2 thoughts on “Egyptians fight for democracy

  1. Mursi’s presumption
    Reciprocating Mursi’s error or using it to push ahead democratization

    Mursi might have thought that he could ride the wave of his diplomatic success over Gaza to score some points at home: Moving against the abhorred judges of Mubarak, he seemed to be sure of the overwhelming popular support to unilaterally finalize the constitutional process blocked by the old regime.



    4) Mursi: pharao or revolutionary?
    Contribution on the relation between revolutionary vanguard and the deep people

    For the vanguard Mursi is a counter-revolutionary driving the country back to a Mubarak-type dictatorship under Islamic guise. Conversely for important sections of the broad and often passive masses he is the guarantor of the revolution. The protests against Mursi’s authoritarian degrees tend to escalate into a struggle for toppling the president altogether. Set in this way the revolutionaries will hardly be able to win such a confrontation.


  2. Egypt: Strikes by farmers, teachers, temporary workers

    Al-Masry Al-Youm reported January 14, on a wave of protests nationally against poor living and working conditions.

    Residents, living near Kafr al-Sheikh, protesting against continuous power outages, blocked the highway. In Sharqiya, hundreds of workers of the Rostex Company for Dyeing and Printing took industrial action for higher salaries and incentives that match the wages offered at other companies. In Giza, farmers threatened to block roads in protest against industrial wastewater being dumped in canals, contaminating arable land.

    In Minya, substitute teachers staged a sit-in to demand permanent contracts and a sit-in continued at Assiut Cement, demanding better living conditions. In Ismailia temporary workers at the general hospital staged protests demanding long-term contracts and better wages.


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