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Anger after Egyptian court jails leading Revolutionary Socialist Mahienour el-Massry

Wednesday 21st May 2014

A court in Alexandria has jailed leading Revolutionary Socialist Mahienour el-Massry for two years and fined her over £4,000.

She has now gone missing in the prison system.

Her family went to visit her this morning, Wednesday, at the women’s prison at Damanhour city in Beheira governate.

They were told that Mahienour was not there as there was a mistake in her papers.

Mahienour, a human rights lawyer, was sentenced in her absence in January. She was arrested again in April but freed pending an appeal this week, which lost.

Tahar Mukhtar, a Revolutionary Socialist in Alexandria, was at the court with Mahienour. He told Socialist Worker, “We expected the judge to step down – as he had in a previous hearing in this case – and the hearing to be postponed.

“But we were taken with Mahienour into a room and guards put on the door. Then Mahienour was taken into a ...

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DSIP: The Prime Minister and ministers must go!

Saturday 17th May 2014

Murder was committed in Soma by the government and the bosses. This was not an accident, but mass murder, committed openly and publicly. The official announcement is that 284 miners are dead, but we know that there are still many miners underground who have not been reached.

The miners’ relatives booing Prime Minister Erdoğan and the protests across the country show that anger at the government is growing, becoming widespread and hardening.

Erdoğan's insulting speech in Soma, his adviser kicking a miner’s relative, and Erdoğan punching another man in the face all show that the government is running scared.

There are reports of the Prime Minister hitting other people too as he moves around with his army of bodyguards. Hitting out at relatives and friends of miners who have lost their lives and insulting the people of Soma prove that Erdoğan, who has been aiming to stand for Presiden in ...

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