Archive for 'Demonstrations'
A Wave of Strikes Shake Brazil
It is time for strikes. After the huge mobilizations last June, primarily the youth, now it is the working class and they are shaking Brazilian cities.
It is time for students, staff and the public to reclaim our Universities from the snake oil sales men and women of neoliberalism. Occupy our Universities. Close them down to win a new era in higher education.
Workers are angry and looking for a lead. Socialist Alternative at the moment is much too small to give the call for action, but our unions are not. The all union members meeting on Tuesday of the Victorian Trades Hall Council has the potential to refocus the anger in the hands of rank and file union members and to mobilise workers as workers against the attacks on them and the poor. That is where the power to beat the Budget lies.
Stop work to stop the bosses’ Budget.
The fact that over 100000 people turned out across Australia to demonstrate against this Government should give us hope that we can continue the fight and build a mass movement against Abbott and neoliberalism. Let’s try anyway and see what happens.
Close down these detention centre concentration camps. Bring the asylum seekers from Indonesia and Malaysia to Australia for processing while they live in the community. Hope, not fear. Love, not hate. Refugees, not racists.
To see that happen will require a Herculean effort on our part since the Abbott government has gone murderously on the attack against refugees. We must therefore fight back strongly in their defence. The first steps to do that are demonstrations in Sydney and Melbourne. Others will be announced soon and posted when I have details. Join us in the fight to defend refugees and by extension all those who will come under attack from this rotten viciously ruling class government.
Australian Prime Minister Rudd thought that support for refugees was so weak that he could get away with implementing this murderous new policy with no opposition. The passionate response by thousands of people, not just in Melbourne but across the country, indicates that it doesn’t have to be this way. The road ahead, under Abbott or Rudd, will be long and bitter. But the uplifting protests of the last few weeks should galvanise every supporter of refugees to get onto the streets and join the struggle.
On the back of the largest protests for refugee rights in years, more upcoming rallies have been called for the coming week! Share this list around and help build resistance to the disgraceful policies of the major parties!
We have a responsibility to see that Wilders’ racist and extreme right wing views do not pass unchallenged. Public protests make it clear that anti-racists will have our views heard. We ask all anti-racists to support and attend protests wherever he is organised to appear. He is speaking at the Roma Function Centre, 167 Northumberland St, Liverpool at 7 pm tonight (Friday 22 February). The protest against this racist is there from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Visiting far right politician Geert Wilders has been met with lively protests at his first speaking engagement in Australia writes Louise O’Shea in Socialist Alternative. Over 100 people gathered in a far outer suburb of Melbourne to picket his meeting and protest his message of hate. Protesting has helped relegate Wilders to the speaking tour wilderness, so let there be more of it. It is a victory for Muslims and anti-racists everywhere.
There has been almost no discussion of the context for these protests – decades of U.S. imperialist intervention in the Muslim region. In reality, the film has become a symbol of the contempt with which the U.S. government holds the people of the Middle East and North Africa.