Speech of Comrade Salah Adly, Secretary General of the Egyptian Communist Party at the 15th International Meeting of Communist

and Wor ers! Parties "#is$on %&1' (o)em$er *'1+, Dear comrades, representatives of international communist workers' parties, Allow me in the beginning to thank the Portuguese Communist Party for hosting this important meeting and to convey to your parties greetings from our comrades in the Egyptian Communist Party for your position in support of the revolution of the Egyptian people and their struggle against tyranny, religious fascism and international imperialism. Comrades, our months have passed since the outbreak of the Egyptian people's revolution on !une "#, which is considered the second wave, more profound and mature, of the !anuary $%, $#&& revolution, as they rose up to rectify the wrong track of the !anuary 'evolution and removed the greatest danger suffered by Egypt in its modern history, namely the risk of sei(ure of power by the fascist religious right led by the )uslim *rotherhood and its allies of terrorist groups+ those forces whose political, economic and social orientations represent the most parasitic, corrupt, authoritarian, fascist, racist and reactionary segments of capitalism. ,hey conspired to kidnap the !anuary 'evolution and threatening Egyptian and Arab national security for the benefit of a plan led by the -nited .tates of America and international /ionism, implemented under the auspices of 0atar and ,urkey. ,hey seek to enable the )uslim *rotherhood and fundamentalist currents to control over Egypt and the region, igniting sectarian wars and dividing and dismantling Arab countries and destroying national armies which represent a potential threat to 1srael. ,hese associations are being adapted to serve -..., /ionism and imperialism agendas and continue integration into the globali(ation policies of capitalism and commitment to the neo2liberal approach associated with 3orld monopolies. 4o doubt, the success of !une "# 'evolution which brought down the rule of )uslim *rotherhood and their allies, in which tens of millions of people came out in unprecedented peaceful popular demonstrations. ,he army sided with them to implement the will of the people and save the country from civil war and sectarian strife+ dealing a ma5or defeat for these schemes. ,his e6plains the wrath of the -nited .tates and European -nion governments and their deliberate media and political distortion of the revolution, especially that the position of the army leadership opposed the -nited .tates for the first time in forty years. 4o doubt also that thwarting the plot of -... military aggression on .yria and opening the door to a political solution confirming the unity of .yria and achieving the will of the people in democratic and social transition led to deepening the rift

within the imperialist camp and stressed the positive shifts taking place in the world, after long years of reaction and retreat in the global revolutionary process... ,hat change is due to deepening of the structural crisis of capitalism and its reaching critical levels after the $##7 crisis. 1t is also the result of the beginning of the revolutionary and progressive tidal wave the world is witnessing in many parts of the world since the beginning of the third millennium, which we e6pect to escalate at a rapid pace in the coming years and decades. Comrades, Despite our reservations on some points in the 8)ap of uture8, on which the national forces agreed for the transitional period after !une "#, as well as the formation of the transitional government, which we do not consider to be revolutionary yet it is a reformist technocrat government not having enough courage and initiative to implement the urgent demands to achieve the goals of the revolution at this stage. 9et, we believe in the necessity to continue implementation of the )ap of uture as we can not go backwards. Public pressure is a must for the implementation of these demands, including: &. Dropping the fascist religious right pro5ect once and for all, and elimination of their terrorist resistance to the revolution. ,his re;uires the need to consider the *rotherhood a terrorist group and prohibiting its activity as well as its allies and confiscation of their property and funds. 1ssuing a civilian democratic constitution 2 which is underway in the ifty Persons Committee 2 and caring that it becomes decisive in the direction of a civil state, neither religious nor military committed to the economic and social rights of workers, peasants, laborers and the rights of women and minorities. Achieving the urgent economic and social demands of the laborers and the poor. Completing issuing legislations granting freedom to form political parties, trade unions, federations and associations. Completion of parliamentary and presidential elections before the middle of ne6t year.


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,hese goals will not be decisively achieved e6cept through the struggle of socialist parties and forces represented in the 8'evolutionary Democratic Alliance8, which includes socialist parties and forces and some progressive movements and organi(ations. ,his alliance shall accelerate to form a unified 5oint command, and work at the same time to form a popular progressive mass through alliance with nationalist and 4asserist parties and forces nearest to left positions. ,his mass shall also include labor, peasant and youth organi(ations and movements and social $

movements that e6plode all over in every place for the formation of a broad front with national democratic progressive orientation to correct the balance which is currently unbalanced in favor of rightist forces in the community, so that the left can be an active participant in both of the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. Comrades, ,he revolutions and uprisings of the Arab peoples, especially the Egyptian and ,unisian revolutions, have raised many ;uestions and put many issues on the table for theoretical and practical research, which we think should be taken care of by our revolutionary parties and our research centers. Perhaps the most important of these are: &. 'e2 raising the issue of the national democratic revolution in the new changing conditions of development of imperialism and in the light of the tremendous advances made available by the communications and information revolution, and developments that have taken place on the class map in developing countries and the need for our parties to accommodate the new movements in the conte6t of a broad front for radical social and political change. 1t is necessary to recogni(e that what is happening in Egypt now will have implications on the )iddle East and its European reach for sure. $. ,he limits of bourgeois democracy in general, and in our countries where there is oppression, dependency and underdevelopment in particular+ and the validity of perception for which several of our parties are prisoners, namely sanctifying the electoral polls and recogni(ing them alone as a single form of e6pressing the popular will, especially in periods of revolutionary transformation and periods of transition. ,his opens the door to our urgent need to create new forms of social participatory democracy... especially when clear contradictions between the goals and the demands of revolutions and the results of the elections being contradictory because of the traditional mechanisms of the electoral process and their being dominate by right2wing forces and political money power. ". 'ole and tasks of communist and workers' parties in the face of the great impact and massive influence of the media and uncovering the media of world monopoly that can distort the facts and launch media wars against revolutions and uprisings of the peoples standing against the interests of imperialism and using them to convince the world public opinion of different results contrary to what happens on the ground. ,he Egyptian revolution has suffered from hegemony of this media image made by Channels like Al2!a(eera, the C44, the **C, and rance $< etc. ,his media war has an enormous impact in misleading the people and isolating revolutions and uprisings, which will have a negative effect politically and morally. "

<. ,he issue of the necessity to renew theoretical and political )ar6ist thought and the importance of starting from the actual concrete reality away from systematic analyses and saved stereotypes, recogni(ing the changes that have occurred in the last hundred years. =n the other hand the need to respect the e6periences and struggles of local revolutionary forces and dealing in a critical revolutionary spirit in order to absorb the lessons and successes and also learn from mistakes of such live e6periences in a comradely manner. inally> Comrades, 3e also see that the coming years and decades will witness ma5or changes in the direction of victory of peoples' struggle against imperialism, and that the socialist option will prove being the only alternative capable to face disasters caused by global capitalism+ being capable to achieve the alternative humanitarian and democratic globali(ation for a new world free of e6ploitation, oppression, wars and poverty+ a 3orld worthy of humans in the ,wenty2 irst Century.