Bahrain, Yemen fighting for democracy

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Sanaa today demanding that the president’s sons leave Yemen: here.

Ahram: Yemeni protesters demand interim council: here.

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Lawyers for three former editors of Bahrain‘s main opposition newspaper told a court on Sunday that they were tricked into printing false news about the monarchy‘s crackdown on protesters as part of a plot to undermine the opposition: here.

Bahrain: 40 south Asian migrant workers sacked and deported for “illegal strike”: here.

Tens of thousands of people rallied in towns across Morocco on Sunday to warn King Mohammed VI that constitutional reforms proposed on Friday do not go far enough: here. And here. And here.

5 thoughts on “Bahrain, Yemen fighting for democracy

  1. Yemeni farm labourers close road to protest fuel shortages

    Farm labourers closed the main Taiz-Aden road this week “in protest against the acute shortage of fuel Yemen has been experiencing for months amid continuous protests calling for change and the departure of the regime,” reported the Yemen Post on June 21.

    Eyewitnesses reported seeing cars queued on the road in Al-Rahida district on Sunday. When they asked about the cause they discovered that the labourers were blocking the road to pressure the government to order filling stations to sell them diesel.

    Yemen Post said, “Yemen has experienced acute fuel and cooking gas shortages as well as day-and-night power outages in the last few weeks that added to other problems mainly blamed on the five-month crisis, including big blows to economic and productive sectors.”

    In addition to the shortages, the price of fuel and other supplies has more than doubled recently.

    Egyptian university faculty to stage sit-in over unmet democratic demands

    The Daily News Egypt reported June 21, “A coalition of faculty members at Egyptian public universities decided Monday to hold a nationwide on-campus open sit-in starting July 3, to push for the resignation of interim Minister of Higher Education, Amr Salama, for ignoring the coalition’s demands.”

    The demands of the faculty members include the resignation of university presidents and faculty deans, for their past allegiance to the former Mubarak regime, the free and fair election of new heads of universities and deans and increasing the state’s education and scientific research budget, according to a statement issued on the group’s Facebook page.

    University professors are also calling for an increase in ministry spending to 3 percent of GDP in order to improve research and administrative conditions in universities.

    The Facebook statement added that the sit-in would continue until all demands are met.

    Military fire on Suez Canal workers’ protests for better wages

    Al Mary Al Youm reported that Suez Canal workers staged protests June 20 and blocked the Port Tewfik road to demand better wages.

    “Traffic on the road was stopped for an hour before the armed forces managed to convince the protesters to end their protest, and promised to resolve their problems within three days.”

    A Reuters June 18 report said that “Egyptian troops fired shots in the air on Saturday to prevent hundreds of protesting workers at the seven Suez Canal Authority subsidiaries from storming into its office in Ismailia, according to witnesses.”

    One eyewitness from Ismailia told Reuters, “The workers were trying to get inside the canal administration office when an officer came out of a tank and fired around 15 shots in the air and dispersed the crowd.”

    Many workers at canal authority offices in Ismailia, Suez and Port Said have been staging protests throughout last week for higher pay and better work conditions. For at least the past two weeks, protesters have been camping outside the headquarters of the Canal Authority in the city of Ismailia, east of Cairo, demanding a 40 percent pay increase.

    Nasr Abdu, a representative of the workers cited by the Associated Press, denied protesters tried to storm the building.

    Suez Canal workers have gone on a series of strikes since the toppling of former president Hosni Mubarak in February.

    A delegation representing workers of the seven companies is currently in Cairo to meet with Ahmed El-Boraie, Egypt’s labour minister.

    On April 19, the labour minister and the head of the Suez Canal Authority reached an agreement to add 40 percent of workers’ bonus payments to their basic pay, remove the bonus ceiling and grant workers an extra daily meal. These decisions, were supposed to be implemented in June but have not been, prompting workers to resume their strike.

    Armed forces also fired live ammunition in the air in the city of Suez in an attempt to force protesting workers from the Suez Arsenal company to end their strike.

    “The army interfered to force us to do the necessary work for a gas tanker to move, essentially ending our strike,” says Nasser Othman, treasurer of the company’s workers’ syndicate. “They were not successful.”

    Thousands of Egyptian Justice Ministry employees strike

    Thousands of employees from the Justice Ministry’s Notary offices across the country took industrial action June 22 to protest the delay in the payment of their monthly bonuses and to call for their authority to be independent from the ministry.

    Tareq Azzouz, spokesperson for notary employees, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that around 480 offices nationwide are organizing an open-ended strike until their bonuses, which constitute 400 percent of their base salaries, are paid. The notary employees have not received their bonuses for two months.

    The ministry employees threatened to stop issuing key documents for judicial purposes, parliamentary and presidential candidates, and the establishment of new political parties.

    Yasmeen Ragab, a notary employee in Cairo, said the registry employs 9,000 people whose livelihood depends on their bonuses.

    Some employees have accused the justice minister of using the notary’s social and health care fund to pay large allowances to the judges and advisers who participated in the referendum on constitutional amendments, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.

    The striking employees also accused the head of their authority of giving preferential treatment to employees in central branches and governorate capitals.


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