Egypt bus drivers go on strike as unrest spreads

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February 10, 2011 11:56

 
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CAIRO — Bus drivers and other public transportation employees in Egypt have gone on strike as spreading labor unrest adds momentum to mass protests calling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's ouster.

Ali Fatouh, a bus driver in Cairo said buses were locked in the garages and won't be moved "until we achieve our demands," which include salary increases. He said organizers were calling on all 62,000 transportation employees to participate.

Some buses were still seen on the streets early Thursday and wasn't immediately clear how widespread the strike was.

But the effort comes as an uprising that began Jan. 25 has unleashed public rage over widespread poverty and low wages amid reports that Mubarak's family has amassed vast wealth.

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