FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Reference: Irma Bajar, Chairperson, Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment, email@example.com
On the Ousting of Mubarak in Egypt
February 12, 2011
Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment congratulates Egypt on their triumphant show of people power in the ousting of Hosni Mubarak. The 18 days the Egyptian people assembled in Tahrir Square has created an inspiration we hope to embody in our work in the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines. We will continue to stand with the people of Egypt, and honor the 300 people martyred to remove Mubarak’s oppressive U.S.- backed regime. However, as we celebrate this victory for Egypt and peoples movements world-wide, we must intensify our demands as the international community and further defend the Egyptian revolution.
We must remain vigilant of foreign intervention in Egypt, as it models the common narrative in any tacitly U.S. occupied nation. With the U.S. scrambling to find new imperialist allies to appoint in the next puppet regime, the U.S. government also fears the inspiration felt by Americans evoked by the uprisings in Northern Africa and the Middle East. As those living in the U.S., we must hold the Obama administration accountable to the ways it quells and overtakes the growing mass movement in Egypt. We must continue to stand in solidarity with the Egyptian people to deter the U.S. government from creating new political parties to appoint its new puppet regime, allow Egyptians a genuinely democratic electoral process, demand the U.S. withdraw military presence in the region, and stop sending the $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid to Egypt.
As the international community, we must remain vigilant of efforts initiated by the U.S. which will undermine the true democratic basis of the Egyptian revolution. While this is an amazing victory for the Egyptian people, we must also acknowledge the thousands of Palestinians stranded in Egypt until the siege in Gaza ends. We must not allow the U.S. and Israel to continue to use the Egyptian people as pawns or using Egypt as a strategic point of interest to control Palestine. We must also stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people until Palestine is free!
We call on the women of the world to support the continued struggle in Egypt, and ensure it is free of U.S. dictates and interventions. Filipinas, alongside all exploited women of the world, demand that the U.S. withdraw military presence in Egypt, including all forms of military repression, and covert military wars on civilian communities. Physical violence, sexual assault, rape, and trafficking are specific consequences gravely affecting women and children in times of increased military presence.
As Filipinas living in the United States, we demand an end to all forms of U.S. backed wars of aggression, and support Egypt’s revolution for national liberation and genuine democracy. The most militant expression of international solidarity rests upon our duty as allies to heighten the contradictions in our own communities, and expose the claws of imperialism. We must end U.S. wars of aggression all over the world, and hold the Obama administration responsible for using civilians as pawns to protect imperialist interests.
End all U.S. military aid for wars of aggression!
Down with U.S. Imperialism!
Long live the people of Egypt!
U.S. out of North Africa and the Middle East!
U.S. out of the Philippines!
Long live international solidarity!