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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #227 - Egypt: Resistance circus pseudo-revolutionary (fr) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:58:07 +0300


What is the situation in Egypt? The social and political scene is largely depoliticized. Analysis by Movement activist libertarian socialist. ---- The specificity of the National Party, which held power throughout the Mubarak era, is that unlike the Baath Party in Syria, he has not adopted the strategy of idealization and totalitarian Focus not any society. This does not mean that the National Party of Egypt is more democratic, but it displays an ambition ideologize society. This is partly drawn from the failure of the Nasser regime to the socialist youth organization that produces a school party cadres in power. In fact, this organization has quickly become independent. This autonomy has led the party to destroy Nasser, and liquidate members most vehemently opposed to the plan.

In this climate, the emergence of NGOs in the social field, since the early 1990s, promoted the rejection of any political ideology or even politics. Many party members have left the political field to move towards a legal framework and more comfortable, especially a large number of NGOs under the benevolence of the West, with budgets.

Political conflict in the world of the Smurfs

Ideologization this society has favored the emergence of collective motion as Kifaya, which is devoid of any social project and can not exceed the expression of ras-le-bol vis-Ã-vis the Mubarak . Mutations in these currents have resulted in the April 6 Movement, under the slogan of "change" rings as false as that of power.

This has influenced the social and political protest, which led to the fall of Mubarak in February 2011. The appearance of Ultras (football fans) as major force in the protest scene reflects this. Ultras, by their discipline and tactics against well-established police forces have been able to provide dynamism and efficiency in street fighting. But a political project can not base its policy on the riots. It should be noted also authoritarianism and misogyny that exists among the Ultras, which include small band leaders. Then the door was wide open to all recoveries.

Make politics out of the box

Our project, as libertarians, is to provide a thought that wants investment by the working class in the political field at all levels, with the center of the class struggle and anti-authoritarianism.

To achieve this we organize public meetings in neighborhoods, as well as think tanks in the spontaneous streets of Alexandria. Our latest campaign is called "burn their Constitution" and aims to show that the Egyptian Constitution only serves the interests of the dominant class. This initiative has had a positive response, including the fact that the content of the Constitution is known only by legal experts and some politicians.

Our next companions focus on our project. This will give an answer to the question throughout Egypt: what's the alternative? We will include a campaign on trade unionism and we will ask the idea of ââthe self as an alternative to exploited labor.

Yasser Abdelkawy (Libertarian Socialist Movement Egypt) translated from Arabic by MarouaneTaharouri (AL Paris-Nord-Est )
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