IN LATE March this year the sixth Cairo Conference was held. Hundreds of representatives from opposition parties and organisations including the Muslim Brotherhood attended as well as international participants.

The conference resolved to continue to campaign for democracy and against the regime of US-backed president Mubarak.

A focus of the conference was solidarity with the Palestinians and demanding the release of political prisoners held by the regime (who included some of the organisers of last year’s conference).

Resolutions adopted at the workers’ forum of the conference called on participants to “build a unified and strong working class movement” and for “building links of solidarity between the workers movement in Egypt and worldwide” and for the “right of the working class to organise in free and fair independent trade unions.”

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