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Turkey – democracy denied but not yet lost

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.

LONDON CONFERENCE “VENEZUELA UNDER ATTACK” – EUROPEAN NETWORK OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION

BOLIVAR HALL, 54 GRAFTON WAY, LONDON W1T 5DL

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

8:00   REGISTRATION

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.

CONFERENCE THEMES:

  • 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.

Sat 23 Feb: No War on Venezuela – Stop Trump’s Gold & Oil Grab

Join Tariq Ali & other special guests at this protest against Trump’s threats of war on Venezuela – come & loudly say #NoBloodForOil !

Called by Venezuela Solidarity Campaign – Supported by Stop the War Coalition.

This is part of an international series of events against war on Venezuela. VSC is calling this protest at the Bank of England as the Bank is holding $1.3 billion worth of Venezuelan gold (31 tonnes) and is refusing to release it to Venezuela.

Join the protests in solidarity with Sudan uprising, 9 February

Sudanese activists will be organising protests in Liverpool and London on 9 February, as trade unionists across the country are moblising in solidarity with their demands for democratic change and social justice. Sudanese refugees in Liverpool will gather at Lime Street station at 1pm, while Sudanese activists will also gather in Trafalgar Square in London at 2pm the same day. The demonstrations, which bring together activists from different areas in Sudan, and UK-based members of the Sudanese trade unionists and political organisations, follow several weeks of protests in cities around the UK.

UK trade unions are mobilising in support of the uprising in Sudan, and to demand an end to UK arms sales and diplomatic backing for Omar El Bashir’s brutal regime which has thrown thousands in jail during the last few weeks, and killed dozens of demonstrators.

Liverpool TUC, Liverpool University UCU and Stockport NEU have all passed motions raising these demands, and other branches will be considering similar motions in the coming weeks. A statement for trade unionists to sign has been launched by MENA Solidarity which has attracted support from leading activists in UCU, NEU and UNISON.

What you can do:

  • Join the protests in Liverpool and London on 9 February. Meet 1pm at Lime Street Station in Liverpool, 2pm in Trafalgar Square in London (in front of the National Gallery)
  • Sign the petition to the UK parliament calling on the government to condemn the repression of the uprising: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/236102   
  • Sign the solidarity statement here
  • Pass a resolution in solidarity with the movement in Sudan in your trade union branch or student union. Download a model motion here [sudan_solidarity_modelmotion]  [Liverpool motion]
  • Call on your MP to show their support for the protesters’ demands for democratic change in Sudan.
  • Take a picture in solidarity with the Sudanese uprising using this sign [sudan_solidarity_poster] and share on social media using the hashtag #تسقط_بسPlease mention @MENAsolidarity so we can share further. Follow reports from Sudan on #SudanUprising and #SudanProtests.
  • Read more on the background to the uprising here

Rally for Palestine: Exist! Resist! Return!

Take to the streets on 30th March to demand freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people:

Since the election of Donald Trump the collective rights of the Palestinian people have come under intensifying attacks. Israel has further entrenched its system of oppression; passing a racist nation state law, maintaining its crippling siege on Gaza, and continuing to rapidly expand illegal settlements in defiance of international law. Israel also killed more than 200 unarmed demonstrators during the ongoing Great Return March, and injured more Palestinians in 2018 than during the entire war on Gaza in 2014. Meanwhile, Trump’s cuts to UNRWA funding are part of a wider attempt to redefine the refugee status of millions of displaced Palestinians and erase their fundamental Right of Return.

So the Palestinian people need our solidarity more than ever, and are calling for global protests to protect their rights. As Israel continues to flout international law and violate human rights, there is a responsibility on the global community to hold it to account and push for an end to the oppression of the Palestinian people.

March 30th is Palestinian Land Day – when Palestinians across the world remember the unarmed protesters killed by Israel in 1976 during demonstrations about Israel’s theft of Palestinian land. This year, March 30th also marks the the 1st anniversary of the start of the Great Return March. These ongoing protests, taking place every single Friday, have seen thousands of Palestinians fighting for their right of return to their villages and homes from which they were forcibly removed. Many have been irreversibly injured and even killed for doing so.

The Palestinian people refuse to give up their struggle for justice. It is our task to draw inspiration from their endurance and answer their call for international solidarity.

So join us on March 30th to show support for the Palestinian struggle, and to rally for Palestinians’ fundamental rights to EXIST, RESIST & RETURN!

Trump, The Special Relationship & War in the Middle East

As well as the current shifting sands of Trump’s Middle East policy, the scrapping of the INF treaty will also undoubtedly be high on the agenda at our upcoming public meeting on 16th February, as will the attempted coup in Venezuela. In light of these recent events this is a hugely important meeting at a time when these monumental issues are being masked by the ongoing Brexit wrangling.

Stop the War stalwarts Lindsey German and Tariq Ali will be joined by the excellent campaigning MP for Brighton Kemptown, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, and author and Oxford University Professor, Karma Nabulsi.

Get your ticket here!

Korea: Stop the Outsourcing of Danger – Justice for Kim Yong-gyun!

Kim Yong-gyun, a 24-year-old subcontracted worker was killed after getting stuck in a coal conveyer belt at the Taean Power Plant. Kim was working alone in the dark, doing extremely dangerous work. According to the occupational health and safety rules in the manual, Kim should have been working in a team of two. Excessive cost-cutting following the outsourcing of power plant fuel operations and maintenance means that this work is now done alone. This shocking event has sparked a national movement in Korea against the ‘outsourcing of danger’ endemic in the power plant industry and throughout the Korean economy. The KPTU President and 5 other coalition leaders have been on an unlimited hunger-strike since 22 January, calling for an investigation into the incident and punishment for those responsible. PSI and KPTU have launched a campaign calling on the government to carry out an investigation, make the necessary safety improvements in the power plant industry and carry out the insourcing and direct permanent employment for subcontracted workers in the industry.

Sign here.

 

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