Yesterday, Sunday, April 6, the workers of Egypt were
preparing for what could have been a very powerful general strike. The state
intervened heavily at the Mahalla textile plant arresting 150 workers. These
methods cannot stop the growing wave of working class militancy and will only
serve to increase the determination of the workers. The workers ‘intifada'
which erupted later that day in the city is proof of this.
The magnificent wave of industrial action in
Egypt, which started over a year ago, is continuing. And it continues to be
ignored by the media. Price rises are the central focus of protest. But in a
very important development, at the Ghazl al Mahalla textile company have
raised political demands for the first time.