Comrades from Cairo. Solidarity statement from Cairo. Occupy Wall Street. 2011 Oct 25. Available from: http://www.occupywallst.org/article/solidarity-statement-cairo/. Accessed 2011 Nov 25. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/63Szx74pv.
The authorship of this essay is uncertain; it is attributed to unnamed Egyptian revolutionaries. The notion of “occupation” is defined in a way that denies the legitimacy of existing legal authorities:
We are not protesting. Who is there to protest to? What could we ask them for that they could grant? We are occupying. … There is a direct conflict between what we seek to make of our cities and our spaces and what the law and the systems of policing standing behind it would have us do.
The authors recount the role of violence, and especially of battles against the police, in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. They urge the occupiers in the USA to be prepared to use force to oppose forcible eviction by the police.
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