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A version of this article was published in schNEWS….
Egyptian dissidents celebrated on Friday as Hosni Mubarak, who had been in power for over three decades finally threw in the towel after mass protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and across the country, refused to abate. However, the Egyptian revolution is not yet won as the military have stepped in, repressed protest and threatened to declare martial law.
Inspired by events in Egypt and Tunisia, where President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced to flee the country on the 14th of January, popular protests have rippled through the Middle East this week in Iran, Yemen, Algeria, Libya and Bahrain. Read more of this post
People have been protesting across the US since late January, both in support of the Egyptian uprising and against US support for the Mubarak regime. The demos have varied greatly, from the more statist or humanitarianly focussed, to people calling actively for an end to repression and the total overthrow of the regime.
Across the world people have taken to the streets in solidarity with, and inspired by, the Egyptian uprising.
Thousands of people have demonstrated in the West Bank city of Ramallah, waving Palestinian, Egyptian and Tunisian flags… And burning some American ones.
Having made several highly repressive attempts to ban Egypt solidarity demos (see HRW report), the PA ‘let’ this one go ahead, with both a uniformed police presence, and reports of plain-clothed infiltrators. The demonstrators stood not only in solidarity with the revolts in Egypt and Tunisia, but against repression in Palestine, both that of the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority; demanding “an end to the occupation, internal division, normalization, oppressive regimes, and to US and Western complicity in maintaining Israel’s colonial system and protecting despotic Arab regimes.” (Press Release, Ramallah Online )
This blog was set up by European anarchists who wanted to send reports of the Egyptian uprising and pool calls for international action in solidarity with the rebellion.
Unfortunately our first post is concerned with intimidation that we were on the receiving end of. As we arrived we were arrested with scores of foreign passport holders in a round up of internationals in Cairo, including many foreign journalists.
Whilst this might seem as if its a personal account, in fact the intimidation of foreign passport holders is indicative of the almost total repression of the Egyptian people and moves by the state to cut all reporting of the ongoing rebellion. It can be seen as an attempt, along with the attacks on access to the phone network and internet, to completely isolate the uprising and limit the possibility of international solidarity. Read more of this post
First hand reports from an anarchist perspective from the Cairo uprising, in solidarity with the direct action of the people of Egypt against state repression.
Drawing together grassroots and alternative media coverage from the Egyptian rebellion and creating a forum for calls to global solidarity.