Friends and colleagues demand justice for Giulio two years on

Friends and colleagues of murdered Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni gathered to protest at the Egyptian embassy with campaigners from Amnesty International and the UCU union on 2 February, marking the second anniversary of the discovery of his body. Giulio’s friend, journalist Laurie Blair spoke at the protest: Laurence Blair – comments outside Egyptian Embassy,…

Egyptian independent union leaders arrested in dawn raids

The Egyptian authorities have arrested eleven leading activists in the independent unions over the past week, stepping up pressure on the workers’ movement following the victimisation of textile workers in Mahalla after a major strike in August. Eight independent trade unionists were seized in a series of nation-wide raids on their homes on 16 September,…

Hundreds rally in protest at Sisi visit

Hundreds joined lively protests last week against the visit of Egyptian president Abdelfattah al-Sisi to the UK. Cameron’s red carpet welcome for Egypt’s military dictator sparked two days of demonstrations on 4 and 5 November, uniting trade unionists, arms trade campaigners, students and Egyptian activists in opposition to the visit. Student activists kicked off the…