Egyptian freedom fighters continue


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Protests involving hundreds of thousands continued in Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said, Suez and other cities throughout Egypt on Sunday, as deaths from the police crackdown soared to at least 150: here.

Tens of thousands of defiant Egyptian workers and youth yesterday remained in control of the centre of Cairo, during a sixth day of protests demanding the end of President Hosni Mubarak and his brutal regime: here.

Egypt: Continuing Live Coverage from Al Jazeera English on EA site: here.

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Million-Person March Planned as Elbaradei made Opposition Leader: Protesters in downtown Cairo on Monday: here.

An album of images for Egyptian women: here.

USA: As the Obama administration confronts a growing revolutionary movement in Egypt, its tactics will flow from two overriding and inseparable strategic aims: defending the Egyptian capitalist state and maintaining the country as the linchpin of American imperialist operations in the Mediterranean, North Africa and throughout the Middle East: here.

The new vice president of Egypt, Omar Suleiman, has long-standing ties with the United States and has collaborated closely in efforts to suppress oppositional struggles throughout the Middle East: here.

The Spirit of Cairo: Obama Has Failed to Fulfill His Mideast Promise: here.

Rallies were held over the weekend in cities throughout the world in support of the mass demonstrations in Egypt against the US-backed dictator, Hosni Mubarak: here.

2 thoughts on “Egyptian freedom fighters continue

  1. WE SALUTE AND CONGRATULATE THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT
    FOR RISING UP TO OVERTHROW THE MUBARAK REGIME

    By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
    Chairperson
    International League of Peoples’ Struggle
    January 30, 2011

    The mass uprisings sweeping several Arab countries have shifted their focus from Tunisia to Egypt, a country much bigger in terms of land size, population (more than 80 million) and strategic value in the conflict between the US-Zionist combine on the one hand and the Palestinian and Arab peoples on the other hand and in the US global war of terror unleashing state terrorism, wars of aggression, occupation and the rendition of US foes to the torture chambers of Egypt.

    Since January 25 tens of thousands of people have poured out into the streets of major cities of Egypt in order to demand the ouster of President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak and his ruling clique. They have defied the police and military forces even as more than 150 of the protesters have been killed and hundreds have been injured by US-made weapons. In a vain attempt to appease the people, Mubarak has reshuffled his cabinet and is maneuvering to stay in power or glide into a less disgraceful exit by a promise to allow new elections according to the US formula of transition to sham democracy.

    At any rate, Mubarak is apparently on the verge of losing power. His ruling party headquarters has been burnt down. He has sent out of Egypt his closest relatives and a major part of their bureaucratic loot. The police have begun to abandon their posts in several cities. And various military units are showing either a friendly or hostile face to the people in the streets. There are indications that behind the scenes the US and the generals are trying to engineer a new arrangement.

    We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, salute and congratulate the people of Egypt for rising up and striving to overthrow the US-supported Mubarak regime which has long oppressed and exploited them. The people have courageously acted to repudiate the regime for its oppressiveness, its servility to US imperialism and its conformity to the US-dictated “neoliberal” economic policy which has brought about the high rate of unemployment, decline of the economy and breakdown of social services.

    While the mass uprisings have been successful at isolating and debilitating the long hated oppressive regime, the US-controlled military machinery is intact and is poised to play a key role in rearranging the political setup in the interest of the US and local exploiting classes. The Egyptian state is dependent on a wide range of economic, financial and political relations with the US and other imperialist countries. Since 1975 the US alone has poured more than USD 50 billion into Egypt in order to coopt its rulers and use them as tools of US hegemonism,

    The Egyptian military is dependent on a huge amount of US military assistance amounting to more than USD 1.38 billion, which is next in size only to that given to Israel. The US also gives economic assistance amounting to more than USD 800 million. The US is highly interested in the restabilization of the situation in Egypt in order to forestall the rise of anti-imperialist forces and thus maintain a balance of forces in favor of the US-Zionist combine in the region.

    At any rate, through the mass uprisings, the people are asserting and exercising their sovereign power. They are opening the way to further advances and further possibilities in the struggle for national liberation, democracy, development and social justice. The revolutionary forces have the chance to expand and consolidate their strength.

    To any extent that their struggle is frustrated, derailed or hijacked by their enemies, the people of Egypt can raise the level of their fighting consciousness and capabilities and go through various forms of revolutionary struggle until they muster the strength to smash the bureaucratic and military machinery of the ruling classes.

    The conditions for advancing the revolutionary struggle are more fertile than ever before on the scale of Eqypt, North Africa and the Middle East and the entire world because of the grave crisis of the world capitalist system and depredations of the US-instigated policies of neoliberal globalization, state terrorism and aggression.

    It has been repeatedly demonstrated in recent history that particular despotic regimes can be overthrown, such as those of Duvalier, Marcos, Somoza, Pinochet, Mobutu and Suharto. But the subsequent false facade of democracy can only be fleeting for as long as the US and the local exploiting classes can rule through a bureaucratic and military machinery beholden to them.

