The situation in Mahalla has become far more serious than
the media would lead us to believe. The police opened fire on the unarmed
demonstrating workers and killed at least four. Here we publish an appeal for
solidarity that we have received from Egypt.
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.