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Zimbabwe socialists convicted for watching a video of Arab Spring

Wednesday 21st March 2012

From Socialist Worker

The conviction of six socialists in Zimbabwe on trumped-up charges highlights the brutality of Robert Mugabe’s regime, writes Ken Olende

A magistrate in Zimbabwe convicted six socialists of “inciting public violence” on Monday. The six had watched a video of news footage from the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

Some 160 supporters in the public gallery showed their outrage. Riot police were positioned outside to control hundreds more demonstrating there. The verdict shocked protesters as the state’s case had looked as if it was collapsing due to lack of evidence.

One of the defendants, Munyaradzi Gwisai, said after the verdict, “The judiciary is being used by the regime to persecute and intimidate the opposition and civic society, to keep them confined by court cases that drag on, even if there is no case against them.”

Munyaradzi is general coordinator of the International Socialist Organisation (ISO), the Socialist Workers Party’s sister ...

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Greek Solidarity Statement

Wednesday 29th February 2012

1. Austerity now dominates the economic policies of the advanced capitalist world. In response to a global crisis precipitated by the speculative drive of the big banks, the Western ruling classes have chosen to shift the cost onto the backs of working people and the poor. Slashing public expenditure has trapped the world in slow growth. But it has also provided an opportunity to drive through more of the neoliberal ‘reforms’ that allowed the financial markets to escape control in the first place.

2. It is the unhappy fate of the Greece to be the main testing ground for these policies. The eurozone has just agreed a second ‘rescue’ package for Greece. This is a rescue of the mainly French and German banks that lent Greece the money that it now owes. This is made visible by the creation of an escrow account into which the new loans will be paid ...

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Greek Solidarity Statement in Danish

Wednesday 29th February 2012

Erklæring om solidaritet med grækerne


Følgende erklæring om solidaritet med almindelige mennesker i Grækenland blev udsendt den 29. februar 2012.

1. Nedskæringer dominerer nu de økonomiske politikker i den udviklede kapitalistiske verden. Som svar på en global krise, der blev fremskyndet af de store bankers spekulation, har de vestlige herskende klasser valgt at flytte omkostningerne over på ryggen af arbejdende mennesker og de fattige. Beskæringen af de offentlige udgifter har fanget verden i en fælde med langsom vækst. Men det har også givet mulighed for at presse flere af de nyliberale ’reformer’ igennem, der i det hele taget har gjort det muligt for de finansielle markeder at slippe for kontrol.

2. Det er Grækenlands ulykkelige skæbne at være det vigtigste forsøgsområde for disse politikker. Euro-zonen har netop vedtaget den anden ”redningspakke” til Grækenland. Dette er en redning af de hovedsageligt franske og tyske banker, der lånte Grækenland de penge, landet nu skylder. Dette ...

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