The 2013 military coup in Egypt

Ten years since the beginning of the Egyptian revolution

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2021

The decisive lesson from the Egyptian revolution is that a revolutionary leadership in the working class must be built, in opposition to the pseudo left, prior to the eruption of mass struggles.

Wave of anti-government protests across Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 29 September 2020

Protests have been small but testify to the social and economic powder keg over which the El-Sisi regime presides.

Egypt: el-Sisi approves legal framework for military dictatorship

By Jean Shaoul, 3 June 2020

Though utilising the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse, only five of the 18 proposed amendments are clearly tied to public health developments.

Hosni Mubarak, US-backed dictator of Egypt for 30 years, dead at 91

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2020

Overthrown in 2011 by a mass revolt of the Egyptian people, he died with his criminal legacy secured by a military regime that is even more repressive than the one he headed.

Amid protests, Egyptian court suspends trial of ousted President Mursi

By Bill Van Auken, 5 November 2013

As Muslim Brotherhood supporters protested outside the court, Mursi denounced the trial as the illegitimate product of a military coup.

Egyptian military persecutes filmmaker who witnessed crackdown

By Dylan Lubao, 9 October 2013

After detaining them for two months, Egypt's military regime still refuses to let filmmaker John Greyson and surgeon Tarek Loubani leave Egypt.

Egyptian junta launches crackdown on protests commemorating 1973 war

By Johannes Stern, 7 October 2013

The ongoing bloody crackdown in Egypt highlights the deepening crisis of the US-backed military junta.

Thousands protest military rule in Egypt after Muslim Brotherhood ban

By Johannes Stern, 28 September 2013

On Friday, thousands protested against military rule in Egypt after the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters outlawed the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood earlier this week.

Egyptian junta intensifies crackdown after unresolved Cairo bombing

By Johannes Stern, 7 September 2013

The Egyptian army seized on the unresolved Interior Ministry bombing to crack down on protests and political parties.

Revolution and counterrevolution in Egypt: The political lessons

By Johannes Stern, 7 September 2013

The recent events in Egypt represent a defeat for the masses, but this does not mean the end of the revolution, it is rather the end of its initial stages.

Military junta puts Egypt in lockdown amid Friday protests

By Alex Lantier, 24 August 2013

In a climate of fear, turnout for the pro-Muslim Brotherhood protests was low, with hundreds or thousands attending.

The release of Hosni Mubarak

By Alex Lantier and David North, 23 August 2013

The US-backed Egyptian military junta’s release of Mubarak symbolizes the advance of counterrevolution in Egypt since the July 3 coup.

Egyptian court orders release of imprisoned former dictator Hosni Mubarak

By Alex Lantier, 22 August 2013

A Cairo criminal court ordered Egypt’s long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak freed from prison on bail yesterday.

Egypt’s military consolidates dictatorship as Washington reviews aid

By Bill Van Auken, 21 August 2013

The Egyptian military is continuing its crackdown, arresting Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Badie.

Egyptian military junta moves to free Mubarak

By Alex Lantier, 20 August 2013

The junta’s rehabilitation of the hated dictator Mubarak shows that its July 3 coup, backed by the pseudo-left, was a counterrevolutionary conspiracy against the people.

How Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists helped pave the way for military repression

By Chris Marsden, 20 August 2013

The Revolutionary Socialists have played a vital part in a political conspiracy against the Egyptian working class.

Egyptian junta intensifies crackdown

By Johannes Stern, 19 August 2013

Over the weekend, the military junta in Egypt continued its violent crackdown against opposition to its dictatorial regime.

Mass protests defy curfew, army crackdown in Egypt

By Alex Lantier, 17 August 2013

Mass protests across Egypt defied a curfew and crackdown by Egypt’s US-backed military junta yesterday, two days after the junta killed over 600 and wounded more than 4,000.

Clashes spread in Egypt amid rising death toll from army massacre

By Alex Lantier, 16 August 2013

Fighting surged yesterday across Egypt after the country’s military junta tried to drown protests in blood in Wednesday’s massacre.

Obama and the Egyptian massacre

By Johannes Stern, 16 August 2013

Wednesday’s massacre of hundreds of protesters by the US-backed Egyptian military junta shatters Washington’s hypocritical claims that its Middle East policy is based on democracy and human rights.

