Egypt’s new military regime to effectively outlaw strikes

By Reuters
Sunday, February 13, 2011 18:19 EDT
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CAIRO – Egypt’s new military rulers will issue a warning on Monday against anyone who creates “chaos and disorder,” an army source said.

The Higher Military Council will also ban meetings by labor unions or professional syndicates, effectively forbidding strikes, and tell all Egyptians to get back to work after the unrest that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

The army will also say it acknowledges and protects the right of people to protest, the source said.

Protesters argued heatedly in Tahrir Square over whether to stay or comply with army orders to leave. “The people want the square cleared,” one group chanted. “We will not leave, we will not leave,” replied another.

Police officers, emboldened by Mubarak’s downfall, gathered outside the Interior Ministry to demand higher pay. Warning shots were fired in the air. No one was hurt.

Workers from the health and culture ministries staged demonstrations as Egyptians began venting pent-up frustrations.

Thousands of workers have staged strikes, sit-ins and protests over pay and conditions at firms and government agencies in fields such as steel, textiles, telecoms, railways, post offices, banks and oil and pharmaceutical companies.

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  • Anonymous

    No strikes… Must be republicans… do they lie also?
    It seems just like the democracy that Hitler and Stalin had.



  • Anonymous

    It looks like we are going to see a another military man in charge of the country.

  • Anonymous

    Presumably on this … the army has gotten the Go-Ahead from its puppeteers.

    Anybody know ?


    Oh oh….Now the POLICE are demonstrating in Egypt! I’m beginning to think that the Freedom Revolution has opened a can of worms that won’t be closed for a generation.

  • Anonymous

    the only reason people are still protesting and striking is because they dont feel like they are being heard, and they want a say in the new democratic govt they helped start.

    the army needs to spend less time figuring out how to make them stop, and more time figuring out what they all want.

    and the people all need keep the momentum by rallying together and choosing representatives to talk and sort it out, so the common citizens dont feel like they have to keep the protests going.

    so far the army isnt inspiring me(or the people still on the streets, obviously) with any confidence.

    30 years of corruption, with roots stretching back much farther no doubt, is a LOT to fix… a bumpy start seems normal.. lets just hope it doesnt get any rockier.

  • http://isochroma.wordpress.com/ Your Future

    Looks like the Egyptian people are going to get what their fake ‘revolution’ was always going to produce – another US-supported puppet regime which will maintain the status quo and keep the class and wealth divide between the majority of have-nots and the minority of super-rich parasites.

  • Anonymous

    The indications are hard to read. With the suspension of the constitution, the clampdown disallowing labour union and association meetings, one is not impressed. The Egyptian military is beholden to the U.S. for significant funding http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/politics/us-foreign-aid.htm (a part of the peace treaty that is so singularly important in maintaining to both the U.S. and Israel, as it allows Israel to act without reproach for illegal human rights violations, territorial usurpation, and civil rights violations. These bribes then behoved the military and government of Egypt, to their own enrichment, to become the anvil to Israel’s hammer in Gaza.) for over 30 years now, and the umbilical cord will not be easily severed.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    New boss same as the old boss (Western business interests, USA and Israel).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-W-Roads/629696293 Chris W Roads

    Oh shit..you thought you were free and then BOOM your a slave again

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    I believe strongly that the Egyptian status quo, with the help of Netanyahu and Obama, are playing a game of “Bait & Switch.” One clown does not a circus make. Mubarak is gone. So what? His army and his apparatchiks remain. Mubarak could be on vacation for all we know. Who says he has to stand on a palace balcony and proclaim his dictatorship? He could just as easily do it on a cell phone. As long as he holds the reins of power he doesn’t need to make personal appearances. Call me skeptical but I’m too old: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  • Anonymous

    The military dictatorship says you can protest but you have to go back to work and you can’t strike. The military dictatorship says you can protest but you must clear the square, meanwhile the government has to report to the military. They have effectively changed one military dictatorship or another. But as long as the Suez Canal remains open the US and their allies in the gulf region will be happy.

    The people of Egypt like, the people everywhere, will continue to try to subsist on as little as $1 a day and Goldman Sachs will continue to drive up food prices by buying and holding commodity place orders, while the well meaning dolts in the “Ron Paul is GOD” cult will continue to blame the rising price of food on “the Fed” and the US government will continue to refuse to count food prices in the inflation index holding down any Social Security COL increases while forcing more an more old people to make the choice between medicine and food.

    Meanwhile the smaller government types will claim endlessly that the private sector can supply better care, better medication, better dental, and better eye wear than anything the government can possibly provide. Because the best way to provide services for those in need is for everybody to just give it for free I guess!


    I’ve never seen a ‘people’ achieve anything lasting……this is what a Leader does. The leader (whomever) becomes the sharp focus of what the hollering is all about. He holds the lever to exert the peoples power. I haven’t seen a ‘leader’ for the people emerge in 19 revolutionary Egyptian days…. ( Fidel Castro took Cuba over in a weekend.) The Military is tiring of the uncertainty.

  • Anonymous

    Authoritarian anti-democratic scum.

  • godistwaddle

    Channels Roger Daltrey: Meet the new boss…

  • Anonymous

    Be careful what you wish for… I can only be hopeful about this situation of the military does away with emergency law.

  • Anonymous

    If the military forbids strikes and protects the right to protest, how in the hell does that work?

    Abbott and Costello had an act like that.

  • Anonymous

    uh oh.

  • Anonymous

    I bet the people have something to say that is different.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6VIII2XPU4HUPLANTLEJGSYN7A jARED

    But… but… Moses… er FACEBOOK led the slaves to freedom?

