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Protest ends in Cairo square but strikes continue

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Protest ends in Cairo square but strikes continue


For the first time in weeks, Cairo’s Tahrir Square is returning to normal after thousands of demonstrators ended their protest and left. It came after the Egyptian military, now in charge of the country, said it would suspend the constitution and dissolve parliament.

The square has again been becoming clogged with cars rather than people as the clean-up operation began.

Monday has been declared a public holiday in Egypt after disruption by workers at state banks. It means there will be a two-day break as Tuesday is already a scheduled holiday.

Workers in many state industries have been staging sit-ins and strikes, citing a variety of grievances.

Inspired by the success of the protests which finally forced Hosni Mubarak to step down as president on Friday, they are united by a new sense of being able to speak out.

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