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Packed London meeting discusses year three of Egypt's revolution

Issue No. 2339

It was standing room only at Socialist Worker’s London meeting to discuss year three of the Egyptian Revolution this week.

Up to 200 people packed into Bloomsbury Church on Thursday night to hear Wassim Wagdy of Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists, Socialist Worker editor, Judith Orr and writer and activist, Phil Marfleet.

Wassim thrilled the audience as he explained how the revolution was deepening.

He said that the growing social and economic crisis in Egypt is leading many who had previously supported the Muslim Brotherhood to call for the end of the President Mursi’s regime.

“The number of independent trade unions has risen from the low hundreds last year to over a thousand today,” he said. “They are increasingly prepared to fight for both economic and political demands.”

Judith debunked the Western media myth that Arab Spring has been followed by an ‘Islamist Winter’.

“The press here present the Muslim Brotherhood, and indeed all Muslims, as a homogenous block. That is a terrible mistake,” she said.

“The Brotherhood is led by people who want to make an accommodation with the IMF and the European Union, and who want to impose massive cuts.

“But it also contains thousands of young revolutionaries, who fought the police thugs in the past, and who are now fighting for social justice.”

Phil argued that the task for the left was to led that struggle, and in the process to deepen the growing splits inside the Brotherhood.

“The revolution is not over. It is an on-going process which can completely transform Egypt and whose influence can reach every part of the globe.”

Those at the meeting left inspired by the role played by the Revolutionary Socialists in Egypt–and determined to continue the fight in Britain.

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Fri 8 Feb 2013, 12:02 GMT
Issue No. 2339
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