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Egypt's journalists warn of strike if minister stays

Hundreds of Egyptian journalists rallied in Cairo on Wednesday in an escalating standoff with police, threatening a possible strike by media workers if demands including the dismissal of the interior minister are not met.

On the steps outside their union headquarters, they chanted "Journalism is not a crime" while demanding Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar's departure following a police raid on the premises and the arrest of two journalists.

The protests are the latest in a series of demonstrations against the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, which has banned virtually all protests and carried out a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent.

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