|THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD SAYS THIS NEVER HAPPENED |
AND THESE PEOPLE SIMPLY DO NOT EXIST
Busy day leaves me no time to blah blah about my post below. Let me just say that we are all aware of what has been going on in Egypt the past several weeks, but are we all aware on last Friday, as Workers' Liberty reports:
thousands of protesters in the industrial city of Mahalla al-Kubra were reported
to have announced the city “independent”, and planned a “revolutionary council”.
“We no longer belong to the Ikhwani [Brotherhood] state”.
The protesters or insurgents seized the City Council building and blocked roads into and out of the city.
Mahalla is known for its clashes with the police in 2008 which some analysts consider to be the spark of the January 25 2011 revolution.
Seems a pretty significant thing for me to miss.
As Arab News Blog reports:
Most Westerners have probably never heard of Mahalla, or al-Mahallat al-Kubra, but it’s of the most important industrial cities in Egypt, the center of the country’s huge textile industry. You probably own some shirts or sheets or bathrobes made in Egypt; odds are,they were made in Mahalla.
It’s a big place. (In fact, that’s pretty much what “al-Mahallat al-Kubra” means: the Big Place. That may contribute to its anonymity.) Perhaps half a million people today. And for all those people who are arguing over whether the Egyptian Revolution is a revolution of Islamists led by the Muslim Brotherhood or a Revolution of liberal intellectuals led by a bunch of young folk with Facebook and Twitter accounts, the workers in the textile mills of Mahalla are convinced it’s a revolution of an oppressed proletariat. And what’s more, they think it started in 2006. And they sure don’t think it’s over.
Indeed from 2006 onward, and really picking up momentum in 2008, Mahalla has been wracked by labolr activism, general strikes, and worker-management and worker-security forces clashes, and some of the inspiration for the later Egyptian Revolution took spark from the Mahalla strikes, most notably the April 6 movement.
Throughout the post-fall-of-Mubarak era, Islamists and liberals have fought constantly over politics and religion, while the economy has drifted steadily downward. Many political forces give lip service to the plight of Egyptian industrial workers, but no one has done anything effective. The real revolution may be yet to come, and the powers in office whether Muslim Brothers or liberals, will be held responsible,
Not wanting to sound like a Marxist here, but the day may yet come when last Friday’s odd little declaration of an autonomous workers’ soviet in Mahalla may not seem quite so humorous.
Maybe we don't hear about things like this because this is not the type of "Arab Spring" the Empire has in mind. Know what I mean? Wouldn't be prudent for the Empire to allow ideas like this to spread around to other parts of the world.
But what do I know anyway?
The following report is from the Egypt Independent.
IN OPPOSITION TO MORSY, MAHALLA DECLARES