Egyptian junta imposes martial law amid bloody crackdown

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 15 August 2013

Yesterday’s repression testifies to the ruthlessness of efforts by the Egyptian ruling class and its imperialist backers to drown the Egyptian revolution in blood.

Kerry boosts Egyptian military dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2013

The US secretary of state said the military coup of July 3 constituted “restoring democracy.”

US, EU officials press for détente between Egyptian junta and Muslim Brotherhood

By Alex Lantier, 1 August 2013

The imperialist powers and sections of the Egyptian ruling elite are concerned that continued bloodshed will discredit the regime and encourage renewed working class struggles.

The Egyptian coup and the tasks facing the working class

By Johannes Stern, 30 July 2013

The July 3 military coup in Egypt has starkly revealed the principal problem facing the working class internationally: the crisis of revolutionary leadership.

Massacre in Egypt: US-backed junta kills scores, wounds thousands of people

By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2013

Egyptian security forces attacked pro-Mursi rallies early Saturday morning, firing live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas.

Egyptian coup leader al-Sisi threatens mass repression

By Johannes Stern, 26 July 2013

Like Mubarak before him, al-Sisi is referring to an alleged threat of “terrorism” to provide cover for a crackdown and establish a military dictatorship.

Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists seek to cover up support for military coup

By Johannes Stern, 26 July 2013

As the military regime in Egypt intensifies its crackdown on all opposition, and as the former elements of the Mubarak dictatorship are integrated into positions of power, the counter-revolutionary role of the “left” supporters of the coup is ever more clearly exposed.

“Independent” trade unions join military-backed government in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 22 July 2013

The integration of “independent” trade unions into Egypt’s military regime exposes the anti-democratic role of groups like the Revolutionary Socialists, which have promoted them.

Top US official meets with Egyptian junta as crackdown continues

By Chris Marsden, 17 July 2013

Violent repression of members of the Muslim Brotherhood is continuing in Egypt in wake of last week’s coup by the military.

Washington asserts its authority in Egypt

By Chris Marsden, 16 July 2013

Two US Navy ships patrolling in the Middle East have been moved closer to Egypt's coast in recent days, amidst fears of civil war.

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists support US-backed military coup

By Johannes Stern, 16 July 2013

The pseudo-left stands condemned by its own words and actions as political agents of imperialism.

Hundreds of thousands join Islamist rallies to protest military coup in Egypt

By Barry Grey, 13 July 2013

On Friday, the Egyptian army maintained a large and highly visible presence, fearing the potential for a violent clash between pro- and anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators and the outbreak of civil war.

US ships F-16s to Egypt as junta intensifies crackdown

By Bill Van Auken, 12 July 2013

The Obama administration’s shipping of F-16 warplanes to Egypt is a clear signal of support to last week’s military coup.

International Socialist Organization backs Egyptian coup

By Alex Lantier, 11 July 2013

In a July 5 interview, ISO leader Ahmed Shawki declared his support for the military government that took power in Egypt on July 3.

Egyptian military regime plans sharp attack on working class

By Alex Lantier, 10 July 2013

The Egyptian military junta’s move to establish a dictatorship imposing austerity measures makes clear the counter-revolutionary character of last Wednesday’s coup.

Egyptian military massacres 51 in Cairo

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 9 July 2013

Yesterday’s massacre of pro-Islamist protesters in Cairo shatters all claims that the army is carrying out a new revolution in Egypt.

Mass protests, clashes continue as Egyptian army fails to name government

By Alex Lantier, 8 July 2013

Mass protests continue across Egypt in the wake of Wednesday’s US-backed military coup against Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Violent clashes spread in Egypt as US backs army coup

By Alex Lantier, 6 July 2013

An army crackdown on protests by supporters of President Mohamed Mursi, who was ousted Wednesday in a US-backed coup, threatens to plunge Egypt into civil war.

Convulsions in Egypt signal new era of world revolution

By David North and Alex Lantier, 5 July 2013

Political lessons must be drawn from this week’s convulsive events in Egypt.

Egyptian army coup topples Islamist President Mursi

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 4 July 2013

The ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, following four days of nationwide mass protests, has placed power in the hands of a military junta.

Egyptian President Mursi vows to stay in power despite mass protests

By Johannes Stern, 3 July 2013

Defying millions of protesters demanding his ouster, Mursi pledged to remain in office as Egypt’s president.

