Mubarak Has Gone But The Strikes Go On

Had an article Published by the lovely folk at newmatilda.com, about the role of organised labour in Egypt’s ongoing revolution.

While the west may be under the impression that the revolution in Egypt is over, on the ground, it looks like it’s just getting started.

Protests by Coptic Christians and feminists as well as ongoing demonstrations by a hard core of democracy activists have continued. All have been met with violent reactions. The size of these protests, however, is dwarfed by the labour actions, strikes, protests — and even boss-nappings — that have taken place across the country following Mubarak’s resignation. This has put the workers on a collision course with the armed forces who currently rule the country and who have issued a decree re-affirming the illegality of such actions.

When asked whether it was because the army high command had links to the business elite, Egyptian journalist Ahmed Atteya told New Matilda, “they are the business elite”. He described close links between business, the armed forces, and the National Democratic Party (whose head office overlooking Tahrir Square is now a burnt out shell), with generals trading khaki for pinstripe…

Read the rest here.

About Austin G. Mackell

I am a freelance journalist who has worked for a variety of corporate and community outlets from my hometown of Sydney and from the Middle East, including from Lebanon during Israels 2006 invasion and from Iran during the tumultuous presidential elections there in 2009. I have recently moved to Cairo to watch the revolutions in Arab world unfold.
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4 Responses to Mubarak Has Gone But The Strikes Go On

  1. omar says:

    hey austin
    here is omar the syrian guy u met in the tahrir sq

    i like ur album🙂
    thanks 4 share it
    by the way the first pic they r Syrians not Egyptians trying 2 hang syrian flag😀
    take care wish 2 see more😉

  2. Hi Omar! great to hear form you… but i think you meant this comment for another post… the one after this about Tahrir….

  3. Nick Tesoriero says:

    Comrade-i stumbled upon your blog the other day, and gotsta say i was both impressed, and felt a tinge of pride that a former co-conspirator from the Newspoll delo’s network is still up to no good. Your focus on the ongoing ferment in egypt, especially from the point of view of labour, is encouraging, especially in light of the mixed messages we seem to be getting on the other side of the world about the extent to which the struggle continues.

    Will continue to check in on your musings-revolutionary greeting from down under!

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