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Election result a colossal defeat for austerity government

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Snap election raises sectarian temperature    

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Counter protest against far-right

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Hundreds of thousands participate in International Women’s day student strike

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Political spectacle of the ruling class

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South Africa

Marikana massacre, the struggle continues

www.socialistworld.net, 22/08/2012
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“This is not our government”

Liv Shange, Democratic Socialist Movement (CWI in South Africa)

As we publish these reports from Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM - CWI in South Africa) activists on the ground, reports are coming in of a spreading of the miners’ struggle, with a dispute of similar characteristics and demands having broken out at Anglo Platinum mines, in the same area. Workers are in rebellion against the NUM representatives, and have set up committees to control the struggle from below. More reports and analysis to follow soon...

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At 7 AM on Monday August 20, 10 000 striking Lonmin workers and Marikana community members gathered for a mass meeting in the fields outside the hostels and slums where they live. Presided over by what remains, after Thursday’s shooting left 34 workers dead and 78 wounded and hospitalised, while 259 have been arrested (all according to police figures), of the strike committee, the mass discussed the meaning of the massacre, Lonmin’s refusal to negotiate, the media’s distortion of events, how to deal with strike breaking, and how to locate and bury the bodies of the dead. The company’s ultimatum to return to work the same day or face dismissal was furiously rejected.

Lonmin claimed on Tuesday that a third of its 28 000 workforce had gone back to work. Despite this the mood among the workers remains determined and defiant. Workers reported on Monday that those who were returning to work were taken back to the shafts forcefully by the police.

During the weekend, workers had withdrawn from the “mountain” where they had gathered up until then. The area was quiet and people appeared nervous and on guard. Police and mine security guards were posted at checkpoints all over the area, with heavy armoured vehicles, rifles and machine guns blocking access to the mine. A ministerial task team appointed to deal with the situation did not dare to set foot in Marikana as planned on Monday.

Julius Malema, the former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) who was recently expelled from the ANC, on the other hand, addressed a mass meeting on Saturday. His Friends of the Youth League-outfit has also arranged the lawyer representing the 259 workers who appeared in court on Monday, on a number of charges including murder and is threatening to sue the police officers involved in the shooting. He launched scathing attacks on President Zuma and the hated National Union of Mine workers (NUM) (where the leadership is part of the Zuma faction of the ANC). One of Lonmin’s major shareholders is Cyril Ramaphosa, the NUM-general-secretary-turned-capitalist and, incidentally, the head of the ANC’s disciplinary appeals committee who delivered the devastating expulsion ruling on Malema. Malema correctly pointed out that the massacre was government acting in defence of Ramaphosa’s profits and that the NUM had ceased to be a union and, through its investment arm, become “a company”. This message resonates deeply with workers who have experienced the counter-revolution within the former revolutionary NUM, and indeed ANC, which Malema unfortunately aims to re-enter at this stage rather than build a new workers’ force.

“This is not our government”, said women who on Saturday were protesting in search for their men who had been missing since Thursday.

In a matter of three minutes on Thursday afternoon the class character of the ANC government and the state machinery which the 3000 police stationed around Marikana are part of was exposed to millions. This may be a turning point in the class struggles in SA, which have been intensifying so that in the past three years each day has seen on average three mass protests.

The role of the media also stands mercilessly exposed to the workers at Marikana. The hail of false claims (e.g. the stories about workers being promised a 300% wage increase), omissions (e.g. how the violence was started), distortion by toning down (e.g the initial number of dead reported was 12) and exaggerating (e.g. how workers supposedly made outrageous demands and then attacked the police because they were “possessed” by a medicine man). The class hatred that has almost been dripping off the editorials in particular, have all been taken to heart. As a worker at Monday’s mass meeting said: “The same people who own Lonmin own the media.”

The class consciousness of the capitalist ruling class has also been sharpened, with the entire elite rallying behind the crushing of the workers’ uprising. Rattled, the bosses of the platinum and gold mining houses were in a meeting with Susan Shabangu on Saturday, apparently trying to figure out how to impose law and order without new embarrassments. Business Day, the most “serious” capitalist newspaper in SA, is hammering home the point that the capitalist ruling class and all its hangers-on must now rally behind the NUM – this message of course remains wrapped up in euphemisms, but is still a crystal-clear admission of the role this union plays as capital’s specialised HR department, and worse.

