Solidarity Statement from Egypt to Wisconsin

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'We Stand With You as You Stood With Us':

Statement to Workers of Wisconsin by Kamal Abbas of Egypt's Centre for Trade Unions and Workers Services

About Kamal Abbas and the Centre for Trade Unions and Workers Services:

Kamal Abbas is General Coordinator of the CTUWS, an umbrella advocacy organization for independent unions in Egypt. The CTUWS, which was awarded the 1999 French Republic's Human Rights Prize, suffered repeated harassment and attack by the Mubarak regime, and played a leading role in its overthrow. Abbas, who witnessed friends killed by the regime during the 1989 Helwan steel strike and was himself arrested and threatened numerous times, has received extensive international recognition for his union and civil society leadership.

English translation follows, below:

 

The poster in the background shows photographs of some of the recent young victims of the Mubarak government. The writing says they are among the martyrs of the 25 January Revolution.

KAMAL ABBAS: I am speaking to you from a place very close to Tahrir Square in Cairo, "Liberation Square", which was the heart of the Revolution in Egypt. This is the place were many of our youth paid with their lives and blood in the struggle for our just rights.

From this place, I want you to know that we stand with you as you stood with us.

I want you to know that no power can challenge the will of the people when they believe in their rights. When they raise their voices loud and clear and struggle against exploitation.

No one believed that our revolution could succeed against the strongest dictatorship in the region. But in 18 days the revolution achieved the victory of the people. When the working class of Egypt joined the revolution on 9 and 10 February, the dictatorship was doomed and the victory of the people became inevitable.

We want you to know that we stand on your side. Stand firm and don't waiver. Don't give up on your rights. Victory always belongs to the people who stand firm and demand their just rights.

We and all the people of the world stand on your side and give you our full support.

As our just struggle for freedom, democracy and justice succeeded, your struggle will succeed. Victory belongs to you when you stand firm and remain steadfast in demanding your just rights.

We support you. we support the struggle of the peoples of Libya, Bahrain and Algeria, who are fighting for their just rights and falling martyrs in the face of the autocratic regimes. The peoples are determined to succeed no matter the sacrifices and they will be victorious.

Today is the day of the American workers. We salute you American workers! You will be victorious. Victory belongs to all the people of the world, who are fighting against exploitation, and for their just rights.

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  • Guest - TransconaSlim

    Wobblies and radicals in Wisconsin are currently agitating for a General Strike. Join the facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/General-Strike-in-Wisconsin/166547476728383

    The South Central Federation of Labor has passed this motion: "Motion 1: The SCFL endorses a national general strike, possibly for the day Walker signs his "budget repair bill," and requests the Education Committee immediately begin educating affiliates and members on the organization and function of a General Strike."

    Madison IWWer's are calling on members of the rank-n-file to start grassroots "General Strike Committees" and start educating, educating and organizing for a general strike.

    Solidarity Forever!

  • Guest - Ali D Jr

    Hate to say it bluntly but to dig what is happening everyday in African, the Middle East and... you guys first have to get a tasted of it and, what is it anyhow when only elite unionized teachers or ... might get lower than yesterday
    what about the right of the foreigner hard workers and people of color who are taken to prisons for slightest shit?

    Taste it and then rise up seriously