Downtown Cairo shaken by protests

Veterinarian doctors staged a protest Monday in front of the Egyptian Medical Association’s Cairo headquarters, demanding that President Hosni Mubarak form a new ministerial portfolio devoted exclusively to animal resources and veterinary medicine. Frustrated vets say they are unable to work under both the health and agriculture ministries.

Meanwhile, only meters away, some 200 teachers from the delta province of Kafr el-Sheikh demonstrated in front of Egypt’s parliament building, demanding that the education ministry make permanent their temporary work contracts.

Also, at the Lawyers Syndicate, activists from different opposition movements protested against Egypt’s construction of a steel barrier along its border with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Protesters said they planned to dispatch an aid caravan to the beleaguered enclave next Friday to express solidarity with the strip’s roughly 1.5 million Palestinian inhabitants.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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