Taking note of the concerted capitalist offensive, Rustenburg mine workers are intensely aware of the need to unite and organise as workers. While before the strike there were still wide layers of workers who, though having seen the NUM for what it is were still reluctant to abandon it for the untested alternative AMCU (Association of Mine workers and Construction Union), the events of last week have definitely sealed the NUM’s fate.

“The most burning issue now is to carry through the complete transfer of the members in all shafts from NUM to AMCU”, said one of the workers, and to find the bodies of everyone who was killed and bury them.

While the Lonmin strike is not lead by AMCU, and scepticism over it has increased for many workers who feel it is not standing the test of the strike well, it is clear that many, many workers will now join AMCU. AMCU is a break-away from NUM that spent most of its twelve-year existence out of the spotlight, without expressing any difference with the Cosatu unions in principle. The ferment which met it on arrival on the Rustenburg mines a couple of years ago appears to have overwhelmed it. As workers marched out of NUM at Lonmin last year, and at Impala Platinum and Anglo Platinum earlier this year, the AMCU has established itself as the main alternative. Workers at Lonmin, like workers all over the Rustenburg mines, decided to secure maximum unity in action by forming a workers’ committee without links to either NUM or AMCU. The AMCU leaders’ main focus at the moment seems to be to wash their hands off the accusations of irresponsibility that are being poured over them by the ruling elite. What role it will play going forward will be determined by the extent to which workers can set it on a fighting, socialist programme.

The Democratic Socialist Movement (CWI in South Africa) calls for a local general strike in support of the Lonmin workers demand for a living wage of R12 500 per month, for the formation of a Rustenburg-wide workers and community forum comprised of delegates from all the mines and the surrounding working class communities and for a national and international day of action in protest against the massacre and in support of the workers’ demands.

Already strikes are underway at two other Rustenburg mines over similar demands. Lonmin workers report that the police stopped and turned away three buses loaded with workers from Anglo Platinum, the world’s largest platinum producer which was also recently rocked by a “wildcat” strike, that were headed for the Monday mass meeting to show solidarity, and that workers of various shafts around Rustenburg have taken solidarity action.

South Africa: Mine worker massacre: workers imprisoned at mine shaft over three days without charges

Reports of torture

On Saturday August 18, a group of about 100 women marched at the entrance of Lonmin’s nr. 1 shaft, demanding to go inside and see their men – brothers, husbands, fathers – whom they had not seen since the police attack on Thursday.

According to the police, 34 were shot dead on Thursday, 78 wounded and 259 detained. The women protesting in front of the blocked entrance say that many more are missing.

“I’m looking for my brother, said a young woman. I haven’t seen him since Thursday. I can’t sleep or eat.”

“I got an sms from my brother, said another young woman, he said that inside the shaft, they are forced to take off their clothes and the police pour burning water [chemicals] on their bodies, red and blue water. And they are beating them.”

The march, supported by comrades from the Democratic Socialist Movement (CWI in South Africa) branch in nearby Matebeleng and student leaders from the Tshwane University of Technology, proceeded to Lonmin’s Andrew Saffy Hospital, having been told that the information on who was being held by the police would be found there. At the hospital the demonstration was met by a locked gate, armed security guards and a Hippo (armoured vehicle). After about an hour’s heated protest and negotiations with the hospital management and the security guards, a small concession was won: the list of the hospitalised, dead and arrested was released. But most of the group were not interested in the list. “They haven’t put the real names”, said several of the women. “People are scared, and the list does not tell you anything.”

Others explained that the aim of the march had been solely to access the jailed workers, that they did not want to know at this stage who had been killed, that they were not ready for a situation where some among them would collapse and the protest would disintegrate. Darkness had fallen and the women agreed to meet up the following day.

On Sunday, at the funeral of one of the policemen who were killed during the clashes on August 13, SA’s newly appointed police commissioner Riah Phiyega said that the police should not be sorry, while the Lonmin management again presented the workers with an ultimatum to return to work or face dismissal. The 259 men, dressed in blood-stained clothes, some with make-shift bandages, appeared in court on Monday after being held for more than three days without charges. They were charged with murder, amongst other crimes, and kept in custody.



