The Labor and Social Movements Monitoring Center has documented 23 protests that took place during the month of January 2021.
These protests are divided into: 13 social protests and 10 labor protests.
These protests also coincide with the Egyptian government’s attempt to liquidate the companies owned by the people, such as “Talkha Fertilizer” and the Egyptian Iron and Steel Company (EISC) in Helwan, which is considered as an act of confiscation of the Egyptian people’s assets and property.
The protests monitored by the center have greatly diversified; including: sit-ins, protest vigils, suicide cases, and field-based protests.
The reporting month also witnessed 7 cases of suicide that are due to economic reasons.
The details of labor protests can be summed up as follows:
|Governorate||Type of protest||Details of protest|
|Qena- Naga’ Hammadi||Sit-in||Workers at Egypt Aluminum Company (Egyptalum) staging a sit-in|
|Cairo- Helwan||Sit-in||Workers at the Egyptian Iron and Steel Company staging a sit-in to protest against the liquidation decision|
|Qena- Naga’ Hammadi||Sit-in||Dozens of lawyers at Naga Hammadi court staged a sit-in to protest the arbitrariness practiced by the court’s judge|
|Damietta- New Damietta City||Strike||Cleaning workers at the New Damietta City went on a strike|
|Dakahlia – Talkha||Sit-in||After the arrest of nine of their colleagues, workers at Talkha Fertilizer continued their sit-in|
|Sohag||Strike||Employees at Sohag Teaching Hospital went on strike|
|Kafr El Sheikh – Desouk||Protest vigil||Workers at Desouk oilfield demanding installation in their jobs|
|Marsa Matrouh||Protest vigil||A number of lawyers organized a protest vigil in Marsa Matrouh|
|Cairo||A union movement||The Supreme Administrative Court acquitted a nurse and overturned a ruling of work dismissal|
|Beheira- Itay Al-Baroud||Protest vigil||Itay Al-Baroud’s lawyers in Beheria governorate organized a sit-in in front of a court in solidarity with their colleagues|
The details of social protests can be summed up as follows:
|Governorate||Kind of protest||Details of protest|
|Ismailia||Gathering||After bidding farewell to the Arab Championship, Ismaili Sporting Club fans gathered in front of the club to demand the departure of the club president|
|Giza||Collective complaint||Zamalek Sporting Club players lodged a complaint demanding the disbursement of late dues and the cancelation of the contract|
|Fayoum – Senouras||Suicide||A young man committed a suicide after passing through a financial distress|
|Dakahlia||Suicide||A young man committed a suicide after passing through a financial distress|
|Qalyubia – Al-Khanka||Suicide||A young man committed a suicide after passing through a financial distress|
|Menoufia||Suicide||A service worker at a school in Menoufia committed suicide after passing through a financial distress|
|Minya||Suicide||A young man committed suicide after the accumulation of his debts|
|Cairo – Al Maasara||Suicide||A plumber committed suicide after passing through a financial distress|
|Beni Suef – Al-Wasta||Suicide||A young man committed a suicide after passing through a financial distress|
|Cairo||Field-based protest||Confrontations between residents and security forces over demolishing the old houses in “Sayeda Aaesha” district|
|Cairo – Katameya||Protest vigil||A protest vigil by those registered for the “Sarayat al-Katameya” Project|
|Cairo||Strike||Activist Abd al-Rahman Tariq went on a hunger strike to protest his rotation (including him into new cases) for the third time|
|The Red Sea||Protest vigil||Stella Di Mare Resort’s residents organized a protest against the company owning the resort|
The labor protesting sectors:
- The sector of those working in the business Sector topped the labor protesting sectors list with 4 protests
- Followed by: The Lawyers Sector with 3 protests, the Health Sector workers with 2 protests, and finally the Cleaning workers Sector with only one protest.
The social protesting sectors:
The Residents and Residential neighborhoods Sector topped the social protesting sectors list with 11 protests, followed by the Sports Sector with only 2 protests.
The geographical distribution of labor protests:
|Governorate||Number of protests|
|Kafr El Sheikh||1|
The geographical distribution of social protests:
|Governorate||Number of protests|