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Military Council warns against strikes on referendum day in Egypt

The Egyptian military says it will not tolerate any disruption of the planned referendum on constitutional amendments

Hatem Maher , Sunday 13 Mar 2011

Any demonstrations or strikes on 19 March will not be permitted, a source in the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said Sunday.

Egyptians are set to cast their votes next Saturday in the anticipated constitutional referendum amid ongoing security concerns.

Strikes have been rife since former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down on 11 February after a popular 18-day uprising.

“Whoever tries to disrupt the referendum process will be subjected to the laws of thuggery. We aim to have a democratic and civilised voting process during that day,” the military source said.

Citizens will vote on whether to approve the constitutional amendment by a simple “yes” or “no.” The amendments are designed to pave the way for free presidential elections.

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