Egypt’s dictator gives away islands to Saudi Arabia, people protest


This video says about itself:

Egyptian Female Activist Shaima al-Sabbagh Killed By Police In Tahrir Square Protest

24 January 2015

Shocking moment: female socialist activist is gunned down by police during demonstrations on 4th anniversary of Arab Spring against Hosni Mubarak

A woman was killed on Saturday in Cairo after the police fired shotgun pellets at a handful of socialist activists marching to Tahrir Square with flowers to commemorate the hundreds of demonstrators killed there during the revolution that began on Jan 25 2011 witnesses said.

A health ministry spokesman said Shaima al-Sabbagh died of birdshot wounds, which fellow protesters said were fired by police to disperse the march. Al Sabbagh who was said to be … with a five year old son, was shot while she peacefully marched towards the Tahrir Square to lay a commemorative wreath of roses.

Egyptian activists shared graphic images of Ms. Sabbagh’s last moments on social networks Photographs and video recorded before the police moved in seemed to show the protesters, including Ms Sabbagh, standing peacefully outside the Air France KLM office in Talaat Harb Square near Tahrir. As officers charged at the protesters guns drawn shots rang out and Ms. Sabbagh fell to the pavement. Al-Sabbagh was taken to a hospital where she was declared dead.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Egypt: Protesters vent fury at islands’ handover

Tuesday 26th April 2016

Cairo police break up demonstrations over Saudi Arabia deal

by Our Foreign Desk

POLICE fired tear gas and birdshot yesterday to break up protests against the ceding of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Demonstrators called on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to resign over the decision to surrender the islands of Tiran and Sanafir, at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba, in the second such protest in two weeks.

Riyadh placed the islands under Cairo’s protection in 1950 for fear that the newly created state of Israel would invade them.

General Sissi announced the territories’ cession during a state visit by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman earlier this month. Egypt is part of the Saudi-led coalition attacking Yemen.

Thousands of police and troops were deployed on the streets of Cairo before the marches on Sinai Liberation Day, marking the final pullout of Israeli occupation forces from the peninsula in 1982.

Many of the organisers’ gathering points were sealed off by police, including the offices of the doctors’ and journalists’ unions.

Pedestrians near the Press Syndicate building were stopped by police, who asked for identity documents and their destinations before turning many of them away.

Minibuses loaded with plainclothes police were also deployed at expected flashpoints.

A group of some 500 protesters led by prominent activists managed to gather in Mesaha square.

Their chants of “leave, leave,” directed at Gen Sissi, echoed across the square, along with “bread, freedom, the islands are Egyptian.”

Police in full riot gear arrived 10 minutes later and immediately fired tear gas and birdshot. The protesters fled and regrouped in smaller gatherings on nearby streets.

From their flats’ balconies, the square’s pro-government residents shouted “traitors” at the demonstrators below and poured water on them.

Later, plainclothes police were seen by reporters kicking and slapping protesters they had arrested.

Several websites reported that Michel George, the Cairo manager for news agency Reuters, had fled the country yesterday morning after police opened an investigation against him.

Mr George was questioned by police after he published comments by officers and intelligence sources that murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni had been “detained by police and then transferred to a compound run by homeland security the day he vanished.”

15 thoughts on “Egypt’s dictator gives away islands to Saudi Arabia, people protest

  1. On May 1, 1966, in a speech marking May Day, Egyptian President Gamel Abdel Nasser threatened to invade and occupy parts of Saudi Arabia if the monarchy headed by King Faisal intervened militarily in the ongoing civil war in Yemen.

    The bourgeois nationalist leader declared that Egyptian armed forces would seize the border towns of Qian and Najran, which were formerly part of the territory of Yemen. The two cities were being used as sanctuaries by Yemeni monarchist forces, supported by the reactionary Saudi regime, in a long civil war which had been raging in the former British colony at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula.

