Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tahrir Square, Cairo: they're back!

Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt: this photo shows the thousands of democracy protestors who filled Tahrir Square yesterday (many set up occupy tents) to oppose a decree by President Mursi giving himself dictatorial powers. What the hell made him think he was gonna get away with that!? Media reports say he was feeling cocky after brokering Israel’s ceasefire. That’s the simple-minded propaganda that passes for analysis in western media. They also report “the West has voiced its concern” at Mursi giving himself autocratic powers. Concern, my ass! Last week, Egypt signed a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a $4.8 billion loan. They don’t dish out money to people who don’t play ball with imperialism. How much US military aid is Egypt still receiving? The hand of the US, Israel, & other western governments is written all over that Mursi decree. Mursi’s episodic & electoral front office display of democratic rule does not mask the fact that the military, bankrolled by the US, remains in control. And it exposes the fact that collusion with Egypt is critical to US plans in the region & dictatorship in Egypt is critical to those plans.

It’s only been two years since millions of Egyptians rose up & bounced the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. Thousands were killed, beaten, incarcerated, tortured in that uprising. In the revolt against Mursi’s decree, one person has already been killed & over 370 people injured by police violence--just in one week. Judging from this photo, the Egyptian uprising is back in a big way. Our fullest solidarity with their struggle. No US military aid to Egypt! (Photo by Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters)

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