Strikes in tunisian schools. Gathering with masks.
Since December, a hot revolt spreads all over north Africa. It reached Egypt, Yemen and Lebanon, passing through Libya, Tunisia and Algeria. Hundreds of people have died- from bullets, fire, tear gaz, or just disappeared. Though thousands of prisoners have been liberated in Tunisia- after hundereds of them revolted and tens of them died- many are still imprisoned and have no contact with the outside.
Torture and pressure is now going on all over North Africa, while civil war is clarified. Barricades are built to separate the neighborhood, to protect them and prevent police from enter. Individuals and associations of people gather to fight every day, even though demonstrations have been forbiden now on. Pupils forget about schools, and street lights are turned off at 6pm. In Tunisia, after the fall of Ben Ali, people continue to fight hard to put down the Government Parti.
It’s not about another “third world catastrophy”, in which “alot of people die like in every dictatorship”. It’s about old and yound people fighting together, creating their future by taking back their present, their lives.
It’s now more important than ever to support these insurrections: the Western world is still totally involved in these troubles. Selling weapons and ruling economy, when chasing, imprisoning and deportating undocumented people who finally escaped their countries. A world solidarity has been shown when Alexis has been killed in 2008 in Greece- let’s show our concrete and warm support to these courageous people who rise up against their Police, their Government, and the Western World humiliating and dominating them.
That’s the view of Syria-based Arab anarchist Mazen Kamalmaz,
He says: One thing that is very important about these demonstrations and rebellions is that they were totally spontaneous and initiated by the masses.
“It is true that different political parties joined later, but the whole struggle was to a great extent a manifestation of the autonomous action of the masses.
“That is true also for the Islamist political groups. Maybe these groups think now that any election could bring them to power, but with revolting masses in the streets this is difficult, I think that the masses will actively refuse to submit again to any repressive power, but even if this could happen, people will not accept this time to be just subjects, most of all with fresh euphoric memories of the peak of freedom they won by their own struggle.
“No power could that easily force them to submit again to any kind of repressive regime.
“Egypt is the biggest country in the Middle East and its strategic role is very important.
“It is one of the main pillars of the US Middle East policy. Even if the old regime could survive for some time or even if the new regime would be pro-American, the pressure of the masses will be always there from now on.
“In a word, the US, the main supporter of the current regime, will suffer badly due to the revolt of the Egyptian masses.
“This is the start of a new era, the masses are rising, and their freedom is at stake, the tyrannies are shaken, it is for sure the start of a new world.”
Saturday, 29 January 2011
Egyptian uprising on the brink of victory
The above video from Egypt is a must-watch. Full-quality version here.
Report from Angry News From Around the World
CHAOS engulfed Egypt Friday as protesters seized the streets of the capital, battling police with stones and firebombs, burning down the ruling party headquarters, and defying a night curfew enforced by a military deployment.
It was the peak of unrest posing the most dire threat to President Hosni Mubarak in his three decades of authoritarian rule.
The government’s attempts to suppress demonstrations appeared to be swiftly eroding support from the U.S. — suddenly forced to choose between its most important Arab ally and a democratic uprising demanding his ouster.
Washington threatened to reduce a $1.5 billion program of foreign aid if Mubarak escalated the use of force.
The protesters were sure to be emboldened by their success in bringing tens of thousands to the streets in defiance of a ban, a large police force, countless canisters of tear gas, and even a nighttime curfew enforced by the first military deployment of the crisis.
Flames rose in cities across Egypt as police cars burned and protesters set the ruling party headquarters in Cairo ablaze. Hundreds of young men tore televisions, fans and stereo equipment from other buildings of the National Democratic Party neighboring the Egyptian Museum, home of King Tutankhamun’s treasures and one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.
Young men could be seen forming a human barricade in front of the museum to protect it.
Others around the city looted banks, smashed cars, tore down street signs and pelted armored riot police vehicles with paving stones torn from roadways.
“We are the ones who will bring change,” said 21-year-old Ahmed Sharif. “If we do nothing, things will get worse. Change must come!” he screamed through a surgical mask he wore to ward off the tear gas.
