By Charlie Kimber
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Workers defy Egyptian regime in Mahalla strike

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Issue 2437

The repressive Egyptian regime continues its attacks on activists as the fourth anniversary of the start of the 2011 revolution approaches this weekend.

But even though the counter-revolutionary repression is vicious and widespread, it has not wholly eliminated workers’ organisation.

Some 7,000 workers at the Mahalla Holding Company for Spinning and Weaving in Mahalla returned to work on Saturday after a four-day strike. 

They had received concessions on some of their demands over pay and other issues.

Film-maker Ken Loach, Communication Workers’ Union general secretary Billy Hayes, socialist activist and journalist Eamonn McCann and leading academics have signed a statement condemning the clamp down on opposition. It was published in the Guardian last week. 

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A series of protests have been organised by Egyptian activists for this Sunday, 25 January, assemble 1pm-4pm. Egyptian Embassy, 26 South Street, London W1K 1DW. Conference: The Arab Uprisings Four Years On. Friday 13 February, 6pm and Saturday 14 February, 10am, organised by MENA Solidarity, Egypt Solidarity Initiative and BahrainWatch. Details at


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