Mubarak not yet gone, people fight on

This video is called We Are Writing History by Our Blood: Egyptian Doctor on Why Protests Won’t End Until Mubarak Resigns.

Anthony Shadid and David D. Kirpatrick, The New York Times News Service: “President Hosni Mubarak told the Egyptian people Thursday that he would delegate more authority to his vice president, Omar Suleiman, but that he would not resign his post, contradicting earlier reports that he would step aside and surprising hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered to hail his departure from the political scene. In a nationally televised address following a tumultuous day of political rumors and conflicting reports, Mr. Mubarak said he would ‘admit mistakes’ and honor the sacrifices of young people killed in the three-week uprising, but that he would continue to ‘shoulder my responsibilities’ until September, and did not give a firm indication that he would cede political power”: here.

Enraged by Mubarak’s decision to stay in office, Egypt protesters vow massive demos: here.

Robert Naiman, Truthout: “Four key demands have been constantly lifted up by protesters and opposition parties, which are essential for a credible transition to democracy: ending the arbitrary detention and harassment of journalists, human rights activists and peaceful demonstrators and freeing those who have been detained; ending the state of emergency; allowing free electoral competition in elections; and restoring full judicial supervision of elections…. Without these reforms, any ‘orderly transition’ in Egypt is likely to be a transition not to democracy, but a transition to dictatorship under a different face”: here.

John Pilger, Truthout: “The uprising in Egypt is our theater of the possible. It is what people across the world have struggled for and their thought controllers have feared. Western commentators invariably misuse the words ‘we’ and ‘us’ to speak on behalf of those with power who see the rest of humanity as useful or expendable. The ‘we’ and ‘us’ are universal now. Tunisia came first, but the spectacle always promised to be Egyptian”: here.

Hungry Gazans Feed Egyptian Troops. Mohammed Omer, Inter Press Service: “Mustapha Suleiman, 27, from J Block east of the Rafah crossing with Egypt, crosses through gaps in the iron fence on the border carrying bread, water, meat cans and a handful of vegetables for Egyptian soldiers stationed on the other side. ‘Whatever you offer on Saturday you will receive on Sunday,’ Suleiman says. ‘I am ready to help with what I have, for all the work they do.’ Egyptian troops have run short of essential supplies, caught up in clashes involving Bedouin groups. Serious clashes have erupted between riot police and Bedouin groups over the past two weeks”: here.

Mona Alami, Inter Press Service: “The wave of political protests that has struck parts of the Middle East and North Africa over the past few weeks has also affected the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The protest movement here, initiated in the wake of the Tunisian Jasmine revolution, underscores the population’s demand for political reform. A movement of discontent over rising prices kicked off early in January in the city of Theiban, south of Amman. Some 200 demonstrators demanded that the government take greater control over prices and initiate more anti- corruption efforts. The movement gained momentum with protests erupting in Karak and Irbid”: here.

USA: Shahid Buttar, Truthout: “In spite of our own interests, Americans and the US government are supplying the boots that rest on the necks of citizens of Egypt and dictatorships around the world. Meanwhile, we remain silent as the impending reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act threatens to speed the momentum of repression in our own country”: here.

WikiLeaks: Egyptian ‘torturers’ trained by FBI: here.

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    Urgent Call to Supporters of Egypt’s Struggle for Freedom

    A Message to Supporters of Egypt’s Struggle for Freedom

    A call to mobilize in the event of any attack on the Egyptian popular movement!

    Solidarity with the Egyptian people!

    Sign on to this call

    Al-Awda New York joins millions in Egypt and around the world in celebrating what the Egyptian people have achieved — a fundamental change in power in Egypt and the region. We join with the Egyptian people in outrage at dictator Hosni Mubarak’s continued refusal to recognize the demands of the Egyptian people, and we recognize that this is a time of great revolutionary potential for Egypt — and also a time of great danger at the hands of the regime. And we know that we must be steadfast in our support of the Egyptian people’s struggle for real regime change, and their continuing struggle for their political, economic and social rights, and dignity, and we call on all supporters of the Egyptian people to be ready and mobilized to act in the event of any military or police attack.

    Our Egyptian sisters and brothers will continue to peacefully protest to realize these goals and we know that will only come when the people can exercise their right to choose their own leaders and when their demands, so clearly and brilliantly displayed to the world, are met.

    Yet, the diverse leadership of this great popular movement has yet to be invited to any negotiation table, and steadfastly refuses to accept any so-called solution that leaves the dictatorship intact. In recent days, despite — and perhaps because of — the largest turnouts ever in the mass demonstrations against the regime and the surging participation of Egyptian workers in strikes and protests – there have been increasing direct and indirect threats against the people by Mubarak and recently appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman, known for his record of repression and torture as head of the Egyptian Intelligence and his alliance with the CIA.

    The game that the U.S., the Mubarak regime, and their allies and pawns are playing serves mainly to buy time and to seek to thwart this movement in a direction that does not destabilize the interests of the US, Israel, other reactionary Arab regimes and the interest of many corporations in the region.

    Yesterday many of us received urgent messages from the the April 6th Youth Movement, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, and many other organizations on the ground warning us of a plan by Suleiman to attack protesters and appealing for help.

    We must be aware that the regime will do whatever it can to make Egypt’s movement more vulnerable, striking at and imprisoning protesters and their leaders from any angle available to them. There are daily reports of attacks, killings, and roundups of activists throughout the country, in cities and towns were international media has not reached.

    The situation today:

    * The growing numbers of protesters rallying in their millions all over Egypt, especially the participation of organized workers;
    * Mubarak’s refusal to step down;
    * open threats by Omar Suleiman and others in the regime to use the military against the people;
    * talk of a coup, talk by Arab media and so-called experts that the Egyptian military is expected to make a choice to support Mubarak until the end;
    * claims that the Egyptian people aren’t ready for a democracy

    – All of this must put us all on alert!

    This means that supporters of the Egyptian people must be ready for immediate, effective and highly visible actions the moment a military or police attack occurs.

    We call on all supporters to gather at Egyptian embassies, missions, consulates, and public spaces, throughout the U.S. at 5 pm the day any attack occurs or the day after depending on the time of the attack.

    We also call on supporters in the Egyptian and Arab communities, and especially our allies in diverse U.S. communities to combine efforts to bring strong attention to what is happening, through consistent and long-term efforts. Including, potentially, hunger strikes, civil disobedience, continuing education and media work, and continuing strong statements of support.

    The importance of supporting this movement cannot be overstated. Egypt’s revolution is an international flashpoint, where a popular movement for justice has mobilized millions and aroused hundreds of millions more across Arab countries and around the world in its heroic struggle for justice, democracy and liberation against a dictatorship backed by corporate power, brutal rule, and U.S. imperialism.

    We salute the Egyptian people’s revolution and we echo the call that resounds on Egypt’s streets — “The people want to bring down the regime!” — not just Mubarak himself, but his cronies and the structure of dictatorship, torture, and subservience to the US and Israel that has maintained their authority to date.

    * Please let us know if your organization has an event, action item, or meeting planned. We would like to keep a common calendar. Email us at
    * Please sign, and get your organization to sign, the above appeal. Sign online at!

    No Mubarak, No Suleiman, No US Puppet Dictator, No More Economic Neoliberal Austerity! FULL REGIME CHANGE!

    In solidarity and struggle,
    Al-Awda New York
    New York City Labor Against the War
    International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
    Labor for Palestine

    Appeal from the April 6th Youth Movement

    Press Release from Arabic Network for Human Rights Information

    What is Egyptian Emergency Law?

    Who is Omar Suleiman?

    Sign on here!


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