Public sector strikes
The public sector strikes and protests that have been going on since last December are extremely revealing.
Any strike is illegal in Egypt and even the smallest public protest is immediately squelched with police truncheons, yet the government's response to the almost 50 strikes has ranged from pussy footing to meeting all the demands.
These workers are the only genuine and honest form of political activism in Egypt. Sorry to say this, but the majority of the rest (Islamists, leftists, opposition parties, bloggers) are bullshitters.
The government can have the Islamists for breakfast (with the cereal), but cannot dare to mess with the public sector workers.
Labor Minister Aisha Abdel Hadi recently said that Mubarak "cannot sleep at night knowing there is one unhappy worker." I believe her! They have got the government by the balls.
Labels: Life in Egypt