February 8 statement by Resistance, socialist youth organisation.
Resistance stands in solidarity with people in Tunisia, Egypt and the Arab world to overthrow US backed regimes. Once again the youth in these countries are at the forefront of a popular revolt against dictatorship.
Just as young people led the way in after Iran's 2009 presidential elections, which precipitated in to the biggest political crisis in Iran since the 1979 Revolution, the revolt in Tunisia, Egypt and rest of the Arab world is clearly fuelled by the youth who are tired of seemingly unending relegation to the margins of their country's political process and are demanding change in the most fundamental of ways.
In the case of Tunisia, as remarkably known now, weeks of unrelenting protests by throngs of young people amidst heavy-handed resistance by the country's security forces culminated in the spectacular deposition of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali; bringing an ignoble end to more than 23 years of his regime's repressive rule.
Similarly in Cairo, tens of thousands of young Egyptians are at the forefront of the revolt that is impatient and impervious to the Egyptian security officials' panoply of tear gas, rubber bullets and torture tactics.
These young revolutionaries are refusing to back down in the face of brute violence perpetuated by the security forces and paid thugs of Hosni Mubarak, a low life dictator who has been in power since 1981. During this time the people have been denied free elections and a democratic parliament.
While more then 40 million Egyptians live on less than $2 a day and more than 1 million children live on the streets, the US continues to give billions, mostly in military aid, to the regime. It is no surprise that any expression of dissent unleashes a severe repression by the iron hand of the State.
America needs to back off.
The tragedies of Iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated the falsehood of US claims that its interference in the region is to bring about democratic regime change. The people of Tunisia and Egypt, along with the rest of the region, are showing where genuinely democratic regime change will come from - the people themselves.
The Arab uprisings are not just against US-backed dictators. They are against mass poverty and suffrage that results from their governments implementing neoliberal capitalist policies. The policies of multinational institutions like the IMF and World Bank, implemented by the puppet regimes in the Arab world, have created mass poverty, unemployment and a lack of opportunities for ordinary people.
These vicious policies of Western imperialism and state brutality have led to decades of misery inflicted upon our Arab brothers and sisters.
But now people around Egypt are united behind one battle cry: “Kafia” - No More.
And we stand united in spreading this youth revolt internationally.
The Resistance Socialist Youth calls for:
1. No foreign interference!
2. No western support for dictatorships!
3. Mubarak must resign immediately!
4. Free elections now!