The 6th of April Strike

There is supposed to be some sort of strike on the 6th of April organized by Kifaya, the Karama and Wasat Parties and the workers of various government factories and ministeries. They are calling it the "Egyptian Intifiadah", cause, you know the Palestinian one worked out so well. Here is the text in English:

“All national forces in Egypt have agreed upon the 6th of April to be a public strike.
On the 6th of April, stay home, do not go out;
Don’t go to work, don’t go to the university, don’t go to school, don’t
open your shop, don’t open your pharmacy, don’t go to the police
station, don’t go to the camp;
We need salaries allowing us to live, we need to work, we want our
children to get education, we need human transportation means, we want
hospitals to get treatment, we want medicines for our children, we need
just judiciary, we want security, we want freedom and dignity, we want
apartments for youth;
We don’t want prices increase, we don’t want favoritism, we don’t want
police in plain clothes, we don’t want torture in police stations, we
don’t want corruption, we don’t want bribes, we don’t want detentions.
Tell your friends not to go to work and ask them to join the strike.”

You know, so far they had me on board, and then I read about the people that want to organize it, and what else is pissing them off:

After a meeting held and represented by Egyptian
people forces: Ghazl Al-Mahala workers (who are striking since last
year expressing their demands to increase their wages to be in line
with price hikes, their strikes were followed by a series of strikes by
many working sectors in Egypt); Al-Karama Party; Al-Wasat Party; Labor
Party; Kefaya Movement; the Bar Association; Educational Workers
Movement; Grain Mills Workers; they expect a positive
response regarding Moslem Brothers’ participation and support in the
strike.

The slogan of this campaign became wider than just
asking for better wages, whereas it included the “Political Change”:
they cited in their paper, it is against the tyranny of the regime. The
campaign is also against the regime’s foreign policy represented in
Egypt’s position towards Gaza and the Palestinian cause; exporting
natural gas to Israel with the lowest prices; strictly abiding by Camp
David Accords; and opposing Iraqi, Lebanese and Afghani resistance.

So the campaign is for our borders to be breached and our soldiers attacked, the end of peace with Israel, and in support of the Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah. Al Qaida and Muqtada's Al Sadr's militia? A7a!! Really? Seriously?

Fuck that. I ain't playing with those assholes. I am going to my job, and so should any of you with two cells of logic or reason in your heads!

Have a lovely day! 

Comments

  1. you dont have a job

  2. Umm yes he does…he is an investment banker if I recall correctly.

  3. Have there been other strikes like this? Have they been effective, or do they just increase government paranoia and retribution?

    Last queston: Can the demands be met? Rule #1 of making demands is: The people you are making the demands of have to have the ability to meet them.

    Demanding that gravity be shut off on Wednesdays so you can go floating is going to guarantee strike failure because it can’t be done.

    “We want apartments for youth”, comes to mind. An odd demand (to me). Are there even enough apartments available? Or is the a setup for failure?

  4. he quit his job gard. do u send him money

  5. Dude, do u really think someone with my qualifications and intelligence stays unemployed for more than 3 days? Please!!!

  6. Don't laugh at my post Sam!!!!

  7. SM,

    It is like a new world in your blog. All the new names popping up everywhere :)

  8. u like 2 talk about urself. u dont need a job. fans send u money.

  9. Taher Selim says:

    Hey sandmonkey, We dont want you and your ego in this strike

  10. The first paragraph totally contradicts the last! Did any of them work out how could they, or any one else, be able to raise salaries, improve transportation, bolster the health service, improve the infrastructure..etc, while at the same time supporting Hamas, Taliban, Hezbollah,…etc? What exactly does “strictly abiding by Camp
    David Accords” mean? Is there something between war & peace? Will they build up Egypt the same way Hezbollah built & improved Lebanon’s infra-structure? They actually want a thing and its opposite, a brighter future for their children while we wreck up Egypt just like Gaza, Afghanistan…Maybe instead of the appealing sound bites, someone should think first about Egypt, its children & their future; & I mean by that realistic mature thinking.

