Egyptian revolutionary socialist Gigi Ibrahim addressed more than 350 people at a meeting in central London last night (Thursday).
“Our revolution is just starting—and it’s getting stronger,” Gigi told the meeting, which was organised by the Socialist Workers Party.
Gigi explained that the revolution was deepening in the workplaces, and that the newly elected Muslim Brotherhood government had quickly become the focus for people’s discontent.
“Tahrir and the factories are one hand. Solidarity goes back and forth.
“Whenever there is a clash in Tahrir with the police or the army, we’ve
found a huge wave of industrial action.”
She also spoke about the role of the Revolutionary Socialists in continuing the revolution—and attempts by the Brotherhood and the state to discredit the revolutionaries.
“This parliament won’t last—it’s already showing its limitations,” she said.
“Under military rule there is no democracy. We have sacrificed so much—we want direct democracy.”
UCU union national executive committee member Mark Campbell and Socialist Worker editor Judith Orr also spoke at the meeting.
Mark Campbell said, “We owe a huge debt to the Egyptian revolution.”
“Tyrants, no matter how strong, can be defeated when we take them on.”
“In our own continued resistance we show real solidarity with Egypt.”
And Judith Orr said the ongoing revolution in Egypt was “an inspiration in Britain and around the world”.
“We’re living in very special times as revolutionaries,” she added.
Gigi is in Britain on a speaking tour which saw her talk to a 100-strong meeting in Sheffield on Tuesday. She is set to speak at Goldsmiths College in London today.