An Egyptian socialist organising in Tahrir Square spoke to Socialist Worker about the struggle
“If Mubarak goes and the people are still in the streets, it will open the doors to a great revolution. But if the popular mobilisation slows and the streets are quiet, then we face a terrible reaction.
The steadfastness of the demonstrations is crucial.
We are on a knife-edge between revolution and counter-revolution.
This is not a ‘colour revolution’ like some are trying to suggest. Imperialism will defend this regime to the end.
Vice-president Omar Suleiman still wants Mubarak to stay, and he is playing on divisions in the opposition.
The Muslim Brotherhood leadership is split. Some of them are in the square with us, others are talking to the regime and Suleiman.
They are prepared to sell the revolution to gain legitimacy, but this risks splitting the Brotherhood.
We are trying to win the workers in key sectors to strike, even if it is symbolic.
It is like a re-run on a much vaster scale of the Mahalla Intifada of 2008—there are hundreds of thousands of workers on the streets because they support the protests.
They are fighting the police and helped burn the police stations. But this is not yet workers acting as an organised force.
The situation can go either way, so we have to remain strong. The regime doesn’t want us to remain in the streets when Mubarak goes. It is vital that we do.”