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Egyptian socialists: 'Sharaf and the military are the successors of Mubarak'

A statement issued by the Revolutionary Socialists of Egypt on Monday 16 May, 2011

Issue No. 2252

On the anniversary of the Nakba, the police and army fire live ammunition at Egyptians to protect the embassy of the Zionists.

According to eyewitness reports, the demonstration which marched on the Zionist embassy had succeeded in breaking the security cordon of a number of military vehicles which the army had put in place between part of Murad Street and University Bridge since the revolution began in January.

Demonstrators were then surprised by ranks of Central Security Forces riot police who attacked them just steps away from the building which houses the embassy—it occupies two upper floors. The police fired so much tear gas that it reached Giza Square. They fired live bullets at the protestors from different directions, leading to the deaths of at least two people. Ambulances carried away a large number of wounded to unknown locations.

Many demonstrators were injured inside the cordon, unable to get out.

Eye witnesses said that as the demonstrators dispersed into the neighbouring streets they were surprised by guards from the Saudi embassy who opened fire on them.

The mask has fallen away. It is no longer possible to ignore the ugly face of this regime.

The police left the country in a deliberately-created state of chaos, while running a propaganda campaign about 'safety' and 'security'. Now the force returns in all its former power to offer a 'token of reconciliation' to the Egyptian people – a message saying they want to turn back the clock.

The same army which guards the Zionists’ embassy and holds meetings with [Israeli military official] Amos Gilad, crushes Egyptian citizens’ protests. And it does this before the eyes of the Israeli dogs who were watching the carnage from their vantage point in the embassy, checking that the regime is acting according to their instructions and killing its own people.

This is what comes of a need to prove loyalty and obedience to the Americans and the Zionists. Let us not forget the visit of the military chief of staff Sami Annan to the United States, which coincided with the outbreak of the revolution, and following which the military junta announced that it would “respect all treaties” and continue to supply Israel with natural gas.

This confirms the collusion between the army and imperialism, demonstrated by the visit of Hillary Clinton to Egypt before the aggression against Libya, which showed that imperialism is still in control. The 'Arabism' of our rulers is reached by way of Tel Aviv and Washington.

The question of Palestine is no longer something which can be dealt with later as an example of a 'brother' people suffering occupation. Rather Israel represents a genuine danger at the gates of Egypt, one which is able to control her resources and command her army.

This same army takes its legitimacy from the victory of the 1973 October War and claims to be protecting the 25 January revolution, but now, in the interests of Israel, it fires at those who made the revolution. It is the army’s legitimacy that has now fallen.

With the fall of Hosni Mubarak, Israel announced that it had lost a strategic ally in the region. Congratulations to Israel on finding a replacement: Essam Sharaf and the Supreme Military Council.

Down with the regime of collaborators with imperialism!

Revolution until victory in Egypt and Palestine

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Thu 19 May 2011, 15:43 BST
Issue No. 2252
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