Messages of Solidarity and Protection for the Demonstrators of Egypt from MADRE's Partner in Iraq
Posted on: Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Statement of solidarity with the people of Tunisia and EgyptRevolutionary greetings to the courageous people of Tunisia and Egypt to our sisters, brothers and co-fighters in these countries; we are in full solidarity with you. We harbor great hope and admiration of your bravery in ousting two of long-term dictators in the region, whose overthrow was long overdue.
The fair demands of your protest movement for social justice, equality, welfare, jobs, freedom and dignity are inspiring, and give hope to millions of oppressed people not only in the region but around the world.
Fighting for abolishing the entire political establishment in Tunisia and Egypt, which was backed by the US and their Western allies for many decades, is a start of a new history of this region; its pages will be written by the brave people who made this revolution possible. Your courage and continuous demands for the removal of dictators has forced not only shame upon the US and other western countries but also to stop supporting these dictators at least for now. They are forced to concede to your just demands.
The will power of dignified, freedom-loving workers, youth, women and men in Tunisia and Egypt, and their defiance and commitment to real regime change have forced the west to recognize that the Middle East is not only about production of terrorism, and suicide bombers, but is also a place for revolutionaries and freedom-loving people who can make history once they show the power of the masses to ascend above the barriers of fear. Despite the fact that the dictators offered so-called “reforms”, the high spirited revolutionary people who have suffered oppression, degrading treatment, discrimination, imprisonment, torture, lack of rights, freedom of speech and expression did not want reform from the very people who deprived them from these basic human rights for so many decades.
We at the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq are watching and following up closely with the news coming from Tunisia, Egypt and other dictatorship-driven countries in the Middle East and North Africa. We have strong hope and believe that others will follow. Military coup-d'état and western-backed and installed governments have had their terms in office through authoritarian rule and the terrorizing of civilians. The time has come for people to take matters into their own hands, and choose an alternative that represents the free will and aspiration of people for a better life, better future for their children, equal rights for women, workers and all people regardless of their backgrounds. The times have changed; people have broken through the barriers of fear and have tasted the glory of their own will power and strength to change the oppressive establishment.
We offer our strong support and solidarity to the people of Tunisia and Egypt in their revolution.
Long live the people's revolution
Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, OWFI
OWFI's President, Yanar Mohammed, also sent us this update about the violence that has erupted against protesters in Egypt. Read her statement condemning the attacks below:
OWFI Condemns the Attacks on the Demonstrators in Egypt by Mubarak's Thugs
In a telephone call by Akram Nader, fwcui\owfi representative, one of the demonstrating worker groups' leader and an organizer of the January 25 revolution, Kamal Abou Aetah forwarded a call for help and support from all the freedom-lovers of the world to stand behind the people's struggle in Cairo for freedom.
"Help us as we're being attacked. Our peaceful demonstration is subject to beatings and extreme violence by Mubarak's police and intelligence who are disguised as demonstrating civilians. They attempt to massacre our uprising."
Although Abou Aetah's unionist\workers groups managed to gather forces and push the security thugs outside the Tahrir square within a few hours, the conflict still continues, and may lead to a massacre against the demonstrators anytime.
OWFI stands strongly behind the Egyptian people's right to oust the rogue regime in Egypt. We call upon the international community to intervene and put an end to the violent attacks against the demonstrators who practice their legitimate right of ousting a long-overdue despot and his whole corrupt establishment.
Archives"Press Room" Home September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 July 2006 June 2006 April 2006 March 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 April 2005 March 2005 November 2004 October 2004 April 2004 March 2004 January 2004 December 2003 October 2003 September 2003 June 2003 April 2003 January 2003 September 2002 June 2002 January 2002 November 2001 October 2001 September 2001 August 2001 January 2001
MADRE & Our Partners Make News
Peru TV slammed by UN as racial stereotypes paraded for cheap laughs (The Guardian, September 3, 2014)
In Iraq, women 'are the battlefield' (Women Under Siege , August 12, 2014)
Haitian woman faces death threats for speaking out about violence against women (WBEZ Worldview, July 16, 2014)
Media Spotlight Turns Away from Iraq, as Concerns Mount Over Human Rights and Political Stalemate (Uprising Radio, July 11, 2014)
Iraq: The women left behind (Aljazeera, July 3, 2014)