Workers clash with military police during privatization appeal hearings

Clashes erupted Monday between military police and workers from four companies that courts had returned to state ownership.

The clashes took place during the hearing of appeals filed by the companies’ owners, when military police banned workers from Omar Effendi, Tanta Oil and Flax, Shebeen El-Kom Spinning and Weaving and Al-Nasr for Steam Boilers, who were protesting outside the State Council, from attending the session.

Khaled Ali, lawyer and presidential candidate, shouted slogans against the military inside the council, and requested a meeting with the head of the council to explain the situation to him.

In September, an Egyptian court ordered that Tanta Flax and Oils Company, Shebeen El-Kom Spinning and Weaving and Al-Nasr for Steam Boilers be returned to state control after it was proven that it had been sold to investors at a below-market price. In May, a court returned Omar Effendi, also purchased by a Saudi investor, to the state for the same reason.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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