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Revolutionaries in Egypt take a stand against army repression

by Judith Orr
Issue No. 2373

Campaigning on campus

Campaigning on campus

Revolutionaries in Egypt have set up a new organisation in response to the imposition of a government controlled by the military. 

The military has been more and more openly reasserting its control since it took power after the fall of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Mursi in July.

A court decree declared the Brotherhood a banned organisation and ordered its assets to be seized last week.

The case had been brought by leftist group Tagammu—one of a number of organisations that had been active in the revolution and are now backing the military.  

The Brotherhood has faced violent repression since the deposing of Mursi.  Hundreds have been killed and many more arrested.

The new organisation, the Revolutionary Front, includes the Revolutionary Socialists and the 6 April Movement, as well as individuals such as writer and activist Ahdaf Soueif.

It aims to stand up to the military clampdown while campaigning for the aims of the revolution that Mursi never met.

Revolutionary Socialist and labour lawyer Haitham Mohamadein spoke at the launch meeting. “Equal citizenship, the right to health, the right to education, the right to a minimum wage and fair trials are among many of the points to be included in the bill of rights,” he said. 

Haitham was recently released from police custody after being arrested on his way to represent workers in Alexandria. 

One demand of the Revolutionary Front is the release of prisoners, including those in the Brotherhood.

The Revolutionary Front was set to organise student protests on Wednesday of this week against state “intervention in student affairs”. 

The military and police have been sending more officers into campuses in anticipation of unrest as students go back. 


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