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Determined resistance to Mubarak's thugs

Issue No. 2237

Today there were determined efforts to crush the Egyptian revolution.

Pro-Mubarak supporters launched repeated brutal attacks on the centre of the revolution and those attacks were ordered from the top.

They injured more than 600 people on the anti-Mubarak protests in Tahrir Square.

Beyond those paid to protest earlier in the day, it was clear that police and members of the ruling NDP party were at the heart of the violent assault on protesters.

For hours, tooled up thugs threw themselves, and their weapons, at the people of Egypt and the army watched. The ordinary people of Egypt stood up to them and defended themselves.

There were repeated reports of people coming to Tahrir Square to join those under attack.

One eyewitness told Socialist Worker, “People carried rugs full of stones to the frontline. Protesters wore cardboard and coats to protect their heads. The lights went out in Cairo Tower. There was gunfire, filling the air with dust and smoke. There was teargas.

“Yet people worked constantly in teams to provide the frontline with stones as ammunition.

“At dusk both lines were holding while the army did nothing. Tanks and armoured personnel carriers littered the streets. People supplied rocks in breadbaskets to those protesters on tanks to be thrown at the pro-Mubarak side.

“Hundreds have been wounded. Many remained on the frontline – with heads and limbs bandaged. Some people were carried out to a makeshift hospital in the square.

“The mood was angry and defiant as thousands marched to the frontline. Usama Alam, a journalist suppressed under Mubarak, was carried on the shoulders of protesters to the frontline.

Metal barricades were set up to defend the square and people repeatedly and with incredible bravery pushed the pro- dictatorship thugs back.

Another protester in the square told Socialist Worker, “Pro-Mubarak supporters were pushed back several times. People gave out crisps and water to those anti-Mubarak protesters at the front.”

The pro-regime supporters have yet again been pushed from the square. But the threat of an escalation of further violence from the Mubarak regime remains.


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Wed 2 Feb 2011, 21:59 GMT
Issue No. 2237
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