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A Year in Review: Strikes and civil disobedience

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2011 was a busy year, with over 1,300 labour protests held. The frustrated workers continued to take to the streets in 2012.


  • There have been over 100 incidents of industrial action in January, 2012. That includes protests, sit-ins and strikes, held mainly by farmers and labourers.
  • The count for February was 92. This month also witnessed an attempt at civil disobedience.
  • In March, there were around 70 protests, strikes or sit-ins.
  • A reported number of 270 protests in April.  This includes political protests, industrial action and student protests.
  • There was a total number of protests held in May was 206.
  • In June  157 protests were reported.
  • In July, numbers exceeded 500 with 566 protests.
  • In August the number dropped to 410.
  • The number of protests rose again in September, with the start of the new academic year, to 615.
  • There were a total of 507 protests in October.
  • November witnessed over 300 protests.
  • There have been at least seven protests in December in addition to another attempt at civil disobedience.

Figures provided by Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) and Revolutionary Socialists.

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