(CAIRO) -- Labor unions across Egypt went on strike Thursday, adding more fuel to the revolutionary fire, as protests continued for a 17th day.
Factory workers, textile workers and laborers on the Suez Canal all stopped working.
Over in Cairo, the transportation strike brought traffic in a city famous for its congestion to a standstill. Doctors and bus drivers on strike joined the protests in Tahrir Square in a sign of solidarity.
Thursday's strikes bolstered demonstrations calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak but also added to Egypt's financial woes, further threatening the country's economy which has suffered since protests began Jan. 25.
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