Egyptian Army Turns Brutal Again - by Mark E. Smith

The Egyptian Army never lifted the state of emergency and never stopped arresting people for violating curfew.

But the Egyptian revolutionaries forgot their martyrs and negotiated with the army's transition government, which is still under Mubarak's orders.

Today the army turned brutal again, attacking people in Tahrir Square in Cairo with tasers and whips, backed up by troops in balaclavas toting machine guns. Tents have been cleared from the Square and the army will not allow people to stay in the Square after curfew.

From the Tweets, the Egyptian people seem thrown into confusion. They finally realize that the army is not on their side, but they think that civilian rule would be the answer.

America has civilian rule. Of course the rotating "elected" civilian Commander-in-Chief takes orders from the Pentagon, but it is technically civilian rule.

 

Meanwhile, back in Wisconsin, the police have confiscated sleeping bags from the Capitol Building and say they won't allow demonstrators to stay overnight. Isn't that great? An Egyptian-style curfew in Madison, Wisconsin.

 

Cities throughout the United States will have rallies in support of Wisconsin tomorrow. Ours in San Diego has a police permit from noon to 1:30 p.m., an hour an a half, in front of the County Administration Building. I'll be there, I hope, but you can bet your ass I'll leave fifteen minutes before the permitted time for free speech ends at 1:30 p.m.

 

The Egyptian army strategy is to keep things under the control of the "transition government" until "free and fair elections" can be held. Then the people will be given a choice of which civilian dictator they'd prefer, and the army will remain in control, which means, of course, that the US and Israel will remain in control.

 

I hope the Egyptian people stop recognizing the transition government and stop negotiating with it, as it is now obvious to them that the army does not negotiate in good faith and only negotiates from a position of strength, and form an alternative government. But if they did, the army would probably call it illegitimate and destroy it. 

 

It may be too late. The Egyptians seem to think that they can bring about change through peaceful protests that sacrifice martyrs. That doesn't work. Historically, the powerful have shown time and time again that they are willing to kill millions of people in order to hold onto power.

 

Very few countries have managed to break free of US (meaning Israeli) domination, most notably Cuba and Venezuela. That's why they're not happy about seeing Gaddafi fall, because while Gaddafi has killed thousands, NATO has killed millions. 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for post Folkie

I agree...mass strikes. Everywhere.

Egypt: Mass Strikes and the Military Junta

by Hossam el-Hamalawy

Everyone is rightly upset about what the army did in Tahrir Square last night.  Let's remember, however, the military already moved against peaceful protesters in Suez and is accused of involvement in arrest and torture of hundreds during the uprising.  And almost every day there is a statement from the army warning strikers and protesters, coupled with an orchestrated media campaign in both state and private TV channels discrediting labor strikes and renewed protests in Tahrir.  What happened last night should not come as a shock.

If Mubarak's regime was corrupt (and it was), then why do we treat the military institution, which provided the backbone of his dictatorship, as "neutral" or "pure"?  The leadership of this institution, namely the generals of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, are part of Mubarak's regime.  And any real change would affect their privileges and control.

We cannot and will not carry arms against the army.  I salute and support all the efforts to resume the protests in Tahrir, including the one planned for today at 2 pm.  But still, the most effective weapon is mass strikes.  Do not stop the working class from striking (and good luck if you try anyway -- they won't listen to you).  Let's put our energy into supporting strikes and help unionize workers.  We need a general strike to bring down this regime once and for all.  The revolution must continue. . . .


Hossam el-Hamalawy is an Egyptian socialist, journalist, and photographer.  Visit his blog: <www.arabawy.org>.  Follow Hossam el-Hamalawy at <twitter.com/3arabawy>.  This note was first published in his blog on 26 February 2011 under a Creative Commons license. 

wow....

When did all this happen...was I asleep?  I had not heard new violence had broken out in Tahrir square.  Not that its altogether surprising, but I guess I was hoping.  Foolishly so...

dang.

Tahrir Feb 25

News Feed: The Egyptian Army is now single

don't have the author's permission to repost in full so will only add a link.......

News Feed: The Egyptian Army is now single

Take that into consideration.

When people write to inform, they use copyleft so as to help spread the word.

When people write for personal aggrandizement, they use copyright.

It usually indicates whether a person is right-wing or leftist.

With Egyptians, there are are a few who are socially conscious, but most appear to be extremely unaware of political realities.

Egypt: Revolution's not over, Army attacks protestors

Egyptian Army Facebook

This is how the Egyptian Military communicates with Egyptians.........

 

That's a screenshot of the latest messages. Each is a full page image. Not text you can copy and paste to translate. Images.

I can see them now. Suleiman and the Generals sitting together, drinking tea, one of them, prolly that CIA dog Suleiman himself coming up with the idea to fight fire with fire ; use their own means of communication to communicate with them : FACEBOOK.

This is sick. Beyond words. Un-fucking-believable.

The Miltary beat and whipped people in Tahrir last night. Today, they have apologized. Oh how brotherly of them.

NOT

Maddening that some Egyptian youth

are still talking as if they won their revolution and are in power.

Well, they'll find out soon enough.

 

Yip, a few very pissed off Egyptians today

Even Ghonim is pissed. That should be a signal to everyone else. The current situation is very fragile and worrying. Yesterday evening, I grabbed a link one of our twitter friends posted, copied the complete text in arabic, translated it into english using google translator and read what "daqahleyah police chief" said in a video-taped adress to the public. The message, part of a very lengthy text was simple.

Protestors are damaging to the economy.

They are keeping Egypt from recovering from the revolution the youth movement brought with them.

The Police are the Masters and whoever revolts against their Masters should have their hands cut off.

But it gets worse. It got worse. Not sure now if the following message was part of that adress or yet another from a member of the Party, but it said Mubarak is, even in his place of personal exile, still the Party leader and whatever he says is law for the Party and therefore all of Egypt. So there you have it. The Egyptian people were told to sit down, shut the fuck up or be punished or even killed. Worse yet, they were told that Mubarak is STILL IN CHARGE and pulling the punches.

Anyone still wondering why the Egyptians are now furious?

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