Pro-democracy mass movements continue


With dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s control over the country ebbing, the United States and its European allies are stepping up their intervention into the Libyan crisis: here.

This video is about Mohammed Ghannouchi resigning amid Tunisian protests.

The prime minister of Tunisia, Mohammed Ghannouchi, a holdover from the hated dictatorship of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, announced his resignation Sunday in an address on national television. He stepped down after more than a week of mass demonstrations against his government, culminating in two days of rioting in which police killed five protesters: here.

Police crackdown against protests in Egypt, Oman: here.

Europe’s Favorite Dictators: The EU Has Failed the Arab World: here.

Oil and influence: Libya and the West’s hypocrisy: here.

2 thoughts on “Pro-democracy mass movements continue

  1. http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2011/hamalawy260211.html

    26.02.11
    Egypt: Mass Strikes and the Military Junta
    by Hossam el-Hamalawy

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    “Do not stop the working class from striking (and good luck if you try anyway — they won’t listen to you). Let’s put our energy into supporting strikes and help unionize workers. We need a general strike to bring down this regime once and for all. The revolution must continue. . . .”
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    Everyone is rightly upset about what the army did in Tahrir Square last night. Let’s remember, however, the military already moved against peaceful protesters in Suez and is accused of involvement in arrest and torture of hundreds during the uprising. And almost every day there is a statement from the army warning strikers and protesters, coupled with an orchestrated media campaign in both state and private TV channels discrediting labor strikes and renewed protests in Tahrir. What happened last night should not come as a shock.

    If Mubarak’s regime was corrupt (and it was), then why do we treat the military institution, which provided the backbone of his dictatorship, as “neutral” or “pure”? The leadership of this institution, namely the generals of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, are part of Mubarak’s regime. And any real change would affect their privileges and control.

    We cannot and will not carry arms against the army. I salute and support all the efforts to resume the protests in Tahrir, including the one planned for today at 2 pm. But still, the most effective weapon is mass strikes. Do not stop the working class from striking (and good luck if you try anyway — they won’t listen to you). Let’s put our energy into supporting strikes and help unionize workers. We need a general strike to bring down this regime once and for all. The revolution must continue. . . .

    Hossam el-Hamalawy is an Egyptian socialist, journalist, and photographer. Visit his blog: http://www.arabawy.org. Follow Hossam el-Hamalawy at twitter.com/3arabawy. This note was first published in his blog on 26 February 2011 under a Creative Commons license.

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