated equally with other police officers, who they claim are not subject to the same levels of danger.

Leading the movement, Saeed El-Shahawy was quoted by Al-Ahram's Arabic news website as saying that protesters would stage a sit-in in front of the Giza Security Directorate until their demands are met.

Hundreds of low-ranking police officers went on strike Saturday in at least seven Egyptian governorates, including Upper Egypt’s Qena, Beni Sueif (around 100 kilometres south of Cairo), and Nile Delta's Menoufiya governorate to protest poor working conditions and low wages.

The protests and strikes, called for by the general association for low-ranking police officers, come after a law on protests was enacted recently stipulating that demonstations not authorised by the police are punishable.

The law has been enforced against a number of activists and supporters of ousted Islamists president Mohamed Morsi. It is yet to be seen if it will be enforced against the police themselves.

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