Solidarity with Revolution in Egypt

A small rally in support of the Egyptian Revolution occurred on the eve of the departure of Mubarak and his reime. Here are what the speakers at the rally said.
Hamish Chitts-(StandFast) speaks at egyptian revolution rally brisbane 11-feb-2011

Jasmine from Egypt speaks at 11 Feb 2011 rally in Brisbane Square

Gary MacLennan

Ian Curr

Sam from Socialist Alliance and close

Solidarity with Egyptian People

Friday February 11, 5pm

Brisbane Square,
(top of Queen St mall (outside casino)

The last few hours in Egypt have become critical – people are marching from Tahrir square in Cairo to the Presidential Palace and to the State TV station.

This is a long and dangerous march. It is still unclear whether the army will take the side of the regime and use violence against the people.

You can view what it happening live on Al Jazeera or ABC TV 24.

Please pass on.


3 thoughts on “Solidarity with Revolution in Egypt

  1. Solidarity with the revolution in Egypt says:


  2. Amnesty calls its own rally - why? says:

    Hello All,

    There is a rift growing between solidarity and human rights activists in Brisbane.

    This is not a good thing especially since people on the streets of Cairo, Alexandria, Tunis, Beirut, Gaza, Amman and other places in the Middle East have shown us the power of solidarity.

    On Thursday, 10 February 2011 Amnesty International made a call for solidarity to uphold human rights in Egypt. They sought endorsement from and Qld Council of Unions (QCU) Brisbane. The Assistant State Secretary of the QCU, Amanda Richards, spoke at the rally. The flyer (below) was circulated on various email lists including the Justice for Palestine (Brisbane) list.

    Prior to this small demonstration of about 50 people there had been one larger demonstration (of about 200) and march on 4 February 2011 and a smaller demonstration the afternoon before on 11 Feb 2011.

    As far as I know, there was no attempt to co-ordinate the demonstrations on 11 and 12 February and no organisational meetings were advertised to help promote the rally.

    Nevertheless the Amnesty rally was advertised by the organisers of the 11 Feb speak-out in Brisbane Square.

    If there had been more co-operation there is little doubt that the size and vigour of the 4 Feb 2011 demonstration would have been repeated or even exceeded. Especially in the light of the people’s victory in Egypt that occurred late on 11 Feb (our time). A celebration march may also have been possible – the reduced numbers on both the 11th and 12th rallies would have made a march of 50 people a demonstration of weakness and would not reflect the sympathy of people for the revolution in Egypt.

    Yet Amnesty International website claimed a great success:

    UPDATE SATURDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2011: Our rallies today in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in solidarity with the people of Egypt were a great success.

    I am reminded that in Brisbane in the 1970s and 80s when George Georges was a leading democratic rights activist and ALP Senator, Georges never shut out or criticised in public the Left and Socialist groups.

    For this reason Peace and Labour Day rallies and marches were events that we looked forward to and where participation by Solidarity groups was assured. Sadly, this has been lost. In those days it did not matter that we carried anti-US imperialism banners, chanted slogans or criticised Labor Party leaders. I note that ALP Senator Claire Moore, whose seat in parliament is a legacy of those years, was acknowledged by the organisers of the Amnesty Rally on the 12th.

    I ask the organisers of the this latter demonstration why they shut us (socialists) out of what turned out to be a great victory and cause of celebration? They say that Amnesty International refuses to work with political groups. Yet it is progressive political organisations that have defended people in Gaza, Palestine, Tunisia and Egypt. What does Amnesty stand for if it wants to separate itself from the organisations that bring about change for the better.

    Of course socialists attended both demonstrations but I felt excluded at the Amnesty rally. There was a cheer suad of volunteers. Do they collect money for Amnesty, what is done with the money and how is it accountable? Others complained of being asked not to show their placards supporting the revolution – the organisers apparently were afraid that images of these placards would appear in the media. But that is what has been appearing on Al-Jazeera night after night – people with political demands. What is wrong that? As it turned out, ABC-TV (at least) only showed the Amnesty rally in Sydney.

    Ian Curr
    13 Feb 2011

    4 Feb Rally in Solidarity with Revolution in Egypt4 Feb Brisbane Square Rally in Solidarity with Revolution in Egypt

    Amnesty flyer





    People Power brings down a dictator!

    It’s a dictator a month in the Middle East at the moment!

    First Ben Ali in Tunisia and now – after all the ups and downs of the last 18 days – Mubarak!

    The fall of Mubarak – the strongest dictator, the closest Arab ally to the US – will send shockwaves around the region and the world.

    And as Hossam el-Hamalawy, an Egyptian socialist and blogger says, ‘The real battle has now begun. We have got rid of Mubarak but now we have to get rid of the Mubarak regime. It’s not about one person, it’s about institutions… To trust the supreme council of the armed forces with the democratic transition is totally out of the question.’

    Join Socialist Alternative for a talk and discussion on this momentus event, and why, this is not the end of the revolution, but only the beginning.

    6.30PM TUES 15 FEB


    B BLOCK ROOM 224


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