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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood faces two ways

by Judith Orr
Issue No. 2300

Tahrir Square in Cairo saw a massive mobilisation last Friday which exposed the contradictions of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood mobilised alongside activists calling for the continuation of the revolution. But it is also in government and works with the hated military rulers of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf).

Now the Brotherhood wants to put a distance between itself and Scaf as the presidential elections take place.

A statement from the Revolutionary Socialists in Egypt points out that while the military and Islamists bicker over the form of “democracy” they will set up, they agree to continue exploiting ordinary Egyptians.

The statement goes on, “It will be the death of our revolution if the powers now locked in combat over the constitution and the presidency reach a deal which will allow them to devote themselves to increasing exploitation and repressing those who do not bow to their policies.”

Meanwhile there is nowhere for people’s social demands to be expressed except in strikes and protests.

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Tue 24 Apr 2012, 16:25 BST
Issue No. 2300
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