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Solidarity: #JobstownNotGuilty international day of action a huge success
28/03/2017, socialistworld.net :
Over 30 protests around the world and 88 MPs/MEPs pledge support

Russia/Belarus: A week-end of mass protests
27/03/2017, Socialist Alternative (CWI Russia) Reporters:
New spring of protest opens up, as 1,000s arrested

Hong Kong: Creeping “coup” by Chinese dictatorship
27/03/2017, Dikang, Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong) :
Defend the four Hong Kong legislators

Britain: Terror attack at Westminster
24/03/2017, Judy Beishon, from the Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales) website :
Unite against terror, racism and war

Belarus: Protesters flood onto streets demanding scrapping of “law against parasites”
21/03/2017, Daniil Raskolnikov (translation of article from the Russian CWI site www.socialist.news):
President Lukashenko must go!

Spain: Student strike empties classes and fills streets on 9 March
21/03/2017, Sindicato de Estudiantes (SE), Spanish Students' Union :
Over 100,000 take to the streets in SE demonstrations

Scotland: Second referendum on independence?
18/03/2017, Philip Stott, Socialist Party Scotland (CWI) :
SNP fire the starting gun but offer no solutions to austerity

South Africa: Unity against poverty, crime and xenophobia
17/03/2017, Shaun Arendse, Workers and Socialist Party (CWI South Africa):
Capitalist politicians use xenophobia to divert attention from failures of profit system

International Women’s Day: March in Malaysia and week of activity in Belgium
16/03/2017, socialistworld.net :
Reports from Kuala Lumpur and Brussels

Netherlands: Election result a colossal defeat for austerity government
16/03/2017, Pieter Brans, Socialist Alternative (CWI in Netherlands), Amsterdam:
Oppose Wilders and the ‘mainstream’ right – Build a mass workers’ party that struggles for socialism

Russian Revolution: March 1917 - After the fall of Czarism, what next for the revolution?
16/03/2017, socialistworld.net:
New article on 1917revolution.org

Hong Kong: Protest against LSG Sky Chefs dismissal of union chairman
14/03/2017, Sally Tang Mei-ching, Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong) :
Ng Chi-Fai sacked for organising union by multinational’s Hong Kong division – international solidarity needed

Quebec: Counter protest against far-right
13/03/2017, Michele Hehn, Alternative Socialiste (CWI in Quebec) :
Rise of Islamophobia and right-wing reaction poses new challenges to the left

International Women's Day: Speech by Kshama Sawant
12/03/2017, Socialistworld.net :
Video of 8 March rally in Seattle

International Women’s Day: Millions join marches and take action
10/03/2017, Clare Doyle, CWI:
Socialists around the world demand an end to women’s oppression

Hong Kong: Women’s march against sexism and racism
09/03/2017, Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong) reporters:
International Women’s Day: “Solidarity with global mass protests and women’s strikes”

Spain: Hundreds of thousands participate in International Women’s day student strike
08/03/2017, Sindicato de Estudiantes, students’ union in the Spanish state :
‘Libres y Combativas’ and Sindicato de Estudiantes call strike against sexist violence and for working class women's rights

Pakistan: Political spectacle of the ruling class
08/03/2017, Tariq Shahzad, National Organiser of IYWM (International Youth and Workers Movement) :
Most workers underemployed, 40% in poverty - situation demands new workers’ party

Britain: Massive demo shows battle to save the NHS can be won
06/03/2017, Hannah Sell, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) deputy general secretary :
Up to 250,000 march in national protest, organised from below

Egypt: Price hikes hit workers and middle classes
04/03/2017, David Johnson, Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales) :
Falling support for dictator Sisi portends growing opposition

Hong Kong’s sham election
03/03/2017, Dikang, Socialist Action:
Pan-democrats sink to new low by supporting “lesser evil” John Tsang

US: Socialist response to Trump’s address to joint session of congress
02/03/2017, socialistworld.net:
Kshama Sawant, Socialist Alternative councillor, speaks

Catalonia: Historic demonstration in Barcelona in support of refugees
25/02/2017, Esquerra Revolucionària :
'Volem acollir'

Sweden: “Who could believe it?"

24/02/2017, Per-Åke Westerlund, Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI Sweden):
What is behind Trump's attack?

Britain/Ireland: Dublin's #JobstownNotGuilty
23/02/2017, Neil Cafferky, from The Socialist (weekly paper of the Socialist Party, England & Wales):
Defend the right to protest - stop this political vendetta!

