Appeal by Communists and workers Parties

Solidarity with the communists, the progressive forces and the working class in Egypt

Since early morning today both downtown Cairo, and the main squares in the city, have been occupied by special security forces, anti-riot forces, and security personnel wearing civilian uniforms. In other cities, such as Alexandria and Algharbia, inhabitants have witnessed a heavy security force presence in the main squares and streets.

The city of Almahalla Alkobra was the location of today's largest demonstrations.

Nearly 200 activists have already been arrested at different times across different provinces. A number of workers are on strike in solidarity with the demands of striking workers of the Ghazl Almahalla spinning and weaving company. Their central demand is that wages must be linked to the rate of inflation - which affects not only Ghazl Almahalla workers, but all of the Egyptian working class.

Ghazl Almahalla workers' strike turned into a huge demonstration covering the whole city of Almahalla Alkobra. The poor people, peasants and workers all joined the demonstrations. Nearly 30,000 citizens chanted slogans against rising price, against monopolies, neo-liberalism and market forces.

The Egyptian central security forces attacked the demonstrators using huge tear-gas grenades, plastic bullets, electric-shock batons (tasers) and live bullets, resulting in hundreds of injuries amongst the demonstrators. The security forces arrested and detained both injured and not-injured demonstrators.

The news from Almahalla Alkobra onfirmis the death of at least 2 citizens - one is a nine years old female, and the other is a 20 years old male.

The “black forces” – a branch of the security forces – burned some shops, public buildings, trains and vehicles, in order to be able to fabricate charges against detained demonstrators and workers. Their aim is to tighten the grip of the police and the state on the working class and to contain the rising social awareness in Egypt, which has greatly increased in the last five years.

Our appeal to you is to support the just and fair demands of the Ghazl Almahalla workers and their right to choose the means to express their demands, whether demonstrations, strikes or any other method.

We, the communists and all the democratic and social forces, urgently alert you to the fact that the police, acting on instructions from the state, will start a huge campaign of repression against the working class in general and the Ghazl Almahalla workers in particular. These concerns arise from the thuggery of the security forces' reaction in Almahalla Alkobra city today. The warning also arises from the intentions of the security forces to deliberately fabricate charges against workers' leaders

The parties

Algerian Party for Democracy and Socialism

Communist Party of Bangladesh

Workers' Party of Belgium

Communist Party of Brazil

Communist Party of Britain

New Communist Party of Britain

Party of Bulgarian Communists

Communist Party of Canada

AKEL, Cyprus

Communist Party of Denmark

Communist Party in Denmark

Communist Party of Egypt

Communist Party of Finland

German Communist Party

Communist Party of Greece

Hungarian Communist Workers' Party

Tudeh Party of Iran

Communist Party of Ireland

Workers' Party of Ireland

Communist Party of Israel

Party of the Italian Communists

Jordanian Communist Party

Socialist Party of Latvia

Lebanese Communist Party

Socialist Party of Lithuania

Communist Party of Luxembourg

Communist Party of Malta

Party of the Communists, Mexico

Popular Socialist Party of Mexico

New Communist Party of the Netherlands

Peruvian Communist Party

Philippine Communist Party (PKP-1930)

Portuguese Communist Party

Communist Party of Romania

Communist Party of the Russian Federation

New Communist Party of Yugoslavia (NKPJ)

South African Communist Party

Communist Party of Peoples of Spain

Communist Party of Sweden

Syrian Communist Party

Communist Party of Turkey

Labour Party (EMEP), Turkey

Communist Party of Uruguay

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