Egyptian protesters ‘must be congratulated’

2011-02-12 14:43

Egyptian protesters must be congratulated for toppling Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the Media Review Network (MRN) said today.

“We congratulate the people for this great victory and call on them to remain vigilant lest forces opposed to their epic gain seek to undermine it,” said chairperson Iqbal Jassat.

He said that the MRN is aware that Israel is “deeply troubled by Mubarak’s departure despite their best efforts to have him stay in power and defy the protesters”.

“It is thus expected that having lost a crucial partner in oppression, Israel is likely to manipulate its US ally to forestall a free and fair election.”

The MRN called on the masses to retain their determination until civilian rule was established.

Egypt exploded in celebration at Cairo’s Tahrir Square after an 18-day uprising forced President Hosni Mubarak to hand over power to the military, ending three decades of authoritarian rule.

Meanwhile, the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union called the people of Egypt “heroic”, adding its voice to other organisations in support of the fall of Mubarak’s “autocratic” regime.

“This is an opportunity for Egyptians to put in place a social system that does not allow exploitation of man by another and be wary of allowing the intelligentsia to hijack a spontaneous working class revolution.”

Cosatu said yesterday that dictators around the world “should be trembling with fear at the triumph of the people’s power in Egypt”.

“Let us hope that we are entering a new era in which democracy spreads all over the world,” it said.

The International Relations and Cooperation Department, on behalf of the South African government, said today that the latest events in Egypt “represent a victory of the will of the people and marks the dawn of a new era of democracy”.

The department called on Egypt to begin preparations for democratic elections.

“South Africa remains ready to support the transitional government in Egypt as it prepares to steer the country towards a new course of freedom and democracy.”

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