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Heba F. El-Shazli

Where Were the Egyptian Workers in the June 2013 People’s Coup Revolution?

[Labor unions' demonstrations on 1 May 2012. Image originally posted to Flicker by Hossam el-Hamalawy]

“We started the 2011 revolution and the rest of Egypt followed,” is a statement Egyptian workers make with great conviction when discussing the movement for change in their country. Accordingly, in order to continue what began in January 2011, the masses of workers were out yet again in the streets and squares of Egypt before and on 30 June, and in the ensuing days until former president Mohamed Morsi’s removal from office on 3 July. This might seem surprising, given that ...

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Should Egyptians Believe Morsi?


On 26 June, President Morsi gave a long-winded two and half hour speech that could be described as a “state of the nation” speech. It was labeled as an “accounting” of his accomplishments in the first year since his election. There was a hope that he would respond to the demands put forth by the Tamarod (“Rebellion”) Campaign, which has collected over fifteen million signatures since April, from Egyptians no-confidencing their president. The campaign is planning massive ...

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Heba F. El-Shazli


Heba F. El-Shazli is a Ph.D. Candidate in political science at Virginia Tech (VT) in the Planning, Governance & Globalization (PG&G) program, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). She is an Adjunct Lecturer at Georgetown University’s Master’s Degree Program at the Center for Democracy and Civil Society. She was the Regional Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) programs at the Solidarity Center (SC), AFL-CIO ( from September 2004 until June 2011.

El-Shazli was the Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) from 2001 until 2004. Before joining NDI, El-Shazli worked at the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (The Solidarity Center).