Archive for 'Revolutionary Socialists of Egypt'
Revolutions usually begin with a temporary and apparent unity among all those who oppose the old regime. However, with the beginning of the fall of that regime, opposition forces quickly become divided according to the interests which they express, their conceptions of revolution and the limits of their goals, between the completion of the revolution and its halting, between the political demands and social demands of the revolution.
For capitalism, both global and Egyptian, is in a state of collapse and the Egyptian working class is in a constant state of near uprising. These historical conditions do not recur often, so either we progress toward the second Egyptian Revolution or our fate will be the victory of the counterrevolution.
We will not accept a new pharaoh. The Revolutionary Socialists [of Egypt] call on the revolutionary people to save the revolution which has been stolen by an alliance between the Brotherhood and the remnants of Mubarak’s regime. We call on people to come out into the streets with the slogans: bread, freedom, social justice.
The organised pressure of the masses is the only way to achieve the goals of our revolution in Egypt. The revolutionary front has become an indispensable necessity, provided that it is founded upon real roots, that it adopts the social and political demands of the people, organizes them, and supports the struggle to attain those goals.
It is the class struggle in Greece which offers hope. It is the class struggle in Egypt which offers hope.
An Egyptian Revolutionary Socialist statement issued on 29 December said that the Brotherhood was being used as “tool of the state” in an assault on revolutionary activists. “The main actor in this attack is the same security and ‘exceptional’ judicial apparatus which previously oppressed the Brotherhood,” it continued.
The problem is how the revolutionary groups can succeed in building a social programme which transforms the slogan of social justice adopted by the revolution –and which sets them apart from the liberals and the Islamists – into concrete, practical steps linked to wages, prices, rights to housing, health, education and employment, inter-connecting the achievement of this programme with the presence of a revolutionary government in power.
The swift retreat of Tag-al-Din and those in the Brotherhood who wanted to work with the military council to attack the revolutionary forces, shows the pressures and contradictions faced by the Islamists as they stand on the verge of political power.
But it is likely that there will be other such attacks on revolutionary activists in the near future. As Sameh Naguib warned in a meeting on Monday night “the campaigns of repression and smears have only just begun and organised solidarity between all the revolutionary forces is crucial. But the Egyptian mass movement has broken the barrier of fear.”
Revolutionary Socialists of Egypt: We want to dismantle the state of oppression – نريد اسقاط الدولة المستبدة
We reaffirm our strong stand against SCAF and reassurance of the dismantling of the Egyptian State of repression, inequality, and injustice in order to build a State based on freedom, social justice, and dignity for human rights.
In Egypt dozens of demonstrators have fallen to baton charges, water cannons, rubber bullet rounds and live ammunition. These developments follow a rising tide of workers’ protests, and the announcement by large numbers of workers’ organisations of their intention to demonstrate and occupy in order to continue the revolutionary tasks of cleansing public institutions of the remnants of the Mubarak regime and the redistribution of wealth in society.
This is why it was necessary to break up the sit-in by armed force in order to block the possibility of fusion between the working masses who brought down the Mubarak regime by their strikes in the last days of his rule, and the revolutionaries in the sit-in outside the Cabinet Offices.
Mostafa Omar, a member of Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists and journalist for Ahram Online, spoke with Lee Sustar in Socialist Worker about the dynamics of the movement and the prospects for the renewal of Egypt’s revolutionary movement.