  • morty62

    The army IS the regime and has been for 60 years. The military has been in charge since Nassar took power. All of the leaders since him have come from the military, including Sadat. They were willing to ease Mubarak out, but will dig in when the protesters start to demand civilian rule. This is far from over and will end badly I’m afraid.

  • Anonymous

    the uprisings have been about low pay and high prices since day 1 not mubarak and democracy as the media wants it to be

    things are going to get ugly since swapping figure heads is a lot easier than forcing the fat to update their databases with ethical rates

  • Anonymous

    This is bullsh*t! The Egyptian people didn’t fight and die in this revolution only to get a military dictatorship. And the minute the military thinks they can “ban meetings by labor unions or professional syndicates, effectively forbidding strikes, and to tell all Egyptians to get back to work”, on behalf of the wealthy classes, that is exactly what they’ve got.

    In a country where 40 percent of the people live in poverty the true “chaos and disorder” is actually an economic system that supports only the wealthy classes and which is heavily protected by armed thugs of various kinds (and has been for far too long). And armed thugs happens to include the entire military apparatus — beginning with Generals al-Naguib and Nasser in the 1950′s who used the military to crush labor strikes, and round up union representatives — who were then tortured and killed by the Mukhabarat (Egyptian Intelligence).

    No, with this bullsh*t decree, it is clear that the Egyptian people obviously need to tell the military “leadership” to f*ck off immediately, and continue all-out with their Revolution. This includes their labor union, professional syndicate, and any other damn kind of meetings they want to have, their strikes, their marches, their occupations of public spaces, and their determined fight for dignity for ALL of their people.

  • Anonymous

    Good luck and best wishes protestors!

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    It’s a bit early to give up on the Egyptians I think. Obviously whomever is in the leadership position is going to want everybody to get back to work while the difficult process of designing a transition to freedom and democracy gets underway. It is not reasonable to assume that a very longstanding and pervasive dictatorship can be dismantled in eighteen days. The restructuring, if it happens, is going to take some time. The institutional framework for democracy doesn’t exist at all – can’t just wave a wand, sorry. Let us see an end to torture, and arbitrary detention, release of political prisoners, and the establishment of a consultative process. Undoubtedly there will be setbacks as well as advances. The Egyptian people have shown themselves to be capable of astonishing achievements – and I don’t mean just the antiquities. The military have promised a transition, not a transformation, and they are, after all, military men – they aren’t going to behave like a hippy collective. I say give them a chance to show they are acting in good faith – we have all seen what they are up against if they don’t.

  • Anonymous

    The last thing the Egyptian people should accept right now is any kind command banning them from holding meetings or going on strike. This has nothing to do with “transition”, but with the military’s “leadership” and their transparent desire to maintain the status quo for the wealthy classes of Egypt. Because the fact is, the top brass of Egypt’s military command is part and parcel of that same privileged class. And, when this “leadership” immediately starts trying to ban labor union meetings of the people (or ANY kind of meetings they want to have for that matter) the people need to tell them to f*ck off. Period.

    These people have fought and died for freedom and democracy — and that starts NOW — not after “institutional restructuring” at some later date. All four of their dictators came from the military: General Mohammad al-Naguib (1952-55), General Gamal Abdel Nasser (1955-70), General Anwar al-Sadat (1970-81) and the last tyrant, General Hosni Mubarak (1981-2011). They need to push back hard with everything they’ve got, and do it immediately! Because if they don’t, they could wind up with yet another military dictatorship.

  • Anonymous

    They swallowed the bait all right. The Egyptian military tacticians are working with Obama’s “change you can believe in” PR team right now.

  • Anonymous

    Egyptian Military Takes Control, Moves to Ban Strikes
    Egyptian military officials moved to clear the remaining few dozen protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Monday, and also were expected to effectively ban strikes. http://www.newslook.com/videos/290463-egyptian-military-takes-control-moves-to-ban-strikes?autoplay=true

  • Anonymous

    In a class stratified and poverty-ridden country a strong labor movement and labor party (born in union meeting hall) is the key to a more fair distribution of wealth and power. Once the demonstrations are over or the shooting stops all revolutions become purely political creatures and by controlling the political possibilities (by interfering with the consolidation of power among the various political factions) the new nation can be constructed in advance of the actual voting.

    To ban meetings and specifically labor/union meetings is an indication that the military, and the (Business, foreign?) allies of the military do not want a strong labor party or a dismantling of the class structure. The status-quo of some people being wealthy and powerful while many others languish in poverty is OK with somebody.

    Why after all are unions and the labor movement in America historically vilified and stifled? Why do we have the greatest disparity in wealth distribution since the Gilded Age in America and a labor movement that can only claim 11% of the working population? Any correlation there?

  • Anonymous

    Very well said.

  • Anonymous

    militaries never do well without orders.

    why would anyone want to emulate Cuba?


    Surpising…with everyone (not me) whining for Obama to show more ‘leadership’ when he does he’s labled a Red a bully or worse. (Castro is just an ego-maniac who’s worn out his rant. He has achieved less than nothing.)

  • Anonymous

    “The Higher Military Council will also ban meetings by labor unions or professional syndicates, effectively forbidding strikes,”

    well now it’s time to start thinking about getting rid of the higher military council and get a civilian leadership in there asap. also, who the hell would consider such an anti-strike policy to be anything less than an authoritarian regime under a new name.
    though admittedly, they are seeming to move in a good direction overall, this news about banning meetings of labor is very bad news indeed.

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    And that’s exactly what I’ve begun calling them too — Zionazim. And boy is HuffPo selling the Egyptian scam. I’ve seen them become less and less secretive about their role in controlling the message for the Zionazim. But now, they’re totally out of the closet and it never was a “progressive” one.