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Egyptian workers defy repression

Issue No. 2139

Egyptian security forces have launched a campaign of intimidation against supporters of Palestine.

In one high profile arrest, activist Philip Rizk was bundled into a van by police and held for five days at a secret location.

Another activist, Diaa Eddin Gad, was also grabbed by state security as he left his home. Both were seized after they held a procession for Palestine through the Egyptian countryside.

Both men have since been released.

Meanwhile two bloggers, Ahmed Douma and Ahmed Kamal, were jailed for one year by a military court after they illegally crossed into Gaza to report on the Israeli war.

A leading opposition politician, Magdi Hussein, was handed a two year sentence for a similar offence.

The crackdown on the internet activists and bloggers is a new twist for a state that regularly rounds up activists belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, the main opposition movement in the country.

But despite the latest round of repression, the strike wave that began at the giant textile mill in Mahalla el-Kubra in December 2007 continues.

Lorry drivers and pharmacists were the latest groups of workers on strike this week.

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Tue 17 Feb 2009, 18:16 GMT
Issue No. 2139
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