Public transportation driver arrested after declaring solidarity with detained colleagues

Adham Youssef
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An Egyptian man holds a sign calling for a higher minimum wage during a protest outside the parliament building in downtown Cairo on May 2, 2010. Several hundred protesters demonstrated outside government offices in central Cairo, demanding a monthly minimum wage of 1,200 pounds (218 US dollars) amid a heavy police presence. (AFP PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI)

A driver named Ali Metwally was detained on Sunday by unknown individuals, according to his colleagues in the Public Transportation Authority (PTA) who accused the National Security apparatus of arresting him without a prosecution warrant.

Metwally was a former driver in the authority but is active in the labour circles around the workers. He was one of the leading figures, calling for a strike if the demands presented by the drivers are not met.

The drivers told Daily News Egypt that Metwally was arrested at dawn from his home

He declared his solidarity with the six labour leaders who were arrested at the beginning of the week. The prosecution ordered the detention of Tarek Moustafa, Tarek Al-Beihry, Ayman Mahmoud, Mohamed Soliman, Mohamed Awadallah, and Ahmed Mahmoud for another 15 days. They are charged with inciting colleagues to strike.

The Egyptian state has been countering any sort of dissent or strikes, arguing that any kind of disruption affects the developments in the country. Currently, under Egyptian law, protesters can face jail time if they demonstrate in the street, while workers are subjected to both jail time and forced early retirement if they strike.

Pro-state media are also following the state rhetoric demonising any strikes by labelling participants as “terrorists from the Brotherhood group”.

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