Archive for November 23rd, 2011

23/11/2011

Q&A with Mostafa Omar, of Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists

Human Wrongs Watch

SocialistWorker* Mostafa Omar, a member of Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists and journalist for Ahram Online, spoke with Lee Sustar about the dynamics of the movement and the prospects for the renewal of Egypt’s revolutionary movement.

Photo: Mosa’ab Elshami | SocialistWorker.org

What was the trigger for this latest crisis in Egypt?

The immediate trigger was an incident last Saturday, November 19, when the police went to break up a sit-in of no more than 100 people on the center traffic island of Tahrir Square. Most of them had been injured in the January 25 uprising that led to the overthrow of Mubarak.

The sit-in followed a big march the day before that was dominated by the Islamists, demanding that the Supreme Council hand over power to a civilian administration by the end of April 2012. The day went just fine.

But one Islamist leader, a conservative Salafist, called off his plan for a sit-in and left with his supporters, so just 100 people were there overnight. Police came the following morning and began brutalizing them, and ejected them from the square.

But thousands responded to this repression by coming to the square to reclaim it.

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23/11/2011

Unstoppable Revolution in Egypt

Human Wrongs Watch

Cairo, Nov. 23 – Violent clashes between security forces and unarmed protesters continued to expand in Cairo and other major Egyptian cities for the fifth consecutive day since the “One Million” people march which started on November 18 to demand the immediate end of military rule.

Image: The Lion of Egyptian Revolution* | Wikimedia Commons

Most conservative estimates talk about 35 deaths in five days in addition to over 2,000 people injured and more than 300 people arrested.

Several hundreds of thousands of Egyptians continued shouting “al shaab urid isqat el moushir” (the people want the fall of the field marshal), in explicit reference to Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, deposed Hosni Mubarak’s Defence minister and current Chief of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) since last February.

The new, massive wave of protests came hours after Tantawi announced that the military had no interest in staying in power; that it would organise presidential elections by June next year; that the scheduled parliamentarian poles will start on Nov. 28, and that it will form a new government following the people demands.

Far from calming down the protests, hundreds of thousands of Egyptians continued their mobilisations amid growing mistrust of the ruling military junta.

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