CWI Comment and Analysis

ANALYSIS

Italy: Democratic Party splits and 5-Star Movement in crisis
22/03/2017, Marco Veruggio, ControCorrrente, (CWI in Italy) :
Class struggle can build real left force

Brazil: National day of strikes and protests shows Temer can be beaten


17/03/2017, André Ferrari LSR (CWI in Brazil) :
For a one-day general strike as the next step

Yemen: Workers and their families left to starve by multi-billionaire companies
16/03/2017, Cedric Gerome, CWI :
International campaign needed to force companies to pay

Ireland North: Snap election raises sectarian temperature    
14/03/2017, Daniel Waldron, Socialist Party (CWI Ireland), Belfast :
Workers need strong socialist alternative at ballot box and in unions

International Women’s Day 2017: A century on from the Russian Revolution
06/03/2017, Clare Doyle, CWI :
Demonstrations world-wide swelled by anti-Trump anger

February revolution 1917: What lessons for today?
21/02/2017, Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales), printed in the Socialist (paper of the Socialist Party):
23 February 1917 (8 March in today’s calendar) marked the beginning of the socialist revolution in Russia, which sparked a revolutionary wave that would travel around the world.

India: Upheaval in Tamil Nadu
09/02/2017, Sajith Attepuram, New Socialist Alternative (NSA) (CWI India) :
Corruption, nepotism, and other crimes of ruling party exposed

Britain: Universal basic income demand gains ground
08/02/2017, Judy Beishon, from The Socialist (weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party – CWI England & Wales) :
What approach should socialists take?

CWI and Izquierda Revolucionaria – Towards unification
06/02/2017, Socialistworld.net :
Joint declaration of the CWI’s IEC and Izquierda Revolucionaria’s IEC

France: After Sarkozy, Juppé and Valls, now Fillon is on the way out
06/02/2017, Alex Rouillard, Gauche Révolutionnaire (CWI in France) :
Space opening up to left of Socialist Party

Syria: Is an end to the war in sight?
03/02/2017, Serge Jordan (CWI) :
New movements for change will need to arm themselves with the lessons of the Syrian tragedy

Sri Lanka: The year 2017
31/01/2017, Siritunga Jayasuriya, United Socialist Party (CWI in Sri Lanka) :
Between oppression and struggle

Canada: Where are Trudeau’s ‘Sunny Ways’?
31/01/2017, Tim Heffernan, Socialist Alternative (CWI Canada), Toronto

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Battles of Indigenous peoples, youth, workers will test Liberal government

Russian Revolution Centenary: January 1917 - On the eve of revolution
29/01/2017, Niall Mulholland, from 1917revolution.org :
War, hunger, hated Tsarist regime: class tensions reach breaking point

Afghanistan: The limits of US power
28/01/2017, Judy Beishon, from Socialism Today (February 2017 issue), monthly magazine of the Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales)<br />
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Imperialism’s 15-year adventure a bloody catastrophe for millions

US: Build 100 days of resistance to Trump’s agenda!
27/01/2017, Bryan Koulouris, Socialist Alternative, US :
Establishment deeply divided as mass resistance explodes

Millions on women's marches around the world
25/01/2017, Editorial from the Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) and reports from US marches :
Reports from mass women's marches against Trump

China: New US President’s approach to China
21/01/2017, Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info :
Outbursts raise fears of confrontation

Ireland North: Snap elections called to Stormont Assembly
17/01/2017, Daniel Waldron, Socialist Party (CWI Ireland), Belfast :
Build a socialist alternative to the ‘Orange’ versus ‘Green’ headcount

Spain: What kind of Podemos do workers and youth need?
17/01/2017, Izquierda Revolucionaria, Spanish state, editorial :
Debate within leadership touches on fundamental issues for future of party

US: Trump prepares vicious attacks
05/01/2017, Philip Locker and Tom Crean, Socialist Alternative (US):
Mass resistance needed!

Russian Revolution centenary
02/01/2017, Editorial from Socialism Today, Dec/Jan 2017 edition:
Defending the legacy in a new era

2017:Upheaval and fightback will continue
01/01/2017, Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) general secretary :
Everything to play for in 2017

Britain's shifting political contours
22/12/2016, Hannah Sell, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) from Socialism Today Dec/Jan 2017 edition :
Capitalist establishment in disarray

CWI International Executive Committee: European capitalism “battered by events”
16/12/2016, Kevin Henry, Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) :
Report of discussion on Europe at CWI IEC meeting in November