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Renewed protests hit Egyptian Museum

Temporary employees picket the museum's main entrance in a drive to ensure the antiquities council's promise of permanent contracts is finally met

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 2 Oct 2011
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Around two hundred temporary employees of the Supreme Council of the Antiquities (SCA) are picketing the front entrance of the Egyptian Museum demanding the quick fulfillment of promises made by their bosses.
 
Newly-appointed SCA secretary general Mostafa Amine earlier on Sunday agreed to grant permanent contracts to temporary employees. 
 
But two hours after his meeting with protesters they were demonstrating once again in front of Cairo's main antiquities collection to ensure Amine's pledge is swiftly implemented.
 
One protester, Mahmoud Ahmed Meselha, told Ahram Online that temporary workers had resumed their protest because they did not believe the promises that had been made.
 
"For the last three months the three previous secretary generals have all promised to appoint us but they never did because of a shortfall in the SCA’s budget,” Meselha said.
 
An employee at the Egyptian Museum who requested anonymity said that protestors had chosen the front entrance to make a strong statement of their presence to Amine and were giving him a week to meet his promise.
 
Amine has said that he will follow through on his pledge.
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Myra
04-10-2011 07:56pm
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Doth Protesth Too Much..
I think that the protesters need to give the SCA time to implement their requests...after all, it's only been 2 hours...do these people have a job? Now they are starting to look like they are being petty and not willing to allow the changes to happen. Have they thought of where the SCA will get money if tourists such as myself do not visit their ancient sites? Personally, I will be taking my business elsewhere in the Middle East to Turkey. It is much friendlier to secular liberals such as myself.
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