For Him For All of Us
– Mubarak has to go, is still required from the crowd.
President Mubarak has used the day to show military muscle
More and more armored vehicles now characterize the streets of Cairo. In the afternoon flew both fighters and military helicopters low over the crowd, demonstrating, according to news channel Al Jazeera .
Every time the fighters approached, the people cheered, and considered the whole thing almost for a trial of strength between himself and the president’s Air Force.
According to Reuters is the former Nobel laureate milling, Mohamed ElBaradei, now on its way to Tahrir Square to once again express their support for the demonstrations. ElBaradei has not been out on the streets since Thursday.
Political analysts have wondered whether ElBaradei will be total opposition spokesman and eventually launch himself as presidential candidate if Mubarak were to resign.
Will the Tunisian scenario be repeated in Egypt?
“Here’s the smell of the blood still; all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh!” William Shakespeare
This quote perfectly expresses Tunisians’ standpoint when the ousted president delivered his last speech in which he announced major reforms on January 13. Tunisia’s revolution against Ben Ali’s iron-fisted regime is the proof that repression of the masses and attempts to crack down nation-wide demonstrations using tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition result in escalation. Egypt is witnessing a similar scenario these days. Change from below seems imminent once again and the potentate risks to be deposed. Indeed, despite the oppressive measures taken by the Egyptian government, thousands are expected to join street protests scheduled after Friday prayer today. It was reported that Egyptian authorities blocked mobile phone networks. Twitter, Facebook and some video-sharing websites were also blocked. Eventually, major internet service providers were cut off. Social media helped considerably in organizing the uprising. However, blocking communication networks in an attempt to disconnect demonstrators the one from the other is not going to repel the protests. Facebook did not start the uprising. It only helped rally people. Social networking and video-sharing websites are now used to inform the international community about what is happening in Egypt. Trying to put an end to new media coverage is a clear indication that the regime wants to cut people off the outside world. Cybercitizens’ role proved bigger than professional journalists’ in such revolutions.
Egyptian citizens are obviously in danger, especially that the Egyptian security forces have an alarming record as far as repression of demonstrations is concerned. Mubarak’s warning that the police will deal “firmly” with demonstrators echoes former president Ben Ali’s words, which predicts a massacre similar to the one Tunisians knew or even worse since Egyptians are nine times more numerous. The ruling party in Tunisia resorted to militia of criminals who initiated acts of vandalism and infiltrated the protesting crowds to instigate violence and justify the police’s onslaught on unarmed people. Citizens spontaneously created popular committees to fight against the militia which were looting and burning buildings down, guard neighbourhoods and arrest offenders with the help of the army. One thousand prisoners were released by the government. Some prisons were torched and many prisoners burnt alive while others fled. Some lawyers said a number of political prisoners were shot dead. Amnesty international has revealed disturbing new evidence of the Tunisian security forces brutality. Snipers shot demonstrators who were running away and presented no threat at all. Many people who did not take part in any protests were shot in the chest or the head. Others were killed in front of their houses by snipers on the roofs.
Mubarak may commit similar crimes against the Egyptian people. A Youtube video shows a man being killed by a sniper in North Sinai as he was fleeing.
It is very probable that Egyptian protestors may be accused of terrorist attacks today, especially that several members of the banned organization Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested. Protestors are, however, driven by social and political goals, not religious ones. Christian Egyptians are not less concerned with the uprising. In fact, Egypt is witnessing unprecedented solidarity, much similar to that seen in Tunisia. More unity will characterize the whole nation in the coming days. People will not stop protesting before their demands are met. They have proved over the three last days how civilized and peaceful they are. It should be clear to everyone that the government, not protestors, is behind any attacks or acts of vandalism that may be seen today. Security forces will not be able to contain the masses and murder will only strengthen everyone’s determination to topple the president. Stronger pressure from the international community should be exerted on Mubarak to end the killing and allow a peaceful transition period that paves the way for a democratic Egypt.