Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America Solidarity with the Tunisian and Egyptian Masses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1 February 2011
Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America

Solidarity with the Tunisian and Egyptian Masses

On behalf of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement, the Irish
Republican Socialist Committees of North America express solidarity
with the peoples of Tunisia and Egypt.

Since December, popular uprisings have spread across Northern Africa
against repressive regimes backed by American dollars, removing onecorrupt leader from power and threatening to remove a second. As
revolutionary socialists and anti-imperialists, we support these
uprisings against imperialist-backed regimes.

In Tunisia, the masses faced with rising unemployment and food
inflation, coupled with declining living conditions and civil
liberties, rose up in protest against the corrupt regime of Zine El
Abidine Ben Ali, fording him to resign his presidency and flee the
country after 23 years in power.

Ben Ali and his family ruled Tunisia for their own financial benefit
while being supported by the United States government. The US knew
full well how corrupt Ben Ali was, as the release of diplomatic
documents by WikiLeaks revealed. This should come as no surprise. US
imperialism doesn’t care how corrupt a regime is so long as it aligns
with American interests.

Inspired by the success of the Tunisian protests, the Egyptian masses
rose in protest against the authoritarian government of Hosni
Mubarak, an ally of US imperialism and Zionism since he assumed power
in 1981. Mubarak has ruled for three decades through the continued
imposition of emergency powers, using them to strangle opposition to
his rule, with police brutality, torture, and thousands of people
imprisoned without charge or trial. 60% of Egyptians live in poverty
while less than a thousand people control the vast wealth that
rightfully belongs to the Egyptian masses.

On 25 January 2011, known as the “Day of Anger”, mass protests
against the Mubarak regime were called on a national holiday.
Protesters were seen to be carrying Tunisian flags and signs
proclaiming “Yesterday Tunisia. Today Egypt.” In the days that
followed, people continued to take to the streets across the country.
The national headquarters of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party in
Cairo was burned. In response, Mubarak called out the military, shut
down access to the Internet, and shut down the Egyptian bureau of Al
Jazeera.
Nearly a week later, the protests continue unabated, despite hundreds
of deaths and thousands of injuries, and it was been reported by Al
Jazeera that Mubarak has been in contact with Saudi Arabia and Israel
discussing terms of going into exile in those countries. In some
areas like Alexandria and Suez, the military has tried to avoid armed
confrontation with protesters, suggesting that even among the
military ranks, support for Mubarak is dwindling.

Mubarak appointed Omar Suleiman, director of the Egyptian General
Intelligence Directorate, as vice-president, essentially making
Suleiman his heir apparent. This, too, was met with contempt by the
Egyptian people, who want an end to Mubarak’s regime, and not merely
for him to hand power over to an essential player in his police
state.

The Obama Administration has issued calls for reforms while also
calling for stability, knowing that if Mubarak is removed, they will
lose a powerful ally in the region. It is abundantly clear that the
Egyptian people want an end to Mubarak’s police state, not “reforms”
in the guise of a kinder, gentler police state still beholden to
American and Zionist interests. The Eqyptian people no longer fear
Mubarak.

We salute the Tunisian and Egyptian masses for their struggle against
corrupt, pro-imperialist regimes, regimes which thwart the democratic
aspirations of the masses. We call for a complete end to the regime
of Hosni Mubarak, and we hope that the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt
spread the seeds of revolution even wider in the region, putting an end
to the dominance of US imperialism and Zionism. The victory of
oppressed people in any nation is a victory and an inspiration for
oppressed people worldwide.

Onward to victory!

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Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America
PO Box 5174
Champaign IL 61825
USA

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