Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

14 April 2013

Egypt: Protests Renewed in Alexandria Airport Amid Tight Security

Dozens of low-ranking policeman at the Borg Al-Arab International Airport staged protests against suspending ten of their colleagues and issuing a decision to transfer them to the Marsa Matrouh Airport on Sunday.

The protesters also demanded the return of police officers to their work after the police officers had handed over a mass resignation to the interior minister over allegedly being insulted in a previous confrontation with the low-ranking security staff.

The border guards chanted against the airport's security head, demanding annulling the decision to transfer their colleagues.

They threatened to strike again if their demands are not met.

Air traffic had completely stopped in March at the airport, when hundreds of its guards went on strike, demanding better working conditions and improved salaries.

The guard's strike had led to transferring all flights to land at the Cairo International Airport as they had closed all terminals then.

Borg al-Arab director, Hani Okab, said that the airport, which is the second largest airport in Egypt, is working regularly and that all the civil aviation staff are keen on maintaining the workflow so that the air traffic will not be affected.

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