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Video: Egyptians protest lack of social justice

Egyptians protest lack of social justice

August 27, 2012 

Recent demonstration outside a power plant near Alexandria has led to the death of one worker.

"Bread, Freedom, and Social Justice" was the main slogan of the Egyptian revolution.

However, 18 months after the uprising, many Egyptians say none of those promises have been fulfilled.

Earlier this week, a worker was killed during a protest outside a power plant in the northern village of El Tarh near Alexandria.

The plant's management said protesters had tried to storm the building, prompting a police officer assigned to the premises to respond. Shots were fired and a 27-year-old man was reportedly killed in the incident.

The protesters have denied their claims, saying that they were demanding jobs and not trouble.

"Where does this officer get off shooting at us with an automatic rifle? After the revolution, we thought we can ask for our rights. We live right next to this massive plant and our children are jobless," one worker said.

*Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reports from El Tarh near Alexandria.

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