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Egypt - 'People have gained huge confidence'

Issue No. 2361

Revolutionary Socialist Sameh Naguib reported from Cairo the day after protests forced out president Mohamed Mursi:

We have removed the second president in 30 months. 

It is a second revolution, a mass movement of millions. The scale of the mobilisations is unprecedented. People have gained huge confidence in their ability to change history.

It is formally a military coup. But at the same time it is a mass popular revolt. Major strikes were planned for Thursday of last week, and the protests could have developed into a general strike.

The people forced the army to act, and the army only did so because they were worried about their own future.

This is the second time they have done so. They are running out of choices. Bourgeois alternatives to Mursi, such as Mohamed El Baradei, are weak.

Right now there is euphoria. 

But those celebrating are not stupid. They know what the police and army have done in the past.

Expectations of change are higher even than they were when we brought down Mubarak. 

But the possibility of any new government being able to offer genuine reforms is very limited.

People feel empowered. They brought down the president after just one year because he did not deliver—and they will do it again.


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