Kamal Khalil

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Kamal Khalil
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Kamal Khalil addressing a crowd in the Tahrir Square
Nationality Egyptian
Political party
Revolutionary Socialists,
United Revolutionary Front[1]
Workers and Peasants Party[1]
Children Omnia Khalil

Kamal Khalil (Arabic: كمال خليل‎, IPA: [kæˈmæːl xæˈliːl]) is an Egyptian engineer and labour activist. He is a leading member of the Revolutionary Socialists,[2] a representative of the Workers Democratic Party[3] and the founder[4] and director of the Center for Socialist Studies in Cairo.[5] He is a critic of the social democrats, youth parties and the Muslim Brotherhood in the post-Mubarak Egypt.[6] He advocates more workers' unity, particularly in regions such as El-Mahalla El-Kubra, which has in the past been a center of industrial struggle by textile workers.[7] Khalil has said Egypt's workers must create independent trade unions and a political party to represent them: "No party will represent the workers other than the workers' party itself."[8] Prior to the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, Khalil had been arrested many times. In 2003, he was arrested by the State Security Investigations Service (SSI) and placed in solitary confinement for his role in the anti-war movement, causing the Stop the War Coalition in Britain to demonstrate outside the Egyptian Embassy in London.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Revolutionary and leftist parties protest Constituent Assembly". Egypt Independent. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  2. ^ "Labor activists organize despite legal hurdles". Al-Masry Al-Youm. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Fight for factories: Egypt’s textile workers challenge privatization". Bikya Masr. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Preempting activism". Al-Ahram. 27 February 2003. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Abdel Quddos and Kamal Khalil". 3arabawy. 4 April 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Empowering Egypt's workers revolution". Al Jazeera. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Textile workers unite to push through Shebin El-Kom demands". Ahram Online. 6 April 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Egypt's Workers Keep the Revolution Alive". MR Zine. May 2, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2011.