  11. Well, Nony, in my post I didn’t mean to write about my thoughts, I tried to be neutral as much as I can… all I did, I translated and communicated what I got from people…
    To tell you the truth, all those “forces” are contradicting themselves, the Moslem Brothers and Leftists and so on… Workers are looking for something, MB look for other things, Kefaya is trying to realize something new… in the end, they are Egyptians, but we have lots of problems and it is like, each party tries to solve a part…
    It is complicated, and I am not a politician nor a law expert… I am just new journalist who tries to give a hand.

  12. Hey Taher,,,,,,,,,has anyone every explained to you that you are a fuckin’ dipshit?

    Keep up the good work SM

  13. @11

    Sorry Marianne, I realize now that what I wrote was a bit unclear. I was too lazy to cut & paste so instead just referred to paragraphs. Whatever I posted is not meant at all as criticism of your journalistic talents. No hard feelings Marianne? The contradiction I meant is in the thought processes of those people your article covered. The demands for a better standard of living is legitimate, but what makes me furious is that collection of contradictory ‘forces’ who do not seem to seriously care at all about these workers. It is very sad that some of our intelligentsia are so easily seduced by loud slogans. Maybe they should look through the photo archives of the cities along the suez canal after ’67 before they recommend , in the same breath, raising the standard of living of the workers & not “strictly abiding by Camp
    David Accords” . The Gaza standard of living is something I would rather opt out of. Leaving major decision making that affects our future in the hands of the likes of Sadr, Laden, Taliban Hamas is criminal. Our problems, in my opinion, could only be solved through a rational ,realistic,& holistic approach. Intellectual fads, emotional chants & attempts to grasp power at whatever price will only make things worse .

  14. brooklynjon says:

    I think what Egypt needs is Hope. And Change. Not just any change, but Change You Can Believe In. You can have Hope and Change. Yes you can. Yes you can. Yes you can. Yes you can. Yes you can.

  15. Marianne says:

    Nony, no hard feelings at all:)
    You are absolutely right, I think what we really need is people who love Egypt and who care to change it for the better, away of any interest whether political, financial or even heroic…
    Unfortunately, these forces are all what we’ve got! Where are the intellectuals? Where are the think-tanks who are are wise? where is the civil society? All we need is action instead of sitting in the Greek Club having a beer or in El borsa café etc…., just to speak about the country’s fate and being so upset about it…
    Egyptians are really great and they can do a lot, but “if” they want to.

  16. “Ugandan Church leaders have asked Christians to forgive Libya’s leader for suggesting the Bible was forged as it didn’t mention the Prophet Muhammad. ”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7311564.stm

  17. They are calling it the “Egyptian Intifiadah”, cause, you know the Palestinian one worked out so well.

    Indeed, same with the Lebanese “intifadah” of March 14 fame. That’s working great too.

    This fascination/obsession/imitation of things Palestinian is the scourge of all Arabs: regimes AND opponents.

    Got to go now, time to don my Arafat keffiyah and go clubbing.

  18. I hate u
    u spoiled my intentions to stop going to my colg for a good cause

  19. porkcracklin says:

    Dear Taher and all the rest of you knappy headed rock/moon worshippers,
    Pat Condell(?) says the Koran is nothing more than the psychotic ramblings of a carpet eating muppet with shit for brains. Bad news-the world is running out of toilet paper. Good news-there are plenty of Korans. Let me explain…no I sum it up…explain take to long.
    1. fuck Islam
    2. fuck Mohammad
    3. fuck you

  20. porkcracklin,
    It is not nice AT ALL to insult anyone + it is not civilized, you must talk objectively trying to express yourself without hurting anyone….

    Besides, what you have written has no relation with the post!!!!!!

  21. Anon 1:50 says:

    Thank you Marianne. Filth like that should not be allowed out of it’s pen, much less near a keyboard.

