United National Antiwar Committee Emergency Appeal:
Mobilize to Stop US-Backed Attacks on Egyptian Masses!
January 28th we issued an appeal for all UNAC affiliates and
supporters to turn out to last weekend’s demonstrations in support of the masses
marching in Egypt
for democracy and justice. Today we write in a follow-up emergency appeal for
renewed mobilization to stop the murderous attacks going on today, February 2nd
and likely to escalate in coming days.
On February 1st,
two million marched in Cairo, a million or more
in Alexandria, and hundreds of thousands more in
towns and cities around Egypt.
The response of Mubarak, after consultation with Obama, was to refuse to step
down and to ignore ALL the demands of protesters.
Obama, in a speech
two hours later, approved Mubarak’s stance, with duplicitous encouragement that
he take some (unspecified) steps before the September elections, in which he
pledged not to run.
As soon as the words
left Mubarak’s lips, the millions in Cairo’s Tahrir Square,
and elsewhere shouted their rejection of his speech.
Mubarak’s words were
a clear indication that repression was imminent, and sure enough, almost
immediately plainclothes police thugs began attacking protesters in Alexandria. This morning,
February 2nd, the expected broader attack was launched in Cairo, as thousands more
plainclothes police thugs attacked the masses in Tahrir Square.
Police mounted on
horses and camels, armed with whips, began riding into the crowds. Other cops
threw Molotov cocktails, rocks, stones and chairs from the roofs of buildings.
Gunshots were heard in several locations. New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof reported that “mo
So far the army has
not moved into action, neither heeding the calls of protesters for protection
against the cops, nor yet dispersing the protesters. But the head of the army
has told people to go home, that after Mubarak’s speech the time for protest is
Needless to say Obama
bears prime responsibility for this situation, as he clearly coordinated his
speech with that of Mubarak – that is, Mubarak would say he wouldn't run, then
Obama would give back-handed blessing to that approach by calling for
"faster" change but with no demands for release of prisoners, lifting
of laws against assembly, free press, revocation of stolen election results,
have said they are rethinking their “security needs” in light of the possibility
that a new government would reject collaboration with Israel’s
The Egyptian people
have come too far to give up passively -- which increases the likelihood that
the regime will try to launch a massacre.
protests are coming up this weekend. In New
York alone there are protests today, Friday and
Saturday. And a call has been issued for protests around the world on Saturday,
WE ENCOURAGE ALL UNAC AFFILIATES AND SUPPORTERS TO ATTEND RALLIES
PLANNED BY THE EGYPTIAN COMMUNITY AND TO INITIATE THEM WHERE NONE ARE PLANNED.
What's more, as the
revolution in Egypt and
throughout the Arab world is clearly going to continue, we encourage affiliates
to begin planning teach-ins on these events, and to work with local and
national Arab groups in the US
to discuss joint events up to and including the national marches on April 9th.
Call the White House and State Department to demand complete withdrawal of all US forces in and around Egypt! [phone/email/fax
In mid-January, Connecticut newspapers reported that that state’s
National Guard was sending an aviation unit to the Sinai Peninsula, supposedly
as part of a regular rotation of about 1,000 US
soldiers who are part of the Multinational Force and Observers stationed on the
border between Egypt and Israel.
Meanwhile Israel for the
first time since 1979 “allowed” the Egyptian army to deploy 800 soldiers in the
Sinai Peninsula. Needless to say, in the
current situation this dramatically increases the likelihood that soldiers from
any or all of the three militaries could be used against protesters.
Demand an End to Sale of Tear Gas to Egypt’s Army
Protesters in Egypt have
exposed before the world media the made-in-USA tear gas canisters fired on
them. Protests have already taken place at the tear gas supplier, Combined
Tactical Systems of Jamestown, Pennsylvania, as well as at the private equity
firm which bankrolls them, Point Lookout Capital Partners of New York City.
(This is the same firm that supplies the tear gas canisters which have wounded
and killed Palestinian protesters.)
Recall Obama’s “special envoy” to Egypt!
Obama sent a
newly-appointed envoy, Frank Wisner, to Egypt
to coordinate the content of their speeches on February 1st. Wisner
works for corporate law firm Patton Boggs, which boasts of its connections to Egypt’s top corporations.
The choice of Wisner was no accident – especially as Mubarak’s dictatorship has
served first and foremost over his decades in power to impose austerity
demanded by Western corporations and banks and the IMF and World Bank.
Call or fax Wisner’s office at Patton
Boggs and demand he get out of Egypt! T: 646-557-5151 F: 646-557-5101
ALL OUT IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE
THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY AND AGAINST EXPLOITATION AND OPPRESSION THROUGHOUT THE
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