Egypt tightened security at Cairo airport and the Aviation Ministry after activists called for protests against a decision to hire President Mohamed Mursi’s son that led to claims of nepotism.
Employees at the Civil Aviation Ministry were given the day off, while a number of workers at Egypt Air left their offices early today in anticipation of possible marches, state-run Ahram gate reported. Activist groups have called for protests to voice their anger at the decision by the state-owned Egypt Airports and Air Navigation Holding Company to hire Omar Mursi, a recent graduate of Zagaziq University’s Faculty of Commerce, according to a joint e-mailed statement.
“The decision came through nepotism and is against the constitutional principal of equality between citizens,” said the groups, including the Revolutionary Youth Coalition and Egypt Students Movement. Demonstrations will be held to protest unemployment, they said.
“We won’t allow the current regime to repeat Mubarak’s regime or repression, working for their personal interests,” the statement cited Bishoy Asaad, founding member of the Justice and Equality movement, as saying, referring to former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in an uprising two years ago.