"The sad statistics about African economic performance have become so
familiar as almost to lose their ability to shock: that, for example,
more than half the population lives on less than $1 a day, 250 million
people have no drinking water, and two-thirds of the world’s cases of
Aids are in southern Africa.
Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in Seville last Saturday in a
massive anti-capitalist protest. The government and the police
desperately tried to play down the turnout. The local police claimed up
to 60,000 took part, and the government said 17,000.
Public bus transport throughout Austria is at a standstill today
(25/06/02) as 3,000 drivers take strike action for 48 hours. The strike
is in protest at an attempt by the right wing government to sell off 30%
of the state owned bus firm. The union says that ‘part privatisation’
will destroy 1,000 out of...
The EU-summit in Seville was confronted with a very big anti-capitalist
demonstration on the evening of Saturday June 22. There were hundreds of
thousands demonstrators, probably around 300.000! The demonstration
remained peaceful and was very radical. There was a very political mood
in opposition to the rightwing...
Belgian CWI member, Els Deschoemacker, who took part in the general
strike demonstrