Mubarak gone, people fight on

This video is called 11th Feb. 2011 – Storyful – Mubarak Resigns Egypt Cairo Tahrir celebrations Alexandria.

The World Socialist Web Site hails the downfall of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. As significant as this event is, however, it is only the beginning of this struggle: here.

Massive demonstrations and a growing strike wave forced the Friday resignation of Hosni Mubarak. While millions celebrated his ouster, power has been claimed by the military: here.

Cam McGrath, Inter Press Service: “In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the popular uprising that began on Jan. 25, some two million protesters let out a cathartic roar heard for miles across the sprawling capital. A 30-second announcement had ended 30 years of repressive authoritarian rule. Details of the soft military coup that removed Mubarak from power, and apparently Suleiman as well, are yet unclear. Defence minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, chief of the armed forces, became Egypt’s de facto leader… Analysts say the constitutionality of the military intervention is a moot point, as Egypt’s constitution was tailored to serve the interests of dictators like Mubarak. Protesters have demanded that the document be scrapped and a new constitution forged”: here.

So Mubarak is Gone – What Does That Mean for Egyptian Women? Here.

USA: Obama administration officials reacted to yesterday’s ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak with hypocritical declarations of solidarity with the democratic aspirations of the Egyptian masses. Their comments barely disguised, however, the alarm they felt at the downfall of a dictator the US government has backed for 31 years: here.

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “The streets of Cairo were alive with jubilation on Friday after the announcement that Hosni Mubarak had finally surrendered to the inevitable and lit out of town. After more than two weeks of protest, tension and sheer grit, the deal went down and the air rang with shouts of victorious joy. In America, by contrast, all was quiet. The rich got richer, the poor got poorer, millions of people went without work, and the ‘news’ media kept everyone up to date on the latest criminal doings of Lindsey Lohan….but but but…Things are better in America than they are in Egypt. Right?Right?”: here.

By David Walsh:

Popular anger boils over in Iraq

Further protests in Algeria, Tunisia and Yemen

12 February 2011

The eruption of the Egyptian revolution, in the wake of the Tunisian events, is inspiring populations across the Middle East and North Africa.

Protest over social conditions spread to Iraq this week, as demonstrations broke out in numerous cities. Meanwhile, a mass rally has been scheduled in Algiers for Saturday. In Tunisia itself, the population continues to simmer, with the same autocratic power structures still in place despite the flight of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Jordan, Yemen and Morocco are also witnessing protests.

The Iraqi population is beginning to openly register its opposition to the wretched conditions that have been created by eight years of US and allied occupation, as well as bitter sectarian conflict.

Last weekend, protesters stormed government buildings and a police station in Hamza, an impoverished and heavily Shiite community in southern Iraq, to protest shortages of power, food and jobs, as well as political corruption. Security officials allegedly opened fire on the demonstrators, killing one and wounding four others.

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    Demands of the Iron and Steel Workers

    1. Immediate resignation of the president and all men and symbols of the regime.

    2. Confiscation of funds and property of all symbols of previous regime and everyone proved corrupt.

    3. Iron and steel workers, who have given martyrs and militants, call upon all workers of Egypt to revolt from the regime’s and ruling party workers’ federation, to dismantle it and announce their independent union now, and to plan for their general assembly to freely establish their own independent union without prior permission or consent of the regime, which has fallen and lost all legitimacy.

    4. Confiscation of public-sector companies that have been sold or closed down or privatized, as well as the public sector which belongs to the people and its nationalization in the name of the people and formation of a new management by workers and technicians.

    5. Formation of a workers’ monitoring committee in all workplaces, monitoring production, prices, distribution and wages.

    6. Call for a general assembly of all sectors and political trends of the people to develop a new constitution and elect real popular committees without waiting for the consent or negotiation with the regime.

    A huge workers’ demonstration will join the Tahrir Square on Friday, the 11th of February 2011 to join the revolution and announce the demands of the workers of Egypt.

