Activists from MENA Solidarity Network visited Cairo and Alexandria 3-8 June to meet activists from the independent unions and hear about the latest developments in the revolution.
Sheila McGregor and Sally Kincaid from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and Anne Alexander and Nadine el-Enany from the University and Colleges Union (UCU) met colleagues from the Independent Teachers’ Union, the Egyptian Teachers’ Federation and the 9th March Movement for the Independence of the Universities, as well as a wide range of activists from other unions affiliated to the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions.
The visit coincided with the sudden revival of massive protests, as hundreds of thousands came out into the streets in protest at the verdicts in the trials of Mubarak and his aides, which many revolutionaries fear will be overturned on appeal. The demonstrations were fuelled by anger at the entry of Mubarak’s last Prime Minister, Ahmed Shafiq into the second round of the presidential elections, raising the prospect of the old regime re-inventing itself at the ballot box.
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