    We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, are in solidarity with and support the people of Egypt in their great cause to build their revolutionary strength and wage various forms of mass struggle against imperialism and reaction. They need to defeat the armed counterrevolution and accomplish the people’s democratic revolution. Thus they can move forward on the path of national liberation and social revolution.###

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    ILPS SALUTES THE PEOPLE OF TUNISIA FOR VICTORIOUS UPRISING
    AND WELCOMES THE SPREAD OF RESISTANCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

    By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
    Chairperson
    International League of Peoples’ Struggle
    27 January 2011

    The International League of Peoples Struggle (ILPS) salutes the brave
    people of Tunisia for their great victory in rising up and toppling the
    corrupt and repressive regime of Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben
    Ali. This US-supported dictator who fled Tunisia on January 14 had ruled
    the country with an iron hand for 23 years.

    The protests that eventually led to the ouster of Ben Ali were sparked by
    the sacrifice of a young college graduate, Mohamed Bouazizi. He had a
    college degree but unable to find work was selling fruits and vegetables
    in the streets of Sidi Bouzid, a city in central Tunisia. The police
    confiscated his wares saying he had no license. In protest, he set
    himself on fire in front of the city hall.

    This act became the catalyst for the peoples uprising, igniting
    demonstrations and riots throughout Tunisia in protest against high
    unemployment, rising food prices, political repression and poor living
    conditions in the country. Weeks of street protests followed mobilizing
    broad sectors of society. Ben Ali declared a state of emergency in an
    effort to crush the uprising. But the people prevailed and Ben Ali was
    forced to flee into exile.

    Tunisia suffers from high unemployment of more than 14%. The unemployment
    rate for young people is even higher at more than 31%. Tunisia’s
    economic problems stem from IMF-dictated neoliberal policies and
    aggravated by the rampant corruption of the ruling clique.

    Ben Ali came into power in 1987 in a bloodless coup when a team of
    doctors pronounced the incumbent President Habib Bourguiba unfit to rule
    due to senility. Habib Bourguiba had led the struggle for independence
    against the French and introduced progressive socio-economic policies.
    The US found in Ben Ali a willing ally in carrying out the
    free-market policies that the imperialists have been trying to
    impose in Africa and the rest of the third world. He was also considered
    by the US as a key ally in the region in fighting Islamic terrorism
    and in maintaining stability.

    The neoliberal policies promoted by the US and carried out by Ben Ali
    included attacks on the rights of labor, trade liberalization and
    privatization of public services. These policies have been responsible
    for the high unemployment and other economic problems in Tunisia these
    past years.

    The protests continue despite the resignations of Ben Ali and his prime
    minister with the people demanding sweeping changes. They are demanding
    the complete clean up of government from the remnants of Ben Alis
    clique and the dismantling of Ben Alis party the Constitutional
    Democratic Rally (RCD).

    The US and other repressive regimes in the region are now afraid that the
    social turmoil in Tunisia might spread to other countries. Protest
    actions have broken out in Algeria over lack of housing and high food
    prices. In Jordan, demonstrations led by trade unions and Left parties
    have called for the resignation of the Rifai government over high food
    and fuel prices. Protesters in Egypt demonstrating in solidarity with the
    Tunisian people chanted “Kefaya” (enough) and “We are next, we are next,
    Ben Ali tell Mubarak he is next.”

    The French, German and British ruling cliques had always praised Ben Ali
    for being a friend of civilized Europe for keeping a firm hand
    on all those Islamists. They are now hypocritically calling for
    democratic reforms in Tunisia and the rest of the region.

    The International League of Peoples Struggle wholeheartedly supports
    the Tunisian people in their present struggle against unemployment,
    government corruption and repression and in their long-term struggle for
    national and social liberation from imperialism and local reaction. We
    welcome the spread of people’s resistance to the US and oppressive
    regimes in the Middle East.

    We call on all progressive forces and people in the world to give their
    support to the legitimate aspirations of the people of Tunisia and other
    countries in the Middle East for national liberation, democracy, social
    justice, development, international solidarity and peace.

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  2. Via The Solidarity Network (http://www.solidaritycenter.org/)

    Translation of original in Arabic into English:

    Press Release

    Date: Sunday, 30 January 2011

    Today, representatives of the of the Egyptian labor movement, made up of the independent Egyptian trade unions of workers in real estate tax collection, the retirees, the technical health professionals and representatives of the important industrial areas in Egypt: Helwan, Mahalla al-Kubra, the tenth of Ramadan city, Sadat City and workers from the various industrial and economic sectors such as: garment & textiles, metals industry, pharmaceuticals, chemical industry, government employees, iron and steel, automotive, etc… And they agreed to hold a press conference at 3:30pm this afternoon in Tahrir Square next to Omar Effendi Company store in downtown Cairo to announce the organization of the new Federation of Egyptian Trade Unions and to announce the formation of committees in all factories and enterprises to protect, defend them and to set a date for a general strike. And to emphasize that the labor movement is in the heart and soul of the Egyptian Peoples’ revolution and its emphasis on the support for the six requirements as demanded by the Egyptian People’s Revolution. To emphasize the economic and democratic demands voiced by the independent labor movement through thousands of strikes, sit-ins and protests by Egyptian workers in the past years.

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