Egyptian, Spanish, Greek democracy movements continue


EGYPTIANS were out Friday for nationwide rallies to protest against the ruling military council’s attempt to halt the revolution, in a call that has exposed political rifts: here.

Demonstrations last Friday in Egypt were among the largest since the revolutionary movement of workers and youth forced out the longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak: here.

A leading rights group says the Egyptian army arrested, tortured and forced women to take “virginity tests” during protests earlier this month: here.

FOR the fourth successive night, tens of thousands of youth and workers congregated in the main square of Athens outside the Vouli (Greek parliament) as part of the growing revolution in many European capitals: here.

Will Greeks Defy Rape and Pillage By Barbarian Bankers? An E-Mail from Athens: here.

This is a video from Madrid, Spain, about Puerta del Sol demonstrators on 21 May.

The occupation of Spain’s main Puerta del Sol Square in Madrid continued over the weekend, and protests are set to carry on next week: here.

“If things carry on like this, there won’t be work for any of us,” say Spain’s indignados: here.

8 thoughts on “Egyptian, Spanish, Greek democracy movements continue

  1. http://menasolidaritynetwork.com/2011/05/30/egypt-hossam-el-hamalawy-and-reem-maged-called-before-military-judges/

    Egypt: Hossam el-Hamalawy and Reem Maged called before military judges
    May 30, 2011

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    “We will not stand by and see courageous journalists silenced, and we stand in solidarity with all Egyptians who are fighting to defend their rights to protest, strike and express themselves freely. These are precious gains of the revolution of 25 January, during which nearly 1000 Egyptians sacrificed their lives.”
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    Background: Journalists Hossam el-Hamalawy, Reem Maged and Nabil Sharaf al-Din have been summoned to appear before military judges on 31 May. Mostafa Sheshtawy has a useful post here which provides a translation of Hossam’s comments which have upset the military so much (he called for an end to the practice of military trials for civilians and said he held the head of the Military Police, Hamdy Badeen, responsible for the torture and mistreatment of detainees).

    According to Al-Ahram, Nabil Sharaf al-Din was summoned the same day in relation to his criticisms of the Supreme Military Council’s handling of the transition period.

    Egyptian activists have called protests in Cairo and Alexandria, details here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=106968386061476

    Add your name to this statement: email menasolidarity@gmail.com
    Please note this is an updated version which adds Nabil Sharaf al-Din’s name (30/05/11 9pm)

    Please circulate widely

    We condemn the decision to refer journalists Hossam el-Hamalawy and Reem Maged for questioning by military judges on Tuesday 31 May in relation to their discussion of violations of human rights by the Egyptian military police and the ruling Supreme Military Council on Reem’s political talkshow which aired on ONTV on 26 May 2011. We likewise condemn the decision to refer journalist Nabil Sharaf al-Din for questioning by military judges in relation to comments he also made on ONTV.

    We will not stand by and see courageous journalists silenced, and we stand in solidarity with all Egyptians who are fighting to defend their rights to protest, strike and express themselves freely. These are precious gains of the revolution of 25 January, during which nearly 1000 Egyptians sacrificed their lives.

    We call on the Supreme Military Council to cease its harassment of journalists, activists and citizens who exercise their basic human rights to question their rulers.

    We affirm our support for the statement below on the right to strike and protest in Egypt which was first issued in March following the Egyptian cabinet’s decision to criminalise protests and strikes, but which is now more urgent than ever.

    The Egyptian people showed immense courage in overthrowing the dictator Mubarak. They braved armoured cars and bullets in order to win freedom and social justice. We call on Egypt’s current military and civilian rulers to respect the Egyptian people’s democratic rights, including the right to protest and strike. We call on the Egyptian cabinet to reverse its decision of 23 March 2011 to criminalise protests and strike action and to threaten those “inciting” such action with imprisonment or huge fines. We demand that the British government cease to provide assistance, arms or equipment to the Egyptian army and security forces which could be used to repress strikes and protests.

    We send our greetings to our brothers and sisters in Egypt’s independent trade unions, and pledge that we will not stand by while their rights are under threat. We will mobilise whatever solidarity we can to support their struggle for political freedom and social justice.

    To add your signature please email menasolidarity@gmail.com

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  2. Popular democratic movement thriving

    Around May First a delegation of the Anti-imperialist Camp visited representatives of the political forces that make up the democratic movement which toppled Mubarak. Our intention was to understand the dynamics of the events, to express our solidarity and to forge ties of co-operation:

    http://www.antiimperialista.org/en/node/6979

    Profile of the presidential candidates:
    http://www.antiimperialista.org/en/node/6935

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