    Long live the revolution!
    Long live Egypt’s workers!
    Long live the intifada of Egyptian youth—People’s revolution for the people!


  2. Salute the people’s victory!

    Long live the Egyptian revolution!

    Message from the International Action Center

    The International Action Center joins with the people of Egypt and the world in celebrating the stunning triumph of people’s power and mass action in Egypt.

    The greatest analysts of human society described real revolutions as “festivals of the masses.” We see then that the 18 days that overturned the Hosni Mubarak dictatorship is one of the greatest revolutions in the history of humanity. Never before have so many in such a condensed period of time become the actors and writers of their own history. We congratulate the people of Egypt for their tremendous victory over a tyrant who for 30 years had the support of the “great powers” of the European Union and especially of the United States until the final moments of his reign.

    We salute the Tunisian people too who threw out the Ben Ali dictatorship and launched this new chapter of world history. We salute the Egyptian youths who called for the Jan. 25 protests. We salute the women and men who defended with their bodies the encampment at Tahrir Square against the counterattack of the most reactionary forces on Feb. 2-4. We salute the textile, petroleum and workers, the teachers, nurses, doctors and lawyers, the Suez Canal employees, all workers whose strikes in the last days brought a new element of strength to a glorious revolution. We salute those who took the offensive and attacked the headquarters of the police and the ruling party. We salute the soldiers in Tahrir Square and the sailors of Alexandria who fraternized with the demonstrators. We salute especially the more than 300 martyrs of this revolution.

    The imperialist governments of the U.S. and Europe that now rush to hide their 30 years of support for the dictatorship are now asking: “What next?” They fear the revolution will spread across North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and will help liberate embattled Palestine from the Zionist occupation. They fear the Egyptian success will inspire workers in the imperialist countries to struggle harder and make political demands. We in the IAC are confident that the Egyptian people will soon give an answer. Our own experience with the Egyptian community in the United States can show why we are so optimistic.

    In the past weeks we have worked hand-in-hand with progressive Egyptians assisting in organizing solidarity demonstrations. For today, Feb. 12, we helped plan an emergency demonstration in Washington, D.C., that yesterday’s victory replaced by a series of local celebrations. We saw that the energy, the willingness to sacrifice, the ingenuity and flexibility of the Egyptians here, liberated by the strength of the revolution at home, made it clear that the Egyptians will create the institutions needed to overcome the obstacles to establishing real national liberation and people’s democracy.

    We conclude with a message directed at progressive people inside the United States. We recognize the hypocrisy of the U.S. government in its current show of solidarity with a revolution that they don’t dare dismiss or rebuke publicly. We know that they are plotting many ways of intervening and reversing the gains of the revolution. And we must pledge to do what we can to prevent Washington from intervening in any way against the people of Egypt and the entire region.


    Long live the Egyptian revolution!

    From IAC organizers and activists, Feb. 12, 2011



    The Workers, Middle Class, Military Junta, and the Permanent Revolution

    Feb 12 2011 by Hossam El-Hamalawy

    “These workers are not going home anytime soon. They started strikes because they couldn’t feed their families anymore. They have been emboldened by Mubarak’s overthrowal, and cannot go back to their children and tell them the army has promised to bring them food and their rights in I don’t know how many months. Many of the strikers have already started raising additional demands of establishing free trade unions away from the corrupt, state backed Egyptian Federation of Trade Unions.”

    Since yesterday, and actually earlier, middle class activists have been urging Egyptians to suspend the protests and return to work, in the name of patriotism, singing some of the most ridiculous lullabies about “let’s build new Egypt,” “Le’ts work harder than even before,” ect . . . In case you didn’t know, actually Egyptians are among the hardest working people around the globe already.

