Egypt Daily Update: 50 Policemen Sentenced for Labor Strike

August 4, 2017

50 Policemen Sentenced for Labor Strike

Two Killed, Three Wounded in Attack near Luxor

Cartoon of the Day: What’s Your Opinion on the Reforms?

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50 Policemen Sentenced for Labor Strike

A South Sinai court sentenced [Ar] fifty policemen to three years in prison on Thursday for organizing a strike [Ar] to improve their working conditions in January. The court also terminated 40 of the defendants from their jobs, and fined them 500 Egyptian pounds each. The policemen were charged with illegal assembly, sabotage of state assets, and endangering citizens after holding a two-day strike in January at the South Sinai security directorate.

The police officers held the strike on January 9 and 10 to object to a decision by the Ministry of Interior to reduce their vacation days and increase their work hours. Under the change, police officers work 12 hours a day, for 20 days a month, with 10 days of leave. Previously, police officers had worked 15 days a month and received 15 days of leave. Security forces dispersed the strike using tear gas and arrested 87 policemen, 50 of whom were referred to trial, while the other 37 were referred to internal investigation.


Two Killed, Three Wounded in Attack near Luxor

A police officer and a civilian were killed [Ar] in a militant attack on a police patrol in the city of Esna in Luxor governorate late Thursday night. Three others were injured. The Egyptian Ministry of Interior said in a statement that a police patrol had stopped an unrelated vehicle on the road, and two gunmen ambushed the patrol while they were stopped. One of the attackers was arrested, while the other escaped. Security forces recovered two automatic rifles and three boxes of ammunition. The attack has not been claimed by any group, but attacks on security forces are common from the ISIS-affiliated group Wilayat Sinai and also from Hassm, a militant group thought to have connections with Muslim Brotherhood splinter groups.


Cartoon of the Day: What’s Your Opinion on the Reforms?

“So tell me… what’s your opinion on the reforms?”
Abdallah
 Al-Masry Al-Youm – 08/04/2017


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