A luta de classes no Egipto (II)

Al-Jazeera - Army urges Egyptians to end strikes:
Egypt's military council has renewed a call to workers to end a wave of strikes and play their role in reviving the economy after nearly three weeks of mass protests that led to the ousting of president Hosni Mubarak.

In "Communique No 5", read out on state television on Monday, a spokesman for the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces called for national solidarity and criticised strike action that has severely disrupted the country's economy.

"Noble Egyptians see that these strikes, at this delicate time, lead to negative results," he said.

The communique came as thousands of state employees, from ambulance drivers to police and
transport workers, protested on Monday to demand better pay and conditions.

Hundreds of public transport workers demonstrated outside the television and state radio building. Across the Nile river in Giza, hundreds of ambulance drivers staged a protest, also to demand better pay and permanent jobs.


The protests prompted officials to make Monday an unscheduled bank holiday. Banks will reopen on Wednesday, because Tuesday is also a public holiday.

"I think the military is concerned that this could turn into a series of protests across the country, " Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from Cairo, said.

"If that happened, the only way they could stop them would probably be to use force.

And if they use force, that would end the respect and the legitimacy the army has in the eyes of the ordinary people."

Protest organisers have called for a "Victory March" to be held across the country on Friday.

There have also been reports of protests, sit-ins and strikes at the stock exchange, textile firms, media organisations, steel firms, the postal service, railways and the health ministry.

"Finally we have been encouraged to come out and speak," Hala Fawzi, a 34-year-old who protested on Sunday outside the offices of the state-owned insurance company where she works for $20 a month, said. "We want equality," she said.

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Anónimo disse...

A não-criação de poder popular (assembleias nos locais de residência e postos de trabalho) criadas à revelia do exército é a prova de que o povo não está suficientemente organizado e que a contra-revolução estará já a cavalgar a onda. De resto, mais uma vez fica provado que a ausência de um partido revolucionário não impede a queda de um tirano mas faz falta nos momentos decisivos em que a revolução precisa REALMENTE de avançar. A criação de uma democracia nos moldes liberais, ainda que com a vitória de algum partido progressista, será uma derrota quase total do movimento criado em três semanas. A revolução andará por aí à espera de quem a saiba receber melhor.