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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - Egypt: Silence, it represses (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:29:17 +0200

Al-Sissi power once everything must change so that nothing changes still shows. Repression and social injustice that are equally present in the Mubarak era. At the time of Mubarak, the Egyptian media were used to flatter and beautify their actions, to talk about the wealth and prosperity that would result from the implementation of a particular project. Of course, this is "normal" in a country under dictatorship. But today, while Sissi is in power, we find that the media are always so many falsifications and beyond imagination. We also note that, beyond all media now participate in this circus writers, intellectuals and journalists, and they come from all currents from the extreme right to a certain radical left. All these people unanimously proclaim that Sissi is the hope of Egypt, who shook the American forces, who saved the country from the economic crisis and has brought in an enviable growth, etc. In this context, nationalism is once again used as an injunction to align ideologically with the dictatorship. Any criticism or claim of rights is a collaboration with US intelligence [as they are the best ally of the regime of Sissi, ndt], British, French, Turkish, Qatari, etc.

Powerlessness and fear of terrorism to revolt

Unlike the media-repressive smoking out, there is actually the people is exhausted, dejected after the failure of all attempts to respond to the uprising of 25 January 2011. But what the Egyptians and Egyptian women fear most today is terrorism and the prospect of a collapse of the state against forces as Daesh [now known as self-Islamic state, ndt]. Fear that Egypt becomes a second Syria, Iraq or another.

This explains why the street is relatively quiet face of declining subsidies for essential commodities and rising fuel prices, leading to higher prices for water and electricity. Not to mention the power outages affecting several cities in Egypt two to ten hours each day.

In September, workers at a factory in Alexandria tried to mobilize against the delay in payment of wages by gathering in front of their factory. Police responded by firing at them, injuring six workers. Eight others were arrested. Repression also organizes subcontractor to US companies due to the Net monitor [which had already begun under Mubarak, ndt]. A new feature is to emphasize is the militarization of the universities. These will soon be equipped with barbed wire walls and electronic gantries with cameras, and there will also be pleased to see patrolling security guards belonging to private firms (1). Finally, regarding the "justice", the courts expeditiously condemn people who are considered without the presence of their lawyers.

The street seems hopeless in a situation where no one can see where to find the strength to be able to confront the military dictatorship. Moreover, the idea that everyone has in mind is "It is not necessary that our country become like Syria or Iraq." Far from proposing a deep political analysis of the situation in Egypt, this article wants to express impotence widely felt at the ambition of-attack against the military rule.

Yasser Abdelkawy, translated from Arabic by Marouane Taharouri

(1) Amnesty International An article about recent events involving students and officers 'safety' www.amnesty.org/fr/node/49846

Related Link: http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?-AL-de-novembre-est-en-kiosque-
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