Egyptian workers fight on for democracy

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Workers continue Egypt strikes: Doctors and lawyers among thousands of workers joining strike as anti-Mubarak demonstrations go on: here.

Egypt: Factory workers, agricultural laborers and civil servants have joined the movement against the Mubarak dictatorship: here.

Egypt: Telecommunication workers on strike: here.

Demands of the Iron and Steel Workers: ‘Long live the revolution! Long live Egypt’s workers! Long live the intifada of Egyptian youth – People’s revolution for the people! Here.

“These are now the same demands that the Tahrir Square protesters are calling for because the workers have realized that this current regime will never fulfill their goals,” said Kamal el Fayoumi, a factory worker and organizer in the city of Mahalla el Kubra, a hotbed of labor activism for the textile industry. “The regime has to go”: here.

Workers, the unemployed and angry all took to the streets Tuesday demanding their rights and the removal of the country’s ruling regime’: here.

Suez Canal workers go on strike – Egypt – Ahram Online: ‘Over 6000 protesters have agreed that they will not go home today once their shift is over and will continue their sit-in in front of the company’s headquarters until their demands are met. They are protesting against poor wages and deteriorating health and working conditions’: here.

‘In the most potentially significant action, about 6,000 workers at five service companies owned by the Suez Canal Authority — a major component of the Egyptian economy — began a sit-in on Tuesday night’: here.

Egyptian talks near collapse as unions back protests, The Guardian: ‘Some stoppages are mainly about wage demands, but in the present crisis there is little doubt that they are timed to support the pro-democracy movement’: here.

‘Thousands gathered to demonstrate in Alexandria, there were protests in Ismailia, Assiut, El Mahalla El-Kubra, and Suez, and more demonstrations and strikes were scattered across the country, including a strike and sit-in by 6,000 employees of the Suez Canal Authority and a walk-out and threatened strike by thousands of Telecom Egypt employees, among other labor protests’: here.

A call from Egyptian socialists: “The demonstrations and protests have played a key role in igniting and continuing our revolution. Now we need the workers”: here.

“A mass of striking workers will be joining the protest in Tahrir square this Friday, which is intended to be the next ‘big one'”: here.

Historian Joel Beinin on the Egyptian Labor Crisis: There were the popular committees in support of the Palestinian uprising in 2000, the popular committees opposed to the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Egyptian Movement for Change in 2004-06, which was a pro-democracy movement that demanded that Mubarak not run for reelection in 2005, which of course he did: here.

‘An Egyptian labor researcher and activist discusses the struggle to build a fighting labor movement independent of the government-controlled unions’: here.

The ongoing Egypt crisis has brought to the fore the power of the Internet and the social media in Africa’s political scene, raising fears that the fight to limit government influence on communication networks is far from over: here.

Protesters gain ground. But have the Western powers forsaken them? ‘With thousands of workers responding to their calls for strikes – and poor Egyptians launching other protests in several regions – anti-Mubarak organisers regained the initiative despite heavy hints from the regime that force might be used if the uprising was prolonged’: here.

Egyptian Labor Joins in Protests – Dispatch – WSJ: ‘The workers bring experience at protests and organization to the youth-led protest movement, whose efforts to extract major concessions from Egypt’s government was beginning to stall as it entered its third week’: here.

The Egyptian Uprising Is a Direct Response to Ruthless Global Capitalism: ‘The revolution in Egypt is as much a rebellion against the painful deterioration of economic conditions as it is about opposing a dictator, though they are linked. That’s why President Hosni Mubarak’s announcement that he intends to stick around until September was met with an outpouring of rage’: here.

South African Union Supports the Egyptian Revolution: ‘NEHAWU offers its solidarity and support to the working class of Egypt who are engaged in an epic and intense mass protests in order to overthrow the Western backed dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak’: here.

‘This day in the revolution could be named for the labor unions. . . . We expect you to continue the pressure on Obama, because he still continues supporting Mubarak and his regime’: here.

For years the Islamist Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization have been bitterly hostile to one another. Nevertheless, both organizations have responded in almost identical fashion to the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Demonstrations of solidarity with the Egyptian people have been ruthlessly suppressed in both the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and the PLO-governed West Bank: here.

Tony Blair’s hypocrisy on Mubarak and Saudi Arabia: here.

A national strike by health workers continued yesterday against the military regime of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, as protests by unemployed youth and workers spread throughout the country: here.

4 thoughts on “Egyptian workers fight on for democracy

  1. From the USA:


    The International Action Center calls on its friends and on all solidarity activists to:

    Support the solidarity rally & march for the Egyptian people to the White House

    Saturday, February 12th, 2011

    1:00 – 4:00 PM

    The White House,

    Lafayette Park, Washington DC
    Also, join protesters as they sleep over night in front of the White House

    Support the Egyptian Revolution

    End US Support to Mubarak and his Regime

    The people of Egypt are carrying out a heroic struggle of the kind seen only rarely in the history of humanity. This struggle has already spread from Tunisia and Egypt to other countries in North Africa and Southwest Asia, — and Egypt is now the center of it. A victory in Egypt has the potential of liberating a large section of humanity not only from local dictatorships but from their overlords in Europe and especially in the United States, as well as boosting the Palestinian struggle.

    The Egyptian people are also setting an example for all of the workers and oppressed peoples of the world — including those in the United States — who have had their living standards under attack for decades and are now facing the consequences of a worldwide capitalist economic crisis. The cutbacks to health care, education and social services have only begun.

    It is possible for workers and all progressive people in the United States — including unemployed workers and students — to assist the people of Egypt. The struggle is at the crossroads and every helping hand can make a difference. A victory is important not only for Egypt, but for the world’s exploited people.

    The International Action Center urges all of our friends and activists to join the emergency demonstration to the White House this Saturday or the many other protests taking place around the country and all around the world. (From the activists at the IAC)

    (There is a permit for the sleep over and for the Saturday March and Rally)

    Facebook Event:
    (Buses are coming from NYC, NJ, DC/MD/VA, NC, CT AND TX — see facebook event for contact info)

    Saturday, February 12th, 2011

    March & Rally 1:00 – 4:00 PM

    The White House, Lafayette Park, Washington DC

    Organized by: Egyptian Organizations in the U.S. including: Society of Egyptian Americans for Development, Muslim American Society – NY, Egyptian Americans for Change, American Egyptian Alliance, Civilization Bridges, Islamic Center of Jersey City, Arab American Federation and many others.

    Come March in Solidarity with millions of Egyptian People in their struggle for democracy and human rights as they demand: immediate DEPARTURE of the repressive U.S. backed Mubarak regime.

    NYC Buses leave Saturday at 7:30 AM and return by 9:00 PM

    For Bus Tickets in NYC area: Call 212-633-6646

    Buses leaving from:

    International Action Center at 55 W. 17 St., Suite 5C, New York, NY 10011, 

    (between 5th & 6th Ave -All subways and NJ PATH trains to 14th St are short walk to 55 West 17th St office)

    Tickets MUST be purchased in advance by Friday 3: PM – $25. or $15. for students and fixed income or make a donation to help cover travel expenses.

    Tickets can be purchased on-line at:

    Join us in a work session making signs and banners on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7:00 pm at 55 West 17th St, NY, NY 10011


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