Thousands of police in Egypt strike for better pay, conditions

Protests by public sectors workers have been on the rise in the region since the Arab Spring
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Some 3,000 policemen protest for a second day outside the interior ministry headquarters in Cairo on October 25, 2011, to demand the 'cleansing' of their institution and better pay. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Egyptian policemen sit under an Arabic sign which reads, 'Closed for purification' during the second day protest. (AFP/Getty Images)
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As many as 30,000 low-ranking policemen across the country have declared an open-ended strike calling for salary increases, and in the hopes of ridding the interior ministry of remaining policies of former president Hosni Mubarak’s regime. Protesters say they will not stop until their demands are met. (AFP/Getty Images)
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During the demonstrations, hundreds of policemen stormed the security headquarters in the Red Sea city of Hurghada. Officials were required to quickly get the chief of Hurghada security out through a back door, media reports said. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The police strike follows a wave of industrial action, which has crippled the country since the president was ousted earlier this year. (AFP/Getty Images)
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In September, thousands of the Egyptians teachers also protested during a strike in front of the Prime Minister's office in downtown Cairo. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The teachers also demanded better pay, and vowed to pursue the strike and harm the country's education system until their voices were heard. (AFP/Getty Images)
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In the rest of the Arab world, similar strike action has also continued. Kuwaiti customs officers are pictured holding signs when they went on strike earlier this month. They too called for better pay and threatened to halt oil exports. (AFP/Getty Images)