I was watching Al-Jazeera Arabic, which was reporting minutes ago on mass strikes in Suez among industrial workers from different sectors. In the case of a textile factory, the army intervened directly to try to mediate between the CEO and the strikers. The negotiations failed, and the army whisked away the CEO.
A unified demand across the strikes, Al-Jazeera reported, was prosecuting the corrupt managers. This comes amid continued demands for the impeachment of the Suez governor.
A trade unionist source in Suez had told me last week that the Suez governor is not even in Suez, and had to escape in the protection of the army. It was rumored then the army had arrested him, but he wasn’t. And he tried to continue managing the affairs of the town via telephone from somewhere outside the town.
This governor is widely hated by the Suez citizens who accuse him of corruption and of massacring protesters during the uprising. There is no accurate figure for how many died in Suez, but it’s safe to say the biggest numbers of casualties took place in that province.
Hence you can imagine how the Suez people feel about the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’ decision to reinstate “temporarily” the governors in office, till the “civilian elected government is shaped” god knows when.
3arabawy, 12 février 2011.