AP Newswire

Stateside World Business Stocks Technology Sports Weather
Entertainment Multimedia Health Science Politics Travel Offbeat
May 1, 10:27 AM EDT

Egypt labor activist says police blocking workers assembly

Latest News
4,300-year-old pyramid discovered in Egypt
Women join fight against female circumcision
Cheap electronics threaten Egyptian repairmen
Egypt labor activist says police blocking workers assembly

Egypt tries to divert eyes to citizen who died in London

Rights group says Egypt arrested nearly 400 over protests

Several Egyptians killed in clashes with smugglers in Libya

Egyptian family seeks help for conjoined twins

CAIRO (AP) -- An independent Egyptian trade union leader says hundreds of workers from several provinces who came to hold a meeting in Cairo for International Workers' Day have been prevented from assembling by police.

Kamal Abbas, of the Center for Trade Unions and Workers' Services, says some 650 workers were in the city center Sunday seeking an alternate location to hold their conference after police prevented them from entering the journalists' syndicate building.

The area is currently under lockdown by police vehicles and barricades, dozens of uniformed and plainclothes officers and armed security troops, some wearing facemasks and carrying automatic weapons.

The journalists' syndicate has been a rallying point for demonstrations in the past, and was blocked in a similar way for planned protests against government policy last Monday.

© 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.