Egyptians fight for democracy

This video from Egypt is called Protesters return to Tahrir Square.

By Chris Marsden:

Mass protests against referendum on new Egyptian constitution

12 December 2012

Over a hundred thousand people demonstrated in Cairo and tens of thousands more rallied in other Egyptian cities yesterday against a referendum scheduled for December 15 on an Islamist constitution. Championed by President Mohamed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood, the new constitution enshrines the authority of the military.

Last weekend, a declaration issued by Mursi affirmed that the vote on the constitution would go ahead.

Protesters in Cairo breached a concrete barrier erected by the army outside the presidential palace. They toppled the concrete blocks with chains while hundreds of soldiers fell back closer to the palace walls. In Alexandria, thousands protested, and rival demonstrations were staged by supporters of Mursi in both cities.

Anti-Mursi protests were also held in Suez, Mahalla and Port Said. …

Police repeatedly fired tear gas near Tahrir Square as protesters continued to arrive in large numbers.

The chant of the 2011 revolution that brought down the US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak, “The people want to bring down the regime,” resounded in Cairo and other cities, including Alexandria and Suez.

A new book shows how the Muslim Brotherhood’s emphasis on religious ideology led to their downfall, says Dan Glazebrook: here.

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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