ANHRI: 61 Labor and Social Protests in May 2018

Cairo: 7 June 2018

The Freedom of Expression for Workers and Social Movements program of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) released today its monthly report on labor and social protests during May 2018.

The program observed 61 protests during the month, including 15 labor and professional protests and 46 social protests.

The program said: “During May, the trade union elections took place after a 12-year hiatus, marred by the exclusion of thousands of trade unionists on police bases because of their trade union activity in defending workers’ rights or against the background of their peaceful political activity critical of the existing policies of the current regime”.

“We believe that for the first time we observe the inclination of citizens to use violence directed at public facilities. This is evident in two incidents, one in Kafr El Dawar, as people from Kafr El Dawar in Beheira attacked the drinking water company and smashed some of the items therein in protest against the daily cutting of water during the month of Ramadan, and the second incident was by the group Ultras White Knights, which smashed the bus of Zamalek headed towards Burj Al Arab stadium inside the club by throwing bricks at it. Such incidents are the result of the failure of the administration to interact with the demands of citizens.” the program added.

As for the geographical division of the protests, the index showes that Cairo still comes on top of all the cities in terms of the number of labor and professional protests as well as the number of social protests. The health sector came in first place of labor protests, while suicide came as the top way to express the poor economic and social conditions of other social groups.

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You may also read the report:Labor & Social protests Index in April 2018

or:  Labor & Social protests Index in March 2018

or: Labor & Social protests Index in February 2018

or: Labor & Social protests Index in January 2018