Army urges protesters to end strikes

Nourhan El-Abbassy, Monday 14 Feb 2011

In its fifth communique the Egyptian army has stated that Egyptians should end their ongoing strikes to help the military achieve their goals, instead of obstructing it

Workers protest
Egyptian public transportation protest in front of the national TV building, demanding better wages and work conditions.(Photo: AP/Khalil Hamra)

In reaction to the massive labour protests in Egypt, in its fifth communique the Egyptian army has stated that Egyptians should end their ongoing strikes to help the military achieve their goals, instead of obstructing it.

The military spokesperson affirmed that such strikes create a negative impact and disrupt production. This hinders the interests of citizens and has a damaging effect on the Egyptian economy.

The army demands that every person focus on work and production rather than protests.

The statement came in response to growing labour strikes and protests in both public and private sectors in Egypt. Many analysts have expressed their fear that the army's statements may come in the way of a continuous revolution in Egypt calling for democracy.

Protests in Egypt started in January 25th calling for an end to Mubarak's regime and forced the president to step down on February 11. However activists say this was the first step towards democracy, other demands include ending the notorious 30 years old emergency law, and the immediate release of political prisoners.
 

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