    Those activists want us to trust Mubarak’s generals with the transition to democracy — the same junta that has provided the backbone of his dictatorship over the past 30 years. And while I believe the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, who receive $1.3 billion annually from the US, will eventually engineer the transition to a “civilian” government, I have no doubt it will be a government that will guarantee the continuation of a system that will never touch the army’s privileges, keep the armed forces as the institution that will have the final say in politics (like for example Turkey), guarantee Egypt will continue to follow the US foreign policy whether it’s the undesired peace with Apartheid State of Israel, safe passage for the US navy in the Suez Canal, the continuation of the Gaza siege and exports of natural gas to Israel at subsidized rates. The “civilian” government is not about cabinet members who do not wear military uniforms. A civilian government means a government that fully represents the Egyptian people’s demands and desires without any intervention from the brass. And I see this hard to be accomplished or allowed by the junta.

    The military has been the ruling institution in this country since 1952. Its leaders are part of the establishment. And while the young officers and soldiers are our allies, we cannot for one second lend our trust and confidence to the generals. Moreover, those army leaders need to be investigated. I want to know more about their involvement in the business sector.

    All classes in Egypt took part in the uprising. In Tahrir Square you found sons and daughters of the Egyptian elite, together with the workers, middle class citizens, and the urban poor. Mubarak has managed to alienate all social classes in society including wide section of the bourgeoisie. But remember that it’s only when the mass strikes started three days ago that’s when the regime started crumbling and the army had to force Mubarak to resign because the system was about to collapse.

    Some have been surprised that the workers started striking. I really don’t know what to say. This is completely idiotic. The workers have been staging the longest and most sustained strike wave in Egypt’s history since 1946, triggered by the Mahalla strike in December 2006. It’s not the workers’ fault that you were not paying attention to their news. Every single day over the past three years there was a strike in some factory whether it’s in Cairo or the provinces. These strikes were not just economic, they were also political in nature.

    From day 1 of our uprising, the working class has been taking part in the protests. Who do you think were the protesters in Mahalla, Suez and Kafr el-Dawwar for example? However, the workers were taking part as “demonstrators” and not necessarily as “workers” — meaning, they were not moving independently. The govt had brought the economy to halt, not the protesters by its curfew, shutting down of banks and business. It was a capitalist strike, aiming at terrorizing the Egyptian people. Only when the govt tried to bring the country back to “normal” on Sunday that workers returned to their factories, discussed the current situation, and started to organize en masse, moving as a block.

    The strikes waged by the workers this week were both economic and political fused together. In some of the locations the workers did not list the regime’s fall among their demands, but they used the same slogans as those protesting in Tahrir and in many cases, at least those I managed to learn about and I’m sure there are others, the workers put forward a list of political demands in solidarity with the revolution.

    These workers are not going home anytime soon. They started strikes because they couldn’t feed their families anymore. They have been emboldened by Mubarak’s overthrowal, and cannot go back to their children and tell them the army has promised to bring them food and their rights in I don’t know how many months. Many of the strikers have already started raising additional demands of establishing free trade unions away from the corrupt, state backed Egyptian Federation of Trade Unions.

    Today, I’ve already started receiving news that thousands of Public Transport workers are staging protests in el-Gabal el-Ahmar. The temporary workers at Helwan Steel Mills are also protesting. The Railway technicians continue to bring trains to halt. Thousands of el-Hawamdiya Sugar Factory are protesting and oil workers will start a strike tomorrow over economic demands and also to impeach Minister Sameh Fahmy and halt gas exports to Israel. And more reports are coming from other industrial centers.

    At this point, the Tahrir Square occupation is likely to be suspended. But we have to take Tahrir to the factories now. As the revolution proceeds an inevitable class polarization is to happen. We have to be vigilant. We shouldn’t stop here. . . We hold the keys to the liberation of the entire region, not just Egypt. . . Onwards with a permanent revolution that will empower the people of this country with direct democracy from below. . .

    [More from Hossam El-Hamalawy at]


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