    About the strike…

    “So the campaign is for our borders to be breached and our soldiers attacked, the end of peace with Israel, and in support of the Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah. Al Qaida and Muqtada’s Al Sadr’s militia? A7a!! Really? Seriously?”

    It doesn’t sound like a good platform. Why would any thinking person support it?

  22. Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah. Al Qaida and Muqtada’s Al Sadr’s

    Um, as well as FARC, ETA, Shining Path, and the Tamil Tigers.

    Um, did I miss any other terrorist/militant group?

  23. @21

    Xylo, are you saying the organizers of the 6 April strike are also demanding support for FARC, ETA, Shining Path, and the Tamil Tigers? This strike was the main topic here, unless I’m confused, or you’re confused, or you just went on the defensive on “automatic pilot mode”, none of the above are relevant to the topic under discussion .

  24. Perry: “Ugandan Church leaders have asked Christians to forgive Libya’s leader for suggesting the Bible was forged as it didn’t mention the Prophet Muhammad. ”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Uganda

    Religions: (from 2002 census) Christianity 85.1% (Roman Catholic 41.9%, Anglican Church of Uganda 31.9%, other Protestant 10.3%, other Christian 1%), Islam 12.1%, indigenous beliefs 1%, other 0.7%

    Damn. 85% Christian! That’s almost as high a percentage as the US! Q man would have never made it to the airport alive after making those comments, if Christians were like Muslims. Would he?

    Hey, Twosret – Uganda is 32% Anglican… how do you figure the Church of England got so popular in AFRICA!? Not evangelism, I’m sure! :P

    Uganda is roughly 40% Protestant… same as Catholic(~40%). Interesting split.

  25. “Q man would have never made it to the airport alive after making those comments, if Christians were like Muslims. Would he?”

    Yeah they’re so good they even made him a monument :

    “The Government has erected a giant monument at Buganga, Nkozi to honour Libya’s support to the liberation war. However, the unveiling ceremony that was to be performed on Thursday by Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gadaffi was deferred under unclear circumstances. The Government and UPDF officials, who had gone for the ceremony, 4 klms from Kayabwe on Masaka road, were left in suspense. The monument bearing the portraits of Qadhafi and President Museveni was put up by the National Housing and Construction Corporation, one of the companies in which Libya has majority shares. The corporation chairman, Keith Muhakanizi, said they were only contracted to erect the monument, but that it belonged to the Libyans. The monument, now dressed in canvass with lights hanging over it, is guarded by UPDF soldiers. Earlier, reports said the monument was in memory of Libyan soldiers killed in the 1979 war while fighting alongside the late Idi Amin’s soldiers as they battled the Tanzanian liberators. But Army spokesperson Major Paddy Ankunda clarified that it was in commemoration of the continued solidarity between Libya and Uganda. [The Vision]”

    or was that because of all the money that his is throwing their way ?

  26. Anthony Wrifford says:

    Do it! Americans have too long favored sticking it out with the bog coroprations over here fucking up everything. They’re fucking it up for those of you over seas, as well. Hell no, most Americans hate this! But, alas, too many of us have gotten so deeply into debt that something like this April 6th general strike would be very hard or impossible in this once free nation.

    At least I SAY…good luck! Let them see what you’re made of! Don’t be intimidated.
    I have been to far to many protests in the US against the wars we are waging only to see people cave in to the police.

    I have (proudly) been arrested a few times since this all started in 2003. It’s my patriotic duty to do so and it’s your right as a human being to participate in such a cause as you describe….ALW

  27. The monument bearing the portraits of Qadhafi and President Museveni was put up by the National Housing and Construction Corporation, one of the companies in which Libya has majority shares. The corporation chairman, Keith Muhakanizi, said they were only contracted to erect the monument, but that it belonged to the Libyans.

    Sounds like the Libyans built *themselves* a monument, NB :D

  28. a7a men ya ro7 ommak ya kalb elsolta
    bokra elbalad tendaf men amsalak