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Doctors in Egypt ready for strike against police brutality

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Issue 2492
Doctors in Egypt vote in a mass meeting
Doctors in Egypt vote in a mass meeting

Doctors across Egypt held protests last Saturday against police brutality. They stood silently outside their workplaces with protest signs for an hour before starting their shifts.

Facilities in Cairo, Alexandria, Sohag, Suez, Assiut, Fayoum, Luxor, Damietta and other governorates all saw demonstrations.

Such action requires courage under the regime of dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Doctors are responding to vicious assaults and arrests by police in Cairo who were outraged when medical staff refused to alter a report in their favour.

Further action is planned to win prosecution of the police and the resignation of the health minister.

A strike is timetabled for the end of February and doctors will treat people free of charge starting this Saturday to show solidarity with patients.

The syndicate has called on private sector physicians to show support by either closing their clinics or providing free treatment on 19 March, Egypt’s national doctors’ day.

Middle East Solidarity dayschool, Sat 12 March, Soas, Thornhaugh St, London. Speakers include Omar Barghouti, Ala’a Shehabi, Sameh Naguib, Joseph Daher, Muzna al-Na’ib, Anne Alexander, Adam Hanieh and others. More at on.fb.me/1QValVa

Chinese steel plant shut down

Striking workers shut down the state-run Ansteel Lianzhong stainless steel factory in Guangzhou, China, last week. After laying off some workers, bosses cut pay below the minimum wage.

The official trade union accepted bosses’ demands, but several hundred workers struck and shut down production.

Unions in Britain are trying to block Chinese steel imports and blaming Chinese competition for job losses here.

But steel workers in both countries have a common interest in fighting bosses’ cuts.


Morocco set for general strike

Workers in Morocco were set to hold a general strike on Wednesday over changes to pensions and government cuts in fuel subsidies. It includes both public and private sector workers.

Members of the four largest unions in the country are taking part.

“The government says these are reforms, but we call it corruption,” said Miloudi Moukharik, the leader of the Moroccan Labour Union, the country’s largest union.

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