Protests and strikes demanding the new ‘transitional’ president Abdelkader Bensalah follow Bouteflika out of office are gathering pace across Algeria. On the railways, in the ports, government offices, schools, universities and across large swathes of manufacturing, workers are walking out or going into occupation in solidarity with the continuing demonstrations in major cities demanding that all the key figures associated with the old regime step down.
But the regime is fighting back: police attacked a major student protest outside the Post Office in the capital Algiers on 9 April. Trade union federation COSYFOP condemned the attack on student protesters by security forces and urged workers to join the general strike planned for 10 April: “The strike continues, and we will escalate our action until we win freedom,” the federation said in a statement on Facebook.
Thousands of demonstrators were met again with police water cannons and tear gas on 10 April, but news reports showed large crowds continuing to rally despite the efforts of police to smash the protests. Thousands could also be seen in reports from social media marching in other major cities including Tizi Ouzou, Bouira, Tiaret, Annaba, Blida, Batna, and Tlemcen. School and university students are leading many of the demonstrations, alongside their teachers who have been at the forefront of strike action in recent years.
What you can do:
- Send a message of solidarity to trade unions and student unions in Algeria – email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass it on or let you know where to send direct
- Download a copy of our briefing on teachers’ struggles with a model motion: [Teachers_MENA_2019]
Thursday 28 March 2019
Brazil: Stand with the resistance against far-right Bolsonaro
by Brazil Solidarity Initiative
18:30 – 20:30
Hamilton House, 4 Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BB
Opposing Bolsonaro’s attacks on human rights — Free Lula – Remembering Marielle Franco.
With: Julia Felmanas, PT nucleo in Londres, for a special eye-witness report back from Brazil
Danielle Rowley MP
Christine Blower, former NUT General Secretary
Kate Hudson, CND
Chair: Claudia Webbe, Labour NEC
writes Barry White
With democracy teetering on the edge and the country accelerating towards dictatorship under the autocratic rule of President Recep Tayip Erdogan, last Saturday’s 3rd annual Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT) conference in London brought together some 200 people. The purpose was to hear eye witness reports from Turkey and the Kurdish community and to plan future solidarity action aimed at calling to account the Turkish government and to challenge the complicity of European governments in their support for the Erdogan regime.
Opening the Conference, Christine Blower reported on the current political situation. The state of emergency introduced following the reckless and bloody July 2016 coup had been incorporated into law and an executive presidency had been firmly established, sidestepping parliament. She referred to the recent solidarity action by the NUJ in condemning the imprisonment of Ayse Duzan and four other journalists for just doing their jobs and to the solidarity message to the conference from the French journalist union SNJ-CGT. She also paid tribute to Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn for his message of support to the conference and long standing solidarity with those resisting oppression in Turkey. Read more.
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Telephone: 0207 3885788
FRIDAY 8th MARCH 2019:
19:30 – 21:00 Screening of the documentary “A letter from Venezuela” by Carolina Graterol and Alan Gignoux at the Bolívar Hall.
SATURDAY 09th MARCH 2019 8:00 – 20:00
9:00 – 11:00. CONFERENCE: VENEZUELA UNDER ATTACK. SPEAKERS:
- EP JAVIER COUSO
- DRA. PASQUALINA CURCIO
- DRA MARIA ALEJANDRA DIAZ
- DR. RODULFO PEREZ HERNANDEZ
- ECON. OSCAR FORERO
- MR JORGE MARTIN (HOV)
- MR GUSTAVO BORGES (MISION VERDAD-VENEZUELA)
- MR FRANCO VIELMA (MISION VERDAD-VENEZUELA)
11:00 – 11:15 COFFEE BREAK
11:15 – 12:15 SESSION OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
12:15 – 13:00 LUNCH
13:00 – 16:30 WORK TABLE
16:30 – 17:00 PLENARY PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF CONCLUSIONS FROM WORK TABLES
17:00 – 17:30 LIGHT SNACK
17:30 – 17:45 LECTURE OF FINAL DOCUMENT FROM WORK TABLES
17:45 – 20:00 MUSIC CONCERT
NOTE: SOME SPEAKERS ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF BEING CONFIRMED. ALTERNATIVELY, ITS REMOTE PARTICIPATION IS PROPOSED THROUGH A VIDEO CONFERENCE OR TELEPHONE INTERVIEW INSTEAD.
- Chavez and his Legacy
- Asphyxiation of the Venezuelan Economy
- The labelling of Venezuela as a Failed State
WORK TABLES THEMES:
Table 1: Coordination and articulation of the Network
- Ideas on mechanisms of agreements and decisions
- How to achieve effective operation in each city or Country
- Security and counterinformation
- Conflicts resolution
Table 2: Base on the information of the Network
- Generation of relevant content
- Data Verification
- Effective Diagramming
- Preferred methods of dissemination of information
Table 3: Increase power of influence of the Network
- Create foci of influence in diverse communities in each city
- Training of effective spokesmen
- Ideas on how to attract followers. How to talk outside the group of convinced
- How to influence the members of Parliament, Trade Unions, political parties and influence groups.