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Solidarity statement of Egypt's Centre for Socialist Studies

Issue No. 2096

In light of recent events in Egypt, the Centre for Socialist Studies calls on supporters of freedom and justice everywhere in the world to show their support for victims of repression at the hands of Hosni Mubarak's regime.

Supporters should mount pressure on the Egyptian dictatorship to release more than 800 people who were detained yesterday. These include more than 150 political activists (socialists, liberals, and Islamists), more than 600 protestors from Mahalla (mainly women and children) and Mahalla strike committee leaders Kamal El-Faioumy and Tarek Amin – who are facing serious allegations of agitation which can lead to long prison sentences.

On the background of a workers' call for strike action on 6 April in Mahalla textile complex, various political forces decided to support the strike through parallel symbolic work stoppage and peaceful protests.

However, the Mubarak regime retaliated by occupying the Mahalla complex with security forces, abducting strike committee leaders Kamal El-Faioumy and Tarek Amin and arresting political activists of every political tendency in Cairo and other cities. Not able to suppress the protests that followed, Mubarak's security forces used rubber bullets, tear gas and live ammunition against the people of Mahalla, leaving at least four dead, including a nine year old boy, 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 mass protests of this month, and the terrified reactions of the Mubarak regime, have proved our faith in the centrality of the working class to liberate Egypt from dictatorship and exploitation.

We call upon you to circulate the news about the repression and violence of the Mubarak regime. We call upon you to organise 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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Tue 8 Apr 2008, 19:57 BST
Issue No. 2096
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