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Egypt Police Disperse Ceramica Workers Protest, Ahram Gate Says

July 17 (Bloomberg) -- Egyptian police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of workers from Ceramica Cleopatra Group as they stormed government buildings in the city of Suez, Ahram Gate reported.

Workers broke into Suez administration buildings to protest what they consider the government’s neglect over their battle with the Ceramica Cleopatra Chairman Mohamed Abou El Enein, the state-run news website reported.

Abou El Enein, a former member of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s party, has said he plans to sell all his assets in the country after the public prosecutor banned him from travel due to the labor dispute.

The prosecutor’s office, in a July 5 statement, said it’s investigating allegations that Ceramica Cleopatra violated a collective labor agreement, withheld pay and tried to stop workers from doing their jobs.

The producer of tiles and sanitary ware employed 12,000 workers and exported to more than 100 countries as of 2008, according to its website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Salma El Wardany in Cairo at selwardany@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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