[There is an upcoming Egyptian election, which MAY bring some representation to some of those involved in the anti-Mubarak uprising in Tahrir Square. On the other hand, it MAY consolidate the control of the military junta. Or, it MAY not mean or decide very much. Some Egyptian forces sent a request to Occupy Wall Street in New York, requesting support and “election observers”, which the OWS General Assembly discussed and made some plans. (See the video for some of the discussion about this.) But when other Egyptians, revolutionary activists in Egypt, heard about this, they sent a message: Hold on, don’t do that. The message from Egypt to OWS is printed, below. Important questions are bound up in this exchange, which we run for everyone’s consideratioon. — Frontlines ed.]
OWS To Send Delegation to Egypt
On Nov. 11, the OWS GA agreed to send a delegation of 20 to Egypt to participate in election monitoring (if only symbolic). In a meeting of the think tank at OWS on Nov.12, the group discussed who to send.
Statement by Comrades from Cairo in Response to OWS Proposal to Send Election Monitors [The following statement was issued by Comrades from Cairo on 13 November 2011.]
To our kindred occupiers in Zuccotti park,
When we called out to you, requesting you join us on 12 November in defending our revolution and in our campaign against the military trial of civilians in Egypt, your solidarity—pictures from marches, videos, and statements of support—added to our strength.
However, we recently received news that your General Assembly passed a proposal authorizing $29,000 dollars to send twenty of your number to Egypt as election monitors. Truth be told, the news rather shocked us; we spent the better part of the day simply trying to figure out who could have asked for such assistance on our behalf.
We have some concerns with the idea, and we wanted to join your conversation.
It seems to us that you have taken to the streets and occupied your parks and cities out of a dissatisfaction with the false promises of the game of electoral politics, and so did our comrades in Spain, Greece and Britain. Regardless of how one stands on the efficacy of elections or elected representatives, the Occupy movement seems outside the scope of this; your choice to occupy is, if nothing else, bigger than any election. Why then, should our elections be any cause for celebration, when even in the best of all possible worlds they will be just another supposedly “representative” body ruling in the interest of the 1% over the remaining 99% of us? This new Egyptian parliament will have effectively no powers whatsoever, and—as many of us see it—its election is just a means of legitimating the ruling junta’s seizure of the revolutionary process. Is this something you wish to monitor? Continue reading