Solidarity appeal from Egypt

April 11, 2008

The Center for Socialist Studies in Egypt has called for solidarity with victims of repression in Egypt following a renewed crackdown by the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

IN LIGHT of recent events in Egypt on April 6, 2008, the Center for Socialist Studies calls on supporters of freedom and justice everywhere in the world to show their support for victims of repression in Egypt.

Put pressure on the Egyptian dictatorship to release the more than 800 people detained, including more than 150 political activists (socialists, liberals and Islamists); more than 600 protesters from Mahallah (mainly women and children); and Mahallah strike committee leaders Kamal El-Faioumy and Tarek Amin, who are facing serious allegations of agitation that can lead to long prison sentences.

On the background of a call for a strike on April 6 in the Mahallah textile complex by the workers, political forces decided to support the strike through parallel symbolic work stoppages and peaceful protests. However, the Mubarak regime, in retaliation, decided to occupy the Mahalla complex with security forces, abduct strike committee leaders Kamal El-Faioumy and Tarek Amin and arrest political activists of every political tendency in Cairo and other cities.

Not able to suppress the protests, Mubarak security forces used rubber bullets, tear gas and live ammunition against the Mahallah people, who had decided to protest on the streets of the city and in different villages, leaving at least two dead and hundreds injured.

As fighters in this struggle, the Center for Socialist Studies calls on all activists and supporters of freedom and justice everywhere in the world to support us in our fight. The inspirational fight of the Egyptian working class over the past 18 months, which culminated in the events in Mahallah and in the mass protests of yesterday, and the terrified reactions of the Mubarak regime have proven our faith in the centrality of the working class to liberate Egypt from dictatorship and exploitation.

We call upon you circulate the news about the maximum repression and violence of the Mubarak regime. We call upon you to organize rallies and protests in front of the Egyptian embassy where you live and to send protest messages and letters against the Mubarak regime.

Long live the struggle of the working class!

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