The Arab Revolution in danger
Written by IWL-FI
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 17:58
Mubarak’s dictatorship and the U.S. government want to stop the revolution in Egypt
A powerful mobilization shakes Egypt. The economy is paralyzed. The Army, which is essential to support Mubarak’s regime, has no political conditions to suppress all the protesters. However, negotiations between the Mubarak’s regime and the bourgeois opposition forces, supported by the American and European imperialism, threaten the revolutionary process.
This strong revolutionary movement that paralyzed Egypt is forcing the U.S. government to defend a “democratic” transition, elections incorporating the bourgeois opposition parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood, the strongest opposition party. This opinion was expressed by President Barack Obama and by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently.
The U.S. imperialism wants to make small changes in order to get the regime stronger in order to keep its essential aspects: The Army and Egypt’s role as the main imperialist ally in the Arab world. Particularly, the US wants to preserve the political agreements between Egypt and Israel.
Obama and Hillary Clinton also criticized the attacks conducted by pro-Mubarak militia against protesters and journalists. They fear that these attacks will lead to a radicalization on the revolutionary process, strengthening the self-defense groups and ruptures in the Army.
Vice-president Omar Suleiman, an ally of the American imperialism, hold a meeting with the bourgeois opposition parties to set the directives of thedemocratic transition. The main proposal is to set up a council to reform the Constitution, so as to limit or abolish the emergency laws, and make easier the recognition of political parties, which today need to be endorsed by the regime to take part in the elections. Not a word about the immediate removal of Hosni Mubarak, the much hated Egyptian dictator, as well as nothing about the other popular demands.
Amidst the bargaining, the government announced 15% increase in the wages of all public employees, starting in April.
Mohamed ElBaradei and the Muslim Brotherhood did not accept the proposal but are really committed to the negotiation with the regime. They try to preserve themselves as bourgeois alternatives in case the regime is not able to stop the revolutionary process.
On the streets the mobilization continues. On Sunday, Feb. 6, about 500,000 people demonstrated in Tahrir Square, the center of the protests. Self organized rank-and-file groups provide the means and the planning to keep Tahrir Square occupied by the protesters. Thousands of workers and youth keep bringing food and tents, preventing the military from releasing traffic on the avenues that cross the square.
The revolution is threatened. On one side, major sectors of the Egyptian bourgeoisie are united with the Army leaders to implement the U.S. plan of a “democratic” transition without significant changes in political and economic regime, nor the pro-imperialist role Egypt plays in the region. On the other side, the population keeps the demonstrations and discussions on how to overthrow Mubarak and his political regime.
In order to win, the working people and the youth have to maintain and strengthen the mobilizations, divide the grassroot of the army and unite the youth organizations to the districts’ defense committees and independent trade unions to create an alternative power of workers and the poor people. This will lead to a worker’s government, able to lead the revolution till the end in order to guarantee food, jobs, wages, democratic rights and the much needed rupture with imperialism and Israel, breaking off diplomatic agreements with them and opening the borders with Gaza Strip.
Solidarity demonstrations all over the world, denouncing the plans of the U.S. imperialism and their allies in Europe, is also vital to the victory of the revolution. It is necessary to demand from all governments the immediate rupture of diplomatic, political, economical and military relations with Egypt.
No trust in the negotiations!
No trust in the military!
Strengthen the mobilizations towards a worker’s government, to meet the demands of the working people and to break off with imperialist rule.
International Workers League, February 7th 2011