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Friday February 04 2011
Pretoria: Demo in support of the Egyptian uprising
southern africa | miscellaneous | anarchist communist event Tuesday February 01, 2011 14:00 by Coalition for a Free Palestine, - SAMWU, PSC, PSA
The heroic masses of Egypt have risen up against the decades-old corrupt dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. Taking inspiration from the intifada in Tunisia, for six days, Egyptian protesters have been demanding that Mubarak be ejected from the office he has held for 30 years, demanding affordable prices for basic foods, and demanding jobs. Close to 200 protestors have been murdered by the security forces as they attempt to exercise their democratic rights.
International solidarity organisations, together with social movement activists, members of trade unions and Egyptians in South Africa have come together to celebrate the uprisings of the Egyptians and Tunisians and people’s power globally – whether in the Arab world or in Zimbabwe and Swaziland. We echo the calls of our people in the north of Africa who are demanding bread, jobs, dignity and democracy. Our anger is also directed at the tremendous support successive United States administrations have given to shore up dictators like Mubarak in the region and their collaboration with Israel and Israeli occupation.
Legions of commentators and politicians have declared that mass democratic action is a relic of the past, but events unfolding in Tunisia and Egypt have proved them all wrong. Making shoddy unmandated compromises behind closed doors, as the recent ‘Palestine Papers’ have shown, has wholly discredited the US, Israel and their fixers like Tony Blair. Instead, mass democratic action is bringing about real change, and dictators who once believed themselves to be untouchable are now shaking in their palaces! In South Africa we must now re-exercise our own mass democratic action to show solidarity with the courageous people of North Africa. Mass democratic action can move mountains!
We demand that the democratic South African government, which itself came to power as a result of the mass action of millions of South Africans, distances itself from the US and other friends of Israeli Apartheid bent on propping up Mubarak. The ANC Government must take the lead in the world, and publicly align itself with the courageous peoples of Egypt and Tunisia and their fight for democracy.
Over the next weeks, a number of activities will be held in solidarity with these struggles. These activities will kick off with a demonstration outside the Egyptian embassy in Pretoria, with South Africans repeating the calls of our Egyptian comrades: “Mubarak out”, “Affordable food”, “Jobs now”, “Democracy and dignity”.
Where: Embassy of Egypt, 270 Bourke Street, Muckelneuk, Pretoria
For more information, call:
Samantha Hargreaves – 083 384 0088
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