Socialism From Below

The International Socialist Tendency (IST) is a current of revolutionary socialist organisations, based in different countries, which share a political outlook and seek to help each other by exchanging experience and practical support.

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Who are the Thai anti-government protesters and what do they stand for?

Wednesday 27th November 2013

Thousands of crazed middle-class royalists, led by the notorious blood-stained Democrat Party have been demonstrating in an attempt to get rid of the Government and all of former Prime Minister Taksin’s influence in politics. They hope the military will help them do this. They have been occupying government buildings and blocking roads.

These are the people who called for and supported the 2006 military coup. In those days they were “Yellow Shirts” and they rejected repeated election results which gave huge majorities to the Thai Rak Thai Party headed by Taksin Shinawat. They claimed then, and still claim, that the majority of Thais are “too stupid and uneducated” to deserve the right to vote. They want the military or the king to intervene in politics. They defend having appointed senators. In 2008, after the Democrat Party lost yet another democratic election, they occupied the international airports and trashed ...

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Solidarity with Greek socialist newspaper prosecuted by adviser to Golden Dawn MP

Friday 1st November 2013

The weekly paper Workers’ Solidarity faces prosecution in court on 12 December as a result of its antiracist and antifascist stand. Katerina Thoidou, journalist, Tasos Anastasiades, publisher, and Panos Garganas, editor, are to stand trial accused of “defamation” by a lawyer, Ioannis Andriopoulos who is a salaried assistant to a Golden Dawn member of parliament.

At a time when the criminal activities of the neonazis of Golden Dawn are under official investigation, it is an outrage that antifascists should be taken to court. This court case should have been dismissed and an investigation opened on the connections of Andriopoulos with the neonazi murderers.

We denounce the ongoing attempts to target the left through the “theory of two extremes”. This is the context of this trial.

We call on all organizations of the labour and popular movements as well as democratic public opinion to declare their solidarity for the three accused ...

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