The Egyptian Revolution and the crisis of revolutionary leadership

By Johannes Stern, 2 July 2013

Masses of Egyptian workers and youth are once again taking to the streets, this time demanding the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Mass protests erupt against US-backed Mursi regime in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 1 July 2013

Millions of workers and youth poured into the country’s streets to demand the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi.

Military deploys throughout Egypt ahead of mass protests

By Johannes Stern, 28 June 2013

After a speech by Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, the Egyptian army has taken up positions throughout the country, moving tanks and soldiers to strategic locations.

Egypt: Supreme Constitutional Court invalidates Shura Council, Constituent Assembly

By Johannes Stern, 11 June 2013

Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court has ruled that the upper legislative house and the Constituent Assembly lack any legal foundation.

Leaked report reveals army torture, killings during the Egyptian Revolution

By Johannes Stern, 15 April 2013

A leaked report seen by the Guardian implicates the Egyptian military in detaining, torturing and killing scores of protesters during the first 18 days of the revolution.

Egyptian regime inflames sectarian violence

By Johannes Stern, 12 April 2013

The unpopular government of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi is seeking to channel rising popular discontent into reactionary, sectarian conflicts.

Mursi, army debate imposing martial law as strike wave shakes Egypt

By Thomas Gaist and Alex Lantier, 27 March 2013

In advance of a possible bread strike, as workers struggles spread throughout Egypt, Islamist President Mohamed Mursi is in talks with the army to impose martial law.

Deadly clashes erupt across Egypt after Port Said court verdict

By Johannes Stern, 11 March 2013

Popular anger against President Mohamed Mursi and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood is fueled by a ruling acquitting seven police officers.

Court suspends Egyptian parliamentary elections before explosive Port Said verdict

By Johannes Stern, 9 March 2013

Amid a deepening political crisis and in the run-up to the explosive Port Said verdict today, the Cairo Administrative Court has suspended Egypt’s elections.

Kerry pushes for new IMF deal in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 4 March 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry was in Cairo this weekend for talks with Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Mass strikes and protests shut down Port Said in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2013

Renewed strikes and protests have swept Egypt since January 25, the second anniversary of the outbreak of the Egyptian revolution that toppled long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak.

With death toll rising, Egypt’s opposition calls for talks with Mursi

By Bill Van Auken, 31 January 2013

With the death toll in Egypt’s protests having climbed to near 60, the head of the main bourgeois opposition coalition has called for talks with President Mursi.

Revolutionary Socialists offer their services to the Egyptian bourgeoisie

By Chris Marsden, 31 January 2013

With the eruption of the mass movements against Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the RS came forward as the chief advocate of a united movement of the Islamists and liberal bourgeois parties to block social revolution.

For workers’ power in Egypt!

By Johannes Stern and Joseph Kishore, 30 January 2013

As the second anniversary of the overthrow of dictator Hosni Mubarak approaches, the Egyptian working class is again being driven into revolutionary struggle.

Mursi declares state of emergency as protests escalate in Egypt

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 28 January 2013

President Mohamed Mursi declared a 30-day state of emergency in three cities Sunday, amid mass protests following the Egyptian revolution’s second anniversary.

Two years of the Egyptian Revolution

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2013

The working class must resolve the historic problems of political leadership and perspective which are posed by the Egyptian revolution.

Fatal accidents fuel discontent with Egyptian Islamist government

By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2013

Only days before the second anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution on January 25, protesters denounce Islamist President Mursi after a series of deadly accidents.

President Mursi, IMF prepare austerity policies in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 9 January 2013

After the passing of a new constitution, the Egyptian bourgeoisie is seeking to continue and intensify the attacks on the Egyptian working class.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood claims constitutional referendum victory amid mass abstention

By Johannes Stern, 24 December 2012

On Saturday, the final round of voting on Egypt’s draft constitution completed the referendum—a mockery of democratic process.

Egyptian constitutional referendum marked by low turnout, allegations of fraud

By Johannes Stern, 17 December 2012

On Saturday, the first round of voting on Egypt’s new Islamist and military-backed constitution took place in ten of the country’s 27 governorates.

Mass protests against referendum on new Egyptian constitution

By Chris Marsden, 12 December 2012

Over a hundred thousand people demonstrated in Cairo yesterday against a referendum scheduled for December 15 on an Islamist constitution that enshrines the authority of the military.

Mursi calls on military in Egypt crisis

By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2012

Army officers have been given the power to arrest civilians to maintain “public order.”