On 22 May, more than 200 Egyptian migrants plus representatives of the Muslim migrant communities from Turkey, Bosnia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Tunisia, assembled in front of the Egyptian embassy in Vienna to protest the farcical decision of Egypt’s court to sentence former President Mohamed Morsi and 105 others to death for a mass prison break in 2011.
As the RCIT already pointed out in its statement of 17 May, following the announcement of the death sentences, we strongly condemn this decision. Irrespective of our political opposition to the bourgeois Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and the petty-bourgeois 6 April movement, we call for a halt to the bloody repression of the opposition in Egypt. Likewise, we demand the immediate release of all political prisoners!
The organizers of the Egyptian community invited the Austrian section of the RCIT to attend and speak at the rally. We participated with a delegation, and our comrade Michael Pröbsting, International Secretary of the RCIT, addressed those gathered.
In his speech Comrade Pröbsting demanded the immediate release of former President Mohamed Morsi and all political prisoners regardless of our political differences with the imprisoned and condemned. Pröbsting denounced the support of all the Great Powers as well as the Austrian government for the military dictatorship of the butcher al-Sisi. He also related to the reactionary role of the regime not only against the Egyptian people but also in its foreign policy; specifically its military intervention on the side of the CIA agent General Haftar in the Libyan civil war and in alliance with the Saudi aggression against the people of Yemen.
The RCIT and its Austrian section are committed to carrying on their solidarity work with the resistance in Egypt as well against the regime’s aggression in aid of imperialism.
See photos and a video clip of Michael Pröbsting’s speech below.
For the RCIT's statement on the Death Sentences against former President Morsi and other Political Prisoners we refer readers to:
RCIT: Egypt: Military Dictatorship Sentences Former President Morsi to Death! Down with the Butcher General al-Sisi! For a Revolutionary Constitutional Assembly! 17.5.2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/video-report-from-yemen/