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Egyptians launch new protests to drive revolution forward

Issue No. 2261

The Egyptian people are back on the streets.

Egypt’s ruling military council is gripped by crisis as protests grow in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and elsewhere.

The prime minister, Essam Sharaf, sacked top ministers last week in an attempt to prove his ability to lead.

The finance minister has gone, and his replacement was forced to promise a maximum wage for bosses.

Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s antiquities minister, was also sacked.

The ministers of industry, education and foreign affairs were dismissed too. And deputy prime minister Yehia el-Gamal resigned last week.

There is a debate about the way forward. Many believe that protesting is not enough.

The Revolutionary Socialists in Egypt, alongside other democratic forces, have called on workers to walk out to break the new regime.

They released a statement saying, “If you use the strike weapon to stop the railways and public transport system, close the airports and the big factories, the regime can crack within hours.”

Strikes and occupations dealt the death blow to Hosni Mubarak and can do the same to the new military government.

Protests are frequent outside of the capital.

Nasser, who lives in east London, is visiting Egypt and spoke to Socialist Worker from Alexandria.

“People are proud of their revolution but younger people feel nothing will change with the army in charge,” he said.

Hundreds marched last Friday. Nasser reports, “The protest was very vocal, with lots of working class women taking part.”

For the full statement by the Revolutionary Socialists go to:

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Tue 19 Jul 2011, 17:25 BST
Issue No. 2261
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