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Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Call-Out for Solidarity with Egypt: Defend the Revolution
 

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On , Alexandre Machado De Sant'Anna Carvalho <ac3018@nyu.edu> wrote:
> Call-Out for Solidarity with Egypt: Defend the Revolution
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> A letter from Cairo to the Occupy/Decolonize movements & other solidarity movements.
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> After three decades of living under a
> dictatorship, Egyptians started a revolution demanding bread, freedom
> and social justice. After a nearly utopian occupation of Tahrir Square
> lasting eighteen days, we rid ourselves of Mubarak and began the second,
> harder, task of removing his apparatuses of power. Mubarak is gone, but
> the military regime lives on. So the revolution continues - building
> pressure, taking to the streets and claiming the right to control our
> lives and livelihoods against systems of repression that abused us for
> years. But now, seemingly so soon after its beginnings, the revolution
> is under attack. We write this letter to tell you about what we are
> seeing, how we mean to stand against this crackdown, and to call for
> your solidarity with us.
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> 25th and 28th of January, the 11th of February: you saw these days,
> lived these days with us on television. But we have battled through the
> 25th of February, the 9th of March, the 9th of April, the 15th of May,
> the 28th of June, the 23rd of July, the 1st of August, the 9th of
> September, the 9th of October. Again and again the army and the police
> have attacked us, beaten us, arrested us, killed us. And we have
> resisted, we have continued; some of these days we lost, others we won,
> but never without cost. Over a thousand gave their lives to remove
> Mubarak. Many more have joined them in death since. We go on so that
> their deaths will not be in vain. Names like Ali Maher (a 15 year old
> demonstrator killed by the army in Tahrir, 9th of April), Atef Yehia
> (shot in the head by security forces in a protest in solidarity with
> Palestine, 15th of May), Mina Danial (shot by the Army in a protest in
> front of Masepro, 9th of October). Mina Daniel, in death, suffers the
> perverse indignity of being on the military prosecutor’s list of the
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> Moreover, since the military junta took power, at least 12,000 of us
> have been tried by military courts, unable to call witnesses and with
> limited access to lawyers. Minors are serving in adult prisons, death
> sentences have been handed down, torture runs rampant. Women
> demonstrators have been subjected to sexual assault in the form of
> “virginity tests” by the Army.
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> On October 9th, the Army massacred 28 of us at Maspero; they ran us over with tanks and shot us
> down in the street while manipulating state media to try and incite
> sectarian violence. The story has been censored. The military is
> investigating itself. They are systematically targeting those of us who
> speak out. This Sunday, our comrade and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah was imprisoned on trumped-up charges. He spends another night in an unlit cell tonight. 
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> this from the military that supposedly will ensure a transition to
> democracy, that claimed to defend the revolution, and seemingly
> convinced many within Egypt and internationally that it was doing so.
> The official line has been one of ensuring “stability”, with empty
> assurances that the Army is only creating a proper environment for the
> upcoming elections. But even once a new parliament is elected, we will
> still live under a junta that holds legislative, executive, and judicial
> authority, with no guarantee that this will end. Those who challenge
> this scheme are harassed, arrested, and tortured; military trials of
> civilians are the primary tool of this repression. The prisons are full
> of casualties of this “transition”.
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> now refuse to co-operate with military trials and prosecutions. We will
> not hand ourselves in, we will not submit ourselves to questioning. If
> they want us, they can take us from our homes and workplaces. 
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> Nine
> months into our new military repression, we are still fighting for our
> revolution. We are marching, occupying, striking, shutting things down.
> And you, too, are marching, occupying, striking, shutting things down.
> We know from the outpouring of support we received in January that the
> world was watching us closely and even inspired by our revolution. We
> felt closer to you than ever before. And now, it’s your turn to inspire
> us as we watch the struggles of your movements. We marched to the US
> Embassy in Cairo to protest the violent eviction of the occupation in
> Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland. Our strength is in our shared struggle. If
> they stifle our resistance, the 1% will win - in Cairo, New York,
> London, Rome - everywhere. But while the revolution lives our
> imaginations knows no bounds. We can still create a world worth living.
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> You can help us defend our revolution.
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> IMF and Gulf states are promising the regime loans of $35 billion. The
> US gives the Egyptian military $1.3 billion in aid every year.
> Governments the world over continue their long-term support and alliance
> with the military rulers of Egypt. The bullets they kill us with are
> made in America. The tear gas that burns from Oakland to Palestine is made in Wyoming. David Cameron’s first visit
> to post-revolutionary Egypt was to close a weapons deal. These are only
> a few examples. People’s lives, freedoms and futures must stop being
> trafficked for strategic assets. We must unite against governments who
> do not share their people’s interests. 
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> We are calling on you to undertake solidarity actions to help us oppose this crackdown.
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> Nov 12th under the slogan “Defend the Egyptian Revolution - End
> Military Trials for Civilians”
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> targeting Egyptian Embassies or Consulates demanding the release of
> civilians sentenced in military tribunals. If Alaa is released, demand
> the release of the thousands of others.
> Actions targeting your government to end support for the Egyptian junta.
> Demand the release of civilians sentenced to military tribunals. If Alaa is released, the thousands of others must follow.
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> videos about the repression we face (military trials, Maspero massacre)
> and our continued resistance. Email us for links.
> Videoconferencing with activists in Egypt
> Any creative way to show your support, and to show the Egyptian people that they have allies abroad.
> If you’re organising anything or wish to, email us at defendtherevolution@gmail.com. We would also love to see photos and videos from any events you organize.
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> The Campaign to End Military Trials of Civilians
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> The Free Alaa Campaign
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> Mosireen
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> Comrades from Cairo
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> Alexandre M.S. Carvalho, M.D., MPH
> 2009 Reynolds Fellow   
> mobile +1 914 563 4209
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> home +1 914 633 0415 
> www.nyu.edu/reynolds
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