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We Demand the Prosecution of Those Responsible for the Death of 15 Truck Drivers.. Save the Drivers Stranded at the Egyptian-Sudanese Crossings and Prevent Further Casualties

Statement by the Revolutionary Socialists

For nearly two months, Egyptian truck drivers have been enduring harsh conditions that have resulted in the death of 15 drivers. The trucks are piling up at the “Arqin” and “Qustul” border crossings between Egypt and Sudan amidst high temperatures and a lack of infrastructure, such as waiting areas and essential services, including the unavailability of water.

The stranded drivers have posted numerous distress calls via video, appealing to Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the Egyptian government to provide facilities at the crossings and supply water and ice. About two weeks ago, a 61-year-old driver posted a video pleading for help at the Arqin crossing before he passed away last Friday.

The state apparatus in Egypt has paid no attention to the distress calls of the drivers stranded at the crossings. The security services that arrest those who post opposition videos do not consider distress videos a security threat.

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also ignored the drivers’ pleas, as it is preoccupied with initiatives like settling military service statuses and other schemes aimed at extracting dollars from Egyptians hard workEgyptians’ hard work abroad.

Egyptian drivers and workers have never been a priority for Abdel Fattah el-Sisi unless it involves breaking strikes and sit-ins or dismantling labor unions and organizations.

The Revolutionary Socialists movement expresses its condolences to the families and relatives of the deceased drivers, who are martyrs in the struggle for a living. The movement asserts that the lives of the drivers who died from heatstroke and meningitis are on the shoulders of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his regime. It demands the prosecution of those responsible for the Egyptian ports on charges of deliberate murder. The movement calls on all drivers, workers, labor unions, parties, and political forces to pressure the Egyptian government to immediately provide support and relief to the drivers stranded at the crossings on both the Egyptian and Sudanese sides.