Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Egypt: government (but not military junta) resigns after scores killed by their repression

The Egyptian interim government has resigned after at least 33 people were killed by the police repression. The military junta that acts as interim President however, and the main target of the protesters' anger and mistrust remains in place.

The elections, planned for Monday 28th are in jeopardy. But could elections that almost everyone suspected as being rigged in advance (what was common under Mubarak) take place anyhow?


What appears to be a police shooter hiding behind his colleagues after maybe killing people in the protesting crowd:

In the few seconds of this video, in the midst of police beatings, one person falls dead (he won't move again, police attempt to beat him but realize he's dead):

While BBC only mentions 20 mortal victims, better informed Uruknet and Al Jazeera claim 33 in their latest reviews.

The key issues in this confrontation are the democratic quality of the upcoming elections (much in doubt) and the role of the military in the largest Arab state, strategic gateway between the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean and key support of Zionist Apartheid in neighboring Palestine till date.

Johannes Stern at WSWS wrote yesterday:

The junta is preparing massive violence to drown the Egyptian revolution in blood. In doing so, it has the full backing of Washington, the main sponsor of the Egyptian military. On November 15, the head of the US Central Command, Gen. James N. Mattis, was in Cairo for talks with Tantawi and Sami Anan, the chief of staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces. Mattis reportedly praised SCAF and discussed ways to bolster US-Egyptian military ties.

The US views the military as the backbone of the Egyptian bourgeois state, defending capitalist rule and the interests of Western imperialism in the Middle East. Ever since the mass uprising that led to the ouster of Mubarak on February 11, the Obama administration has worked closely with SCAF to try to end strikes and protests by Egyptian workers demanding social equality and democratic rights. It has sought at all costs to prevent a second revolution.

This fear of an independent movement of the Egyptian working class is shared by the entire Egyptian ruling elite. After the fall of Mubarak, all official and semi-official political forces—be they Islamist, liberal or petty-bourgeois “left”—lent support to the military junta and claimed that Mubarak’s generals would organize a “democratic transition.”

It is notable that both the petty-bourgeois and the Islamists (fascist) forces are collaborating with the regime in the repression and internal suppression of Working Class struggles. But the Egyptian People seem to eventually be smarter than these manipulators.

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