Meanwhile, Badri is still quoted by journalists and Western scholars as a “trade unionist”, rather than his real truth: an opportunist imposter with corrupt politics, whose “union” does not have any presence on the ground whatsoever.
The media team at the Revolutionary Socialists has launched a new Twitter account @EgyStrikes, where updates on the industrial actions in Arabic will be provided, via mainstream media reports as well as reports from our activists on the ground. Please follow us and circulate our account among your friends.
Interview with translator Aliya Alwi, following her release from police custody pending investigations into bogus charges, fabricated by the authorities, accusing her together with an Australian journalist and a US student of distributing money to street children agitating the latter to throw rocks at the police!
In the past, the state backed unions played a central role in controlling and/or mobilizing the working class on behalf of Mubarak. Today, the continue to be the loyal servants of the regime and its new masters, the army junta.
The state-run federation general unions incited against the February 11th general strike calls in the media and workplaces. The picture below I took during the 10 February march on the Ministry of Defense is just one example.
The state-run public transport workers distributed banners and forced drivers on stick them on their buses, denouncing the strike calls. I and other protesters had a chat with the driver above, and he assured us he had nothing to do with this banner and he was coerced by his managers into sticking it on the bus.
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