Egypt: Unrest Spreads as Bus Drivers Strike

State employees go on strike, spreading labor unrest.

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Protesters want President Mubarak out now.

The Associated Press is reporting that bus drivers and public-transport workers in Cairo joined thousands of state employees on strike Thursday in spreading labor unrest that has pumped further strength and momentum into Egypt's wave of anti-government protests. With its efforts to manage the crisis failing, the government warned of the potential for a coup. The warning from Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit was the second from the regime this week that a coup could take place, a sign that the reinvigorated protests could face a new crackdown. Youth activists organizing the 17-day-old protests demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak planned to up the ante even further, calling for an expanded rally on Friday, hoping to repeat a showing earlier this week that drew about a quarter-million people.

People can disagree all they want over the transition to democracy, which requires President Mubarak's ouster. Should it be slow and methodical, or immediate? One thing is for sure: The protesters are moving forward with the revolution. When state employees, namely those in transportation, go on strike ... well, Houston, we have a problem. The revolution will not wait for diplomacy or Mubarak to figure out how to exit without shame.

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