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Support “Students for Palestine” Against the Regime’s Repression

Statement by the Revolutionary Socialists

Security forces arrested two students, Ziad Bassyouni, a student at the Academy of Arts, and Mazen Ahmed, a student at the Faculty of Medicine at Mansoura University, for their solidarity with Palestine.

Today, the State Security Prosecution decided to detain them for 15 days on charges of joining a terrorist group and spreading false news.

Since the 2013 coup, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s regime has worked to besiege and suppress the student movement on two levels. This is evident either through direct killings within university walls—let us remember the martyred student Mohamed Reda Mohamed, who was killed in November 2013 after security forces attacked students inside the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University and opened fire on them—or through tightening the siege on students in universities by having the Future of the Nation Party, the political arm of Sisi’s regime, control all student activities and groups within universities and colleges while fighting any other student activity outside this state-representing context.

Just as Sisi’s regime besieged student movements and activities within university walls, turning them into walls of repression. The Sisi regime is working to besiege solidarity with Palestine, which does not stem from the cloak of Sisi’s support first and giving him a blank check to take what is necessary regarding the developments of the ongoing extermination war in Gaza.

This is the same regime that, years ago, ceded the Egyptian islands of Tiran and Sanafir and now wants the masses, particularly students, to give it a mandate to defend the Palestinian cause!

The regime has not been content with besieging students within university walls. A few days ago, Sisi’s regime arrested students from Alexandria Governorate merely for hanging a banner in solidarity with Palestine on one of the bridges. This same regime now claims to be joining South Africa’s call to prosecute the Zionist enemy for the sake of the Palestinian cause.

Meanwhile, supply and shipping lines continue to sail regularly from the ports of Damietta and Alexandria to the enemy’s ports. And it still arrests students simply for their solidarity with Palestine.

The Revolutionary Socialists demand the immediate release of all those in solidarity with Palestine, especially the students, calling on all political, trade union, and labor forces to adopt and raise the slogans of Egypt’s students, whom Sisi’s regime tries to target with security strikes, and to support them by raising their demands.