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High alert in Egypt as police braces for 'Day of Anger'

Egyptian police rounded up at least 30 people as a pre-emptive measure to foil a nationwide strike called by pro-democracy activists seeking fixing of a national minimum monthly salary and election of a body to draft a new constitution.

world Updated: Apr 06, 2009 16:43 IST

Egyptian police rounded up at least 30 people as a pre-emptive measure to foil a nationwide strike called by pro-democracy activists seeking fixing of a national minimum monthly salary and election of a body to draft a new constitution.The strike that will be observed as the "Day of Anger in Egypt" has been called by the "April 6 Movement", a group of young activists formed last year after a similar call led to violent protests and riots in the country.

It is believed that the ministry of interior has deployed security men in plain clothes in the capital's main squares and around several government offices where the activists say they will stage protests.The police which went on an alert today to prevent violent protests have so far arrested 30 activists of the group, officials said.

Last year's strike, which saw riots erupt in the Nile Delta industrial city of Mahalla, was in protest at price hikes and low salaries and gained support mainly through the online social networking site 'Facebook' and SMS messages.Three people died and hundreds were detained during the 2008 strike.

This year the group has asked people to sport black clothes as a mark of protest and has called for sit-ins to be staged at public places.