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Saturday, June 11, 2016

HARD TIMES IN EGYPT STOKE LABOR UNREST, SHOWDOWN LIES AHEAD

MAHALLA EL-KOBRA, Egypt (AP) -- Labor activist Kamal al-Fayoumi has lost none of his swagger since being fired from the sprawling Egyptian textile plant where he worked for three decades and was known as an agitator.

Striding through a gritty industrial town in the Nile Delta, he proudly points to workers' clubs, cooperative grocery stores, cinemas, a pool and a hospital - all of which have seen better days - and brushes off threats from management and the police.

"Our forefathers built this place, it's in our blood," he said, looking toward the Misr Spinning and Weaving Company, Egypt's largest factory. "We shouldn't be afraid, they should fear us!" READ MORE