Filipino revolutionary forces are one with the struggle of the Egyptian people

By Communist Party of the Philippines

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the Filipino revolutionary forces express their solidarity with the Egyptian people in their struggle to put an end to the 30-year US-backed feudal dictatorship of the Mubarak regime.

The CPP has been intently following developments in Egypt and a number of other Arab countries where intense and widespread people's unrest against decades of feudal dictatorial rule and social miseries have recently been on the rise. In Tunisia, mass demonstrations succeeded in putting an end to the 23-year iron-fisted rule of the Ben Ali regime that wrought socio-political repression and economic hardships on the masses.

Several hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have been massing up for days in Cairo's Tahrir Square to demand the immediate ouster of the Mubarak regime.

The massive Egyptian demonstrations, which began on January 25 have been impelled by mass discontent over the pro-imperialist, feudal, dictatorial, bankrupt and antipeople policies of the Mubarak regime. The Egyptian people have long been made to suffer political oppression, rising prices, widespread unemployment and mass poverty, and suppressed with the use of terror, emergency laws, military brutality and the secret police. The CPP supports the national and democratic aspirations and struggle of the Egyptian people.

The CPP condemns the Mubarak regime and his ruling party for unleashing security forces, fascist agents and several thousand counter-demonstrators yesterday to attack the anti-Mubarak protestors. Yesterday, camel and horse riding fascist forces charged at and whipped protestors, threw stones and fired guns at them. At least five demonstrators were killed and more than 600 wounded.

The fascist counter-demonstration was an attempt by the ruling regime to project the anti-Mubarak protesters as only a fraction of the Egyptian people. With the outright display of fascist violence, it also tried to dissuade the Egyptian people from joining further demonstrations.

The Mubarak clique's fascist tactics are bound to fail. It reflects the ruling regime's desperation to hold on to power. It is now teetering and nearing collapse.

The Mubarak regime could only persist during the past three decades with its sheer repression of the Egyptian people through the employment of US-funded army and police. With a $2 billion annual military subsidy from the US, this much-detested regime has been second only to Israel in receiving the largest US "foreign aid." Under Mubarak, Egypt has served as a US-Israeli foil against the Palestinian and Arab peoples.

The CPP enjoins the Egyptian people to consolidate their ranks, prepare for greater difficulties and bigger sacrifices, and strive to persist and advance their struggle. They must draw strength from the justness of their cause in order to persevere and achieve victory in the struggle to put an end to the US-Mubarak fascist regime.

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