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Friday, August 4, 2017

Court jails 50 policemen over strike


An Egyptian court has jailed 50 policemen for three years after convicting them on charges related to a strike earlier this year , state media reported.

The low - ranking policemen were also fined 6 ,000 pounds (roughly $ 330 ) by the South Sinai court on Thursday, the state- owned Al- Ahram newspaper reported on its website.

The policemen had gone on strike in January to protest reduced holidays and allegedly “threatened violence” against superior officers , the newspaper said.

Egyptian policemen held several demonstrations and strikes after the 2011 overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak .

The authorities have shown little tolerance for protests since the army toppled Mubarak ’s Islamist successor Mohamed Morsi in 2013 , unleashing a bloody crackdown on his followers and a deadly jihadist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula.

AFP

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