The revolts sweeping the Middle East have burst like thunder storms across a region long considered beyond change, carried by people long considered incapable of fighting back.
The idea that revolutions are simply the stuff of history is revealed as a myth. The actions of ordinary people have torn regimes apart. These movements have shaken awake the giant that is the Arab working class.
Everything is now possible. No regime is safe—not Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Libya, Algeria or Morocco. Small, unprecedented demonstrations have appeared in Syria and Saudi Arabia.
In Iraq crowds are raising the same demands as those in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. This spirit has reawakened the movement for change in Iran.
All leaders are denounced as a “Mubarak” or “Ben Ali”.
“We need to bring down all the regimes,” Egyptian activist Mohamed Khalil told Socialist Worker. “We have to support our brothers and sisters struggling everywhere”.
People have united around common demands: jobs, bread, freedom, democracy and an end to corruption.
This revolt is now engaged in a desperate struggle to topple Muammar Gaddafi—the Libyan tyrant who has been elevated by Western powers from “mad dog” to “friendly strongman”.
This may have begun as an Arab revolution, but the inspiration and waves it has created crosses continents and jumps language barriers. We can all fight for change across the world.
Solidarity with workers across the Middle East
Tuesday 1 March, 7pm
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL
Revolution in the 21st Century
Sunday 13 March, 11am
The Camden Centre,
Judd St, London, WC1H 9LZ
A day of discussion and debate with speakers from Tunisia and Egypt and workshops on permanent revolution, Palestine, imperialism, the Middle East.
Tickets £10/£5 Go to
www.marxismfestival.org.uk or call 020 7819 1170