Report (with photos and video clips) of a rally on 25January to commemorate the third anniversary of the revolution in Egypt
By the Revolutionary Communist Organization LIBERATION (Austrian Section of the RCIT), 26.1.2014, www.rkob.net
About 500 people – most of them members of the Egyptian migrant community in Vienna – participated in a rally on 25January to commemorate the third anniversary of the revolution in Egypt. The Revolutionary Communist Organization LIBERATION (RKOB) and the youth organization RED*REVOLUTION had also called for this rally which took place in Vienna's city center. (*)
Amongst the participants of the rally were many migrant youths mainly from Egypt but also from Turkey. Among them was a number of school students with whom we demonstrated together at the school student strikes against the attacks on education rights in December 2013. It was these young people who gave the rally a militant and lively character.
The demonstrators commemorated not only the revolution against the old dictator Mubarak three years ago, but also exclaimed numerous slogans against the new dictator General Sisi. Sisi came to power on 3 July 2013 by a military coup. This coup was supported by the U.S., EU and Israel. It was also welcomed by a large part of the left (e.g. the "Communist" Party of Egypt). In the six months since the coup, the new regime has murdered over 6,000 people and arrested tens of thousands.
Activists of the Revolutionary Communist Organization LIBERATION (RKOB) and the youth organization RED*REVOLUTION held several speeches. Michael Pröbsting, International Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT, whose Austrian section is the RKOB) emphasized in his speech the need to link the struggle for freedom in Egypt, Syria and Palestine. Johannes Wiener, spokesman for the RKOB, emphasized in his speech the importance of international solidarity with the liberation struggle of the Egyptian people. Timea, Elias and Rebecca, spokespersons of RED*REVOLUTION, commemorated in their speech the numerous martyrs who have fallen in battle against the military dictatorship. (For photos and video clips of the rally see the appendix.)
(*) Nieder mit General Sisi und seiner Militärdiktatur in Ägypten! Kommt Alle zur Demonstration am 25. Jänner am Jahrestag der Revolution! Aufruf der Revolutionär-Kommunistischen Organisation BEFREIUNG (RKOB), 16.1.2014, http://www.rkob.net/international/nordafrika-und-der-arabische-raum/aegypten-nieder-mit-sisi/
See Fotos and Videoclips at: http://www.rkob.net/international/nordafrika-und-der-arabische-raum/kundgebung-fuer-aegypten/