The protest movement in Egypt has no identifiable leadership body or dominant political party.
Despite this the movement has shown great sophistication in tactics, and has for the most part been able to maintain a non-violent stance which expands its political space and it has outflanked the manoeuvrings of it’s opponent the Mubarak regime.
In two weeks:
- 1.They have drawn the attention of the entire world, and forced the leaders of the western imperialist nations to acknowledge their demand for a change in regime, a change in constitution, and a truly democratic political structure and non-coercive government.
- They have exposed the complicity between the corrupt and dictatorial semi-colonial police states and the major imperial powers and multi-national corporate interests
- They have succeeded in forcing the resignation of key government figures and forced the existing regime to appoint a mediator to directly hear their demands.
- They have successfully controlled and defended substantial physical space in the heart of a major world city, Cairo.
- They have conducted themselves in a peaceful an orderly manner for all the world to see and have earned the respect of the world’s peoples.
- They have maintained close contact and support of enlisted ranks in the Egyptian Army and thus minimized the threat of a direct military challenge to their movement.
- In Tunisia the protest movement has succeeded in completely toppling the governing regime and ruling party, though of course the core state structures, thus far, remain in tact.
- The Egyptian and Tunisian protesters have ignited, what US Senator John McCain called a “virus” of sympathetic actions on the part of other North African workers and sympathy protests the world over.
The entire dialogue in world politics has already been altered by these actions.