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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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Беларусь и борьба с режимом Александра Лукашенко.

Monday 31st August 2020

В Беларуси развернулось массовое движение забастовок и протестов, организованных против коррумпированного авторитарного правления Александра Лукашенко. Сотни тысяч людей вышли на улицы. Забастовки происходят на предприятиях обрабатывающей промышленности, в энергетике, металлургии, горнодобывающей промышленности, нефтехимии, средствах массовой информации и в других отраслях. Лукашенко и его союзники ответили репрессиями, развязав государственные силы для нападения на протесты и арестовав лидеров забастовок, что еще больше радикализировало и расширило движение.

Мы солидарны с борьбой в Беларуси. Это часть новой волны протестов, охватывающей также Ливан, Боливию, Мали и Таиланд, требующих политических и социальных перемен. Это следует за волной восстаний 2019 года, прерванной пандемией коронавируса, но теперь вновь возникающей, во многих случаях углубленной последствиями пандемии и связанным с ней экономическим коллапсом.
Движение в Беларуси сравнивают с так называемыми “цветными революциями” в Украине, Грузии или Киргизии, или с «Евромайданом» в Украине. Однако при этом игнорируется специфический контекст Беларуского восстания. В отличие от России и многих бывших советских республик, ...

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Belarus and the struggle against Lukashenko

Wednesday 26th August 2020

A mass movement of strikes and protests has developed in Belarus, protesting the corrupt authoritarian rule of Aleksander Lukashenko. Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets. There are strikes in manufacturing plants, the energy sector, steel works, mining, petrochemicals, the media and other sectors. Lukashenko and his allies have responded with repression, unleashing state forces to attack protests and arresting strike leaders, which has further radicalised and broadened the movement.

We stand in solidarity with the struggle in Belarus. It is part of a new wave of protests—also encompassing Lebanon, Bolivia, Mali and Thailand—demanding political and social change. This follows a wave of revolts in 2019 that was interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic, but which is now re-emerging, in many cases deepened by the impact of the pandemic and the associated economic collapse.

The movement in Belarus has been compared to the so-called “Colour Revolutions” in Ukraine, Georgia ...

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IST statement on coronavirus pandemic

Wednesday 1st April 2020

1. The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic is generally presented as a “natural disaster”, an “external shock” to the normal functioning of the capitalist system. But this is quite untrue. There have been various novel coronavirus and influenza outbreaks (SARS, MERS, H5N1): epidemiologists warned posed the threat of a global pandemic.. The conditions for these outbreaks have been created, as the work of Marxist biologists such as Rob Wallace have shown, by the spread of intensive factory farming and the penetration by the market and capital of remote areas where new viruses develop among wild animal and bird populations.¹ It is a good example of what Marx called the “irreparable rift in the interdependent process between social metabolism and natural metabolism” created by capitalist agriculture – and, more broadly, of the destruction of nature driving climate change. This is a thoroughly capitalist pandemic that, if not combated, would take ...

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No to war and imperialism: The refugees are our brothers and sisters!

Monday 2nd March 2020

The refugees are being made to pay the price for the war in the Middle East. While the governments of Turkey and Greece are trying to benefit from the conflict between the imperialist blocks, they are both doing their best to get rid of the refugees within their borders and to block the entry of people fleeing the horrors of war.

Facing the Russian armed forces and the Assad regime in Idlib, Turkey declared that it would no longer prevent refugees from crossing the border into Europe. Upon hearing this, tens of thousands of refugees, sick and tired of the poverty, exploitation and racism they have been suffering in Turkey, began to make their way to the West in order to cross by sea or by land.

While thousands of refugees remain stuck along the Turkish border, the Greek security forces, in co-operation with the European Border and Coast ...

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