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Massive Proletarian Struggles in North-Africa and Middle-East :
Yes to Classes Struggle ! No to the Democratic Trap !

Street demonstrations of hundred of thousands workers, permanent assemblies on the city places, general strikes, fights with the repressive forces, massive struggles, true proletarian uprisings has unleashed these last weeks in particular in various countries of North-Africa and Middle-East. This situation is now the most manifest expression of the dead-end in which is capitalism. Its inexorable fall into economical crisis and the staggering deterioration of the living and working conditions of the proletariat which accompanies it, engender the outburst and the generalization of the classes' struggles in the entire world.

Contrary to what the bourgeoisie's new medias want to make us believe, the struggles in these countries are not determined by "local" or "regional" causes such as "an authoritarian power", a "fight between religious groups" or a "desire to more democracy". The medias can hardly hide that the true origin of these massive struggles are in the situation that the proletarian class and the other exploited live there as well as in all the world countries.

The struggles in the North-Africa and Middle-East countries confirm in an amazing manner the opening of a "masses strike" at world scale1 and show many characteritics that we surely may see developing in the future.

In particular in Egypt, the general uprising has come from "below", from the proletariat, in a spontaneous and generalized way. In some weeks, the great cities of Egypt, Cairo, Luxor, Suez, Alexandria... has lived days of demonstrations and protests against unemployment, prices rises and against the government to which participated hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions workers ; these demonstrations turned into permanent assemblies on the main places of the cities and were accompanied by strikes in all the sectors which became a general strike which has paralyzed the economical activity of the country - what the bourgeois medias are careful not to say. In front of the attemps of government's repression by the police (in uniform as well as dressed as civilians) and its vague promises of "reform", the movement has generalized to the whole country up to the dismissal of the "dictator" and still continues at the present moment 2.

Not only around the Mediterranean Sea but everywhere is spreading the understanding that there is a link, a continuity, the same causes and goals between the struggles in Greece and Tunisia, in Tunisia and in Egypt, between the ones of North-Africa and the ones of Western Europe, thus between the ones of capitalism's "periphery" and the ones of capitalism's "center". In the entire world, the courage and the desire to launch into struggle is growing. It is this feeling of international class identity which is surging back within the proletariat ; the one the bourgeoisie tries to curb through its medias by presenting each situation as "particular", as "national".

If the bourgeoisie and its news media now talk of the "triumph of the popular revolt", and even of a "triumphant revolution" in Egypt, it is precisely to conceal that actually there is no "triumph" and even less "revolution". The attacks against the living conditions of the workers are going to carry on and the capitalist State which guarantees the salaried's exploitation, remains intact.

But also, the bourgeoisie has now begun to come out one of its master cards in order to try to divide, to exhaust, to dissolve and finally to make fail the movement through seeking to divert it from its class ground to a suicidal struggle "for democracy". Thus, it has quickly encourage the "opposition" with El Baradei's coming back, the "Muslim brothers" and other bourgeois forces which, with the army, begin to prepare a "transition to democracy" which indeed is supported by all the world bourgeoisie, at first Obama and Merkel.

This is another lesson the proletariat will have to remember and to learn : according to the needs of the bourgeoisie and of the classes' struggle, the capitalist State can change its face. It can present itself through the form of "dictatorial", "military", "democratic", "religious and autocratic", "fascist" and even "socialist" government, but the capitalist State does not but carry on being a weapon which guarantees the maintening of the regime of exploitation of the salaried work.

The workers on strike in Egypt were not long to realize : from Monday 14th, the Egyptian army threatened with repression if the workers strikes which affect the main sectors of the country economy and which still maintain despite Moubarak's fall, did not stop. Yet it is this way that the proletarians must carry on following. It is the only mean for them to force some demands which will limit the inevitable worsening of misery and their exploitation. It is the only mean and the only ground which will enable them to face the repression that the "new" democratic States prepare. It is the only mean and the only ground which can allow them to drag behind them all the exploited classes of society. It is also the only mean and the only ground which can enable the whole proletarians of the world, in particular of the historical centers of capitalism, to recognize themselves in their movement and to be inspired by it in order to develop even more their own struggles and to so affirm the only solution to misery and capitalist barbarity : the destruction of the capitalist States and the setting up of a society without exploitation nor classes.

Yes to the class struggle ! No to the democratic trap !

February 15th, 2010


1. See the article on the "mass strike" in this bulletin.

2. Since the beginning of the movement and above all these last two years, massive strikes have shaken the sectors of transportation, banks, oil, textile and even the official media and various government administrations organisms. If today (mid-February), the military junta which has replaced Moubarak is clearly threatening the workers on struggle, it is because their strikes paralise capitalist economy and that some are affecting directly the bourgeois State.

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