France: yellow vests but no red flag

By Marc Lassalle PARIS - WE ARE witnessing another of France’s powerful social movements. This time it is directed against the increasingly unpopular President Emmanuel Macron and his supposed eco-tax on petroleum products, which has seen the price of diesel jump 16 per cent in the last eight months. On November 17, more than 2,000 … Continue reading France: yellow vests but no red flag

France: The working class strikes back

By Marc Lassalle - PARIS WITH a successful day of action on October 9, the major trade unions, CGT, FO, Solidaires, FSU, which organise the most combative sectors of the French working class, have shown that they are still a force to be reckoned with. In Paris, the demonstration was tens of thousands strong, with … Continue reading France: The working class strikes back

Germany: 250,000 march against racism

By Tobi Hansen, Gruppe ArbeiterInnenmacht SATURDAY'S "Indivisible" demonstrations in Berlin, Frankfurt and Karlsruhe brought hundreds of thousands out against racism and in solidarity with the refugees and immigrants who are its targets. There were very nearly a quarter of a million on the streets of Berlin alone. With their admittedly rather broad and vague calls … Continue reading Germany: 250,000 march against racism

Russia: Protests against pension reform show potential for resistance

By Svenja Spunck IN June, the Russian government announced a far-reaching pension "reform". The main change is to raise the retirement age for women from 55 to 63 and for men from 60 to 65. What may sound to people in Germany like whingeing actually means working to the death in Russia, because average life … Continue reading Russia: Protests against pension reform show potential for resistance

Germany: far-right riots in Chemnitz show need for new approach

By Svenja Spunck AROUND 5000 right-wingers rampaged through Chemnitz on Monday, August 27. The march was organised by Nazis and extreme nationalist groups and, coming just a day after a riot by a mob of more than 800 violent neo-Nazis, is a shocking warning signal. They marched through Chemnitz city centre without any challenge from … Continue reading Germany: far-right riots in Chemnitz show need for new approach

Germany: Right-wing riots in Chemnitz – how can they be stopped?

By Svenja Spunck ABOUT 5000 right-wingers rampaged through Chemnitz on Monday, August 27. The march was organised by Nazis and extreme nationalist groups and, coming just a day after a riot by a mob of more than 800 violent neo-Nazis, is a shocking warning signal. They marched through Chemnitz city centre without any challenge from … Continue reading Germany: Right-wing riots in Chemnitz – how can they be stopped?