Africa
1 killed, hundreds arrested in anti-government protests in Egypt

The Day of Rage protests on September 25 saw thousands taking to the streets. Massive protests took place in Egypt over the week on the anniversary of similar protests in 2019

South African trade unionists stand in solidarity with Zimbabwean people’s struggle against govt.

Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and their allies hailed the struggle of the people of Zimbabwe people against the increasingly oppressive rule of president Emmerson Mnangagwa 

Algerian journalist acquitted Algerian journalist Belkacem Djir acquitted of all charges by Algiers court

34-year-old Djir was accused of ‘blackmail’ and using a ‘false identity’ and sentenced to three years in prison in a common law case. He is now expected to be released soon after over a year in detention 

Citing dismal pay, teachers to boycott classes in Zimbabwe

The average salary of a public school teacher has dropped to the equivalent of USD 30-35 a month. The Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association says they cannot afford to work until salaries are restored to the equivalent of USD 50

Algeria to hold early legislative elections following November referendum

As per the proposed amendments to the constitution, the president will have to appoint as prime minister the leader of the party with the majority of seats in parliament

Sentencing of prominent artists by Sudanese court causes uproar

Five out of the 11 artists who were physically attacked by an Islamist mob, were sentenced to two months imprisonment and a fine of USD 90 on September 17

Anti-government protests in Egypt mark anniversary of landmark agitation

Hundreds of protesters came out in different cities of Egypt denouncing president Sisi’s regime despite a pre-emptive crackdown by the government. These come a year after similar massive protests

Swaziland union vows to fight back after Taiwanese garment factory files “false” charges

FTM Garments filed a case against Amalgamated Trade Unions of Swaziland (ATUSWA), a week after the union had taken the company to court over the former’s refusal to recognize it

Libyan GNA to resign Libya’s Government of National Accord to step down as peace negotiations likely to conclude soon

GNA prime minister Fayez Al-Sarraj said in a televised speech on September 16 that the UN-sponsored peace negotiations have succeeded in the rival sides entering a ‘new preparatory phase’

South Africa Undertakers' strike South African govt. bends after funeral undertakers’ strike overwhelms mortuaries

Workers and owners of small firms providing funeral undertaker services embarked on a three-day strike on September 14, complaining that the regulations favor capitalist monopoly while squeezing out smaller enterprises

Algerian journalist prison sentence Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni’s prison term reduced but only by a year

The term of Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni, who was earlier sentenced to three years in prison, has been reduced by a year. Activists and journalists condemned the ruling, demanding his freedom

Kenyan govt. approves insurance cover for frontline workers but protests set to continue

The Kenyan government’s approval of insurance cover addresses only one of the key demands of health workers as many professionals are unhappy over unpaid remittances, lack of PPEs and pending promotions

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