    The Saudi monarchy signed a $400 million arms agreement with the US and Britain during the winter, following its announced plans, with the backing of Britain, to construct an airfield five miles from the border, placing it directly opposite Egyptian military forces stationed in Yemen. On several occasions in the previous year, the Egyptian Air Force had bombed monarchist training camps inside Saudi Arabia, bringing sharp warnings from US imperialism that it would defend the “territorial integrity” of the monarchy.

    The threats of military intervention by Egypt followed the collapse of a peace agreement between Nasser and King Faisal brokered by the United States in August 1965. Simultaneously, the Egyptian government demanded increased economic aid from Washington from the current level of $55 million to $150 million. But Washington announced it would put on hold all discussion of new economic aid.

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/02/twih-m02.html

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  2. Wednesday, 4 May 2016

    EGYPT SHOULD LEGALISE INDEPENDENT TRADE UNIONS! – urges Human Rights Watch\

    THE Egyptian government should legalise independent trade unions, Human Rights Watch said last Sunday, May 1st, International Workers’ Day.

    What has emerged is that police officers were organised to join different protest groups, to take leading roles in them, urging fellow members of those groups to take illegal actions, and, as cover, were encouraged to marry a member of these groups, have families and to live together as loving couples.

    This is until the day that they were redeployed, when they walked out of the families that they had created, leaving wives and children in shock and then acute distress about their unexplained desertion for years, until the truth began to emerge of who their partners or fathers really were.

    The police have applied for sweeping legal orders to have large parts of the judge-led public inquiry held in private. They have made this request to try to prevent the truth that the British ruling class maintains an army of police spies and provocateurs to spy on the workers movement and protest movements, and that these spies routinely break any number of laws on behalf of the state.

    The Metropolitan Police are arguing that significant portions of the inquiry must sit in secret in order to protect the undercover officers who have infiltrated hundreds of political groups. In a detailed legal submission made in February, the Met said it wanted to be clear ‘at the outset’ that it would be ‘applying for much of the detail of past or current deployments’ to be considered in the absence of the general public and those who were spied upon.

    Five barristers hired by the Metropolitan Police said it is likely that ‘in the overwhelming majority of instances’ the Met are to argue that ‘the fact of, or details of an undercover police deployment’ must not be disclosed in the open sessions of the Inquiry. Nothing that identifies an undercover officer should be made public, they added.

    They are desperately keen to protect their state apparatus of spies and provocateurs and their illegal activities. Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Stephen’s mother, has already called for the undercover officers who embedded themselves in political campaigns and spied on her family to be named.

    A majority of those monitored by the police, who are taking part in Pitchford’s Inquiry, are pressing for the publication of the fake names of the undercover officers and the groups they infiltrated to be published.

    Helen Steel, a social justice campaigner who was deceived into a two-year relationship with undercover spy John Dines, said: ‘The inquiry was set up to investigate human rights abuses by undercover officers. How can anyone have any faith in it if it is held in secret? Why should those who committed the abuses be protected above those who suffered the abuses?’

    In the legal submission published last week, the Met’s barristers said: ‘Undercover police officers and their families are likely to face real harm if anything is disclosed that tends to identify them, and will suffer the unfairness of losing a lifelong expectation that their roles would not be made public’. They say that this harm could range from revenge attacks to ‘social ostracisation’ and ‘subjective fears leading to serious emotional unhappiness’.

    After the Hillsbrough inquest verdict, and the campaign for an inquiry into the violent police foot and mounted attack on the miners and the NUM at Orgreave, the state has clearly a lot to hide and answer for.

    There are a number of questions that must be heard and answered publicly. Some of them are: How and why did officers have relationships with women? How many did so? Why did they use the names of dead children as part of their cover? How many miscarriages of justice have they been involved in? Which MPs and trade unionists have been and are being monitored? Did they infiltrate campaigns such as the fight by Stephen Lawrence’s family?

    They will not answer these questions. The capitalist state and its machinations are above the law. Justice, and the required answers, will only be achieved through a socialist revolution that smashes the capitalist state into smithereens and buries the capitalist system which sponsors and owns it!

    http://wrp.org.uk/news/12066

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