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Egypt: Army attack martyrs’ families

Issue No. 2263

The Egyptian army and police smashed up the camp of martyrs’ families and their supporters in Tahrir Square on Monday of this week using clubs, electric batons and armoured cars.

Almost 80 activists were arrested including a 12-year old and several journalists.

Families of people killed by Hosni Mubarak’s regime during the revolution, regarded as martyrs of the struggle, have camped in the square since 8 July.

They are calling for the officers who murdered their children to be prosecuted.

A statement from the Revolutionary Socialists, written in the square, denounced the attack: “The poor, who they describe as ‘thugs’, are the same revolutionaries who fought the regime and braved the bullets of its snipers.

“They are the ones who stood firm in Tahrir Square for 18 days until the regime was forced to change its old face by unmasking another.

“Mubarak and [new leader] Tantawi are nothing more than two sides of the same coin.”

The Revolutionary Socialists stayed in Tahrir with the families after many other political groups decided to leave.

Before the square was cleared, Hisham Fouad, a leading socialist activist, explained that they had stayed “out of commitment to the wishes of an important section of the martyrs’ families.” But, he added, “The Egyptian revolution should not be reduced to a sit-in in Tahrir Square but must be transmitted to every street and workplace.”

The momentum of the revolution is still going forward. Thousands of workers are taking action across the country. In the Free Economic Zone near Ismailiyya—a city of 750,000 on the Suez Canal—industry was paralysed by strikes in 20 factories at the end of July.

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Tue 2 Aug 2011, 17:38 BST
Issue No. 2263
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