CAIRO - Egypt's new military rulers will issue a warning on Monday against anyone who creates "chaos and disorder", an army source said.
The Higher Military Council will also ban meetings by labor unions or professional syndicates, effectively forbidding strikes, and tell all Egyptians to get back to work after the unrest that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
The army will also say it acknowledges and protects the right of people to protest, the source said.
Protesters argued heatedly in Tahrir Square over whether to stay or comply with army orders to leave. "The people want the square cleared," one group chanted. "We will not leave, we will not leave," replied another.
Police officers, emboldened by Mubarak's downfall, gathered outside the Interior Ministry to demand higher pay. Warning shots were fired in the air. No one was hurt.
Workers from the health and culture ministries staged demonstrations as Egyptians began venting pent-up frustrations.
Thousands of workers have staged strikes, sit-ins and protests over pay and conditions at firms and government agencies in fields such as steel, textiles, telecoms, railways, post offices, banks and oil and pharmaceutical companies.
Egypt declared Monday a bank holiday after workers disrupted operations at the country's main state banks.
Protest organizers were forming a Council of Trustees to defend the revolution and urge swift reform from a military intent on restoring law and order during the transition.
Mahmoud Nassar, a youth movement leader, said: "The army has moved far along to meet the people's demands and we urge it to release all political prisoners who were taken before and after January 25 revolution. Only then will we call off the protests."
Monday, February 14, 2011
Hope and Change: Egypt's New Military Leaders To Ban Unions, Strikes
Is this the kind of democracy the left have been so excited about? It seems that the left can't think through the cause and effect part of policy and politics. We all know what the Muslims will do with freedom and the left-wing in Egypt if they gain power. It's nice to see Obama cheering for the Egyptian people. But I wonder why Obama isn't cheering on the Iranian people? That one has a chance of turning out good for the people and us if that regime falls. I can't figure out why Obama hasn't said anything to promote or nudge the Iranian protesters. It turns out that Wiki leaks outed the US for helping the Egyptian revolution for some time now. That doesn't look good to our friendly nations now does it? But who needs friends when we have so many more enemies now. I sure wish someone would have ask what Obama meant by "Change". It seems that no matter what Obama touches, it turns to crap. We are only starting to find out what this administration has been involved with in the Middle East. It seems that this administration has been community organizing on a global scale. Too bad it hasn't been working out for We the People.