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Egypt: Students demand freedom for jailed colleagues

Protests continued across Egyptian university campuses last week, as revolutionary activists organised rallies in commemoration of the battle of Mohamed Mahmoud Street in 2011 and mobilised in solidarity with jailed colleagues. A march organised by the “Revolutionaries” coalition in Cairo on the anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud protests drew thousands into the streets. The clashes…

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Egypt: Military crackdown targets universities

Egyptian universities have witnessed a new wave of repression in recent weeks, as the country’s military rulers attempt to quell student protests. Riot police stormed Al-Azhar University in Cairo to crush demonstrations in support of deposed president Mohamed Morsi on 30 October. Alexandria, Cairo, Ain Shams and Mansoura Universities have also witnessed waves of protest…

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Event: MENA Solidarity Activists’ Workshop 29 June

MENA Solidarity Network – Activists’ Workshop 1 – 3.30pm – 29 June 2013 Bloomsbury Suite, University of London Union, Malet Street, WC1E 7HY Two years after the ‘Arab Spring’ began, the explosive combination of neo-liberalism and political repression continues to spark massive popular protests. MENA Solidarity’s Activists’ Workshop will be an opportunity to hear first-hand…

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Egypt: Disabled education workers appeal for solidarity after sit-in attacked

Hundreds of disabled education workers in Zagazig, capital of Sharqiyya province in Egypt, are appealing for solidarity after their sit-in was attacked by the police last week. The workers, who are employed by the Education Department as teachers and administrators on poverty pay are demanding permanent contracts. Umran al-Khalifa told MENA Solidarity Network that the…

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Tunisia: School teachers to strike against privatisation and low pay

By Maggie Falshaw [Update: 19 April - solidarity message from UCU members at Westminster Kingsway college] School teachers in Tunis are planning one day strikes in secondary and primary schools on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 25th April respectively. The strikers’ demands are for a pay increase, as rampant inflation has considerably lowered the value of…

Lebanon: All-out public sector strike continues, teachers escalate action

By Bassem Chit, Beirut Monday 25 February 2013 The Lebanese Trade Union Coordination Committee (TUCC) is still continuing its open strike for the seventh day, Public sector employees, public schools teachers, and private school teachers have been on strike since last Tuesday 19/2/2013. Sit-ins and protests are being held on a daily basis infront of…