Today, the Popular Committees to Defend the Revolution came together with Egypt’s workers to celebrate the first Labor Day following the January Revolution. Today, workers stood in complete confidence, having embarked on a great revolutionary experience in which they realized their strength and ability learned that their rights can only be wrested back through continued struggle, not by begging for “a favor, Mr. President,” as the regime’s collaborators made us believe for thirty years.
The Popular Committees for the Defense of the Revolution
This time, we will not let them steal our revolution. This time, we will not let them speak in our name. They’re searching for the revolution’s voice? Then let us form committees in the squares of every revolutionary governorate.
The Popular Committees for the Defense of the Revolution are participating in the demonstrations Friday, 18 November, to request the handover of power to civilian rule, thus achieving the goals of the revolution which the Egyptian people demanded.
For these and other reasons, the martyrs’ families and the revolutionaries returned to Tahrir Square yesterday—to announce that the revolution continues and confront the security forces with a boldness no less than that with which the Egyptian people courageously tackled the confrontations on the 25th and 28th of January, in order to seize their rights in justice, freedom, and dignity.
It has become clear to all that the military council and its paralyzed government are working in an organized manner to divert the revolution from its correct path, empty it of all meaning, and distance it from the principle goals for which millions of Egyptians revolted and the blood of thousands of martyrs and injured individuals flowed.
The emergence of millions of Egyptians on Friday, the eighth of July, in more than eighteen of Egypt’s governorates, and likewise the sit-in that continued after that in a number of squares confirms several important facts.
Oh people of Egypt, rights are not granted, but grabbed by force. We did not demand ministerial change; rather, we want the realization of the revolution’s demands. Throughout the experience of the past six months, these were not realized except through demonstrations and sit-ins.
With its brave revolution on January 25th, the Egyptian people achieved glorious victories that had long been a dream for millions. These began with the overthrow of the deposed dictator and the figureheads of the regime of looting, impoverishment, and political corruption and bringing them to court. They continued with the dissolution of the People’s Assembly and the Shura Council along with the corrupt ruling party. The end has not yet been reached; it waits for greater determination to meet the goals of the revolution: change and social justice.
Every day—nay, every hour—the Egyptian Revolution is exposed to attempts by the oppressive powers of corruption to destroy and disfigure it. They are exerting various kinds of pressure on Egypt’s honorable revolutionaries in order to obstruct the quick pace of reform and cleansing in all sectors of society.