The Class That Ruled Egypt Under Mubarak Remains in Power

Breaking News: 327 killed in violence across‪ #‎Egypt‬; more than 20 churches torched; historical sites, museums shut down

1. The Ministry of Health has announced that 327 have been killed and 2926 injured in violence across Egypt as security forces dispersed two large pro-Morsi sit-ins.

In Rabaa al-Adaweya’s sit-in alone, 113 people were killed, while 21 were killed in El-Nahda Square. In Helwan 18 were killed, and the deaths across other governorates have reached 175.

2. A Coptic Diocese and 15 homes belonging to Copts have been torched and stormed by Morsi supporters in Assiut. This comes after more than 20 churches were torched or stormed across Egypt, and countless homes and properties owned by Copts destroyed or damaged.

3. All of Egypt’s archaeological sites and museums have been shut down indefinitely after violence spread across Egypt. The move was done to ensure the protection of these sites from looting or encroachment.

During violence across Egypt, the Malawy Museum in Minya was attacked, with reports of looting of some of its contents. Morsi supporters also attempted to attack the National Museum of Alexandria but were dispersed by security forces.

[Photo: Rabaa al-Adaweya after the dispersal of protesters]

Via: A-Revolt Digital Anarchy

“No, anarchists didn’t sign onto the Tamarod declaration. Tamarod is not revolutionary at all. It was just obvious that the movement connected with millions of Egyptians, so we joined the protests. The protesters yesterday were against the idea of an Islamic dictator, but at the same time, most of them are okay with a civil or military dictator. Fuck any dictator. We’ll never forget. We’ll never forgive.”
From: فن المقاومة Art of resistance


We are not looking for a leader to rule us. We are looking for a conscience.

أصل يعنى هو أيه القائد ده ؟ يعنى اللى هيجبلى حلول نزله من السماء! .. مش هيجبلى حلول نازلة من السما , كل ما فى الموضوع ان أحنا لو قدرنا نخلق الضمير ده ف وسط المجتمع , أحنا هنجيب حد كويس .. أحنا مبندورش على قائد يحكمنا - أحنا بندور على ضمير

The Square (2013)

A Third Way?

A small group of protesters, maybe 100 or so, held a protest in Sphinx Square in Giza to denounce both the army and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Protesters called it the “Third Square,” saying they did not feel represented by the pro-military rally in Tahrir Square, nor the pro-Morsi demonstration in Nasr City. They held signs condemning both sides, calling them “military fascists” and “religious fascists.”

They distributed a leaflet saying that they’ve been protesting for two-and-a-half years, first against Hosni Mubarak, then the 16-month period of military rule which followed his ouster, and then against now-deposed president Mohamed Morsi. They saw today’s protest as a continuation of that struggle.

See all the updates on our Egypt Live Blog.

EGYPT: Anarchism in Egypt — an interview from Tahrir Square

Jul 2

Posted by tahriricn

02 July 2013 by Joshua Stephens

An anarchist tent in Tahrir Square. (WNV/Mohammed Hassan Aazab)

I met Mohammed Hassan Aazab earlier this year over tea at a table of young anarchists in downtown Cairo. The anniversary of the revolution had just passed with massive protests and the emergence of a Western-style black bloc that appeared to have little to do with anarchists in the city. At the time, much of the ongoing grassroots organizing was against sexual violence — in particular, the mob sexual assaults that have become synonymous with any large gathering in Tahrir. The trauma of such violence carried out against protesters was apparent in our conversation. In fact, Aazab told me that he was done with protests and politics, and had resigned himself to the dysfunction of day-to-day life in Egypt.

Then came June 30. Crowds reportedly as large as 33 million took to the streets to call for the Muslim Brotherhood to step down from power, just a year after Mohammed Morsi took office. In the pre-dawn moments of July 1, as Aazab’s phone battery dwindled steadily, I reconnected with him to chat a bit about his return to resistance.

What’s the feeling in Cairo right now? We’re seeing reports here of the largest protests in human history.

Today, all of us worked really hard to get through the protests without violence. Everyone’s afraid a civil war could break out. The protesters gave Morsi 48 hours to step down. If that deadline passes, there’ll be a general strike. In the last five hours, 10 people were killed — four in Assiut and six in front of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters. The sun is coming up now. All the old revolutionaries are preparing for clashes in the streets.

I heard that the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters were torched. Is that true?

Yes. And it’s still surrounded by protesters right now.

Who called for the general strike? Are there particular unions involved?

No. The unions are totally ineffective.

So how is the strike organized?

Tamarod [the Rebel Movement] called for the general strike. Actually, it has not been organized in advance; it has been a spontaneous development. It will work by people believing in and supporting it.

Do you think people will follow through?

Port Said will start the general strike tomorrow. I have no idea to what extent people will follow through on it, beyond that. But it’s clear people are absolutely determined to force Morsi out.

When we met back in February, you seemed pretty jaded, like you’d lost faith in resistance.

I still feel that way, sort of, to be honest. But when people fill the squares in these huge numbers, that feeling dissolves. I’m incredibly happy.

How are anarchists organizing within this particular moment. I got the sense that some of you were involved with Tamarod, but are you playing a particular role?

No, anarchists didn’t sign onto the Tamarod declaration. Tamarod is not revolutionary at all. It was just obvious that the movement connected with millions of Egyptians, so we joined the protests. The protesters yesterday were against the idea of an Islamic dictator, but at the same time, most of them are okay with a civil or military dictator. Fuck any dictator. We’ll never forget. We’ll never forgive.

And you’ve got an anarchist tent in Tahrir, right now?

Yes. We’ve got four tents, actually.

Are you doing anything particular from those spaces?

Right now, we’re working to ensure old regime supporters don’t take over the sit-in.

Like physically stopping them? Are there felool [people nostalgic for the former regime] in the square?

A lot of them.

Are they attacking protesters, or just trying to infiltrate the movement?

They’re trying to convince people to let the SCAF [Egypt’s military council] take power again.

There are uprisings happening in Turkey, Brazil, Bulgaria and Chile right now. There was brief indication that it was spreading to Indonesia and Paraguay as well, and of course there is the ongoing struggle in Bahrain. Egypt has been a huge inspiration for a lot of these movements. When you overthrew Mubarak, Tunisia had happened, but not much else. Does it feel different, this time? Do you feel a part of something global?

It’s different, for sure. Now, the fear comes from the possibility of civil war. Mubark was shit, but he never played the civil-war card. Morsi is so stupid that he doesn’t even seem to grasp that we could very likely wind up killing each other in the streets. Things are happening now that never happened before, like people attacking bearded men on the street and insulting them.

I feel like this generation of youth around the world is powerfully revolutionary, and now we have the ability to share tools, and to broadcast ideas.

What are you hopeful for, right now?

I hope that people have learned something from what the Brotherhood did, and I hope it’s the beginning of the end for political Islam, or any kind of faith in religious parties.

How can people here best support you all?

By spreading the word that Obama and U.S. government are actively supporting the formation of religious states in the Middle East. The U.S. ambassador said that Egyptians should learn the meaning of democracy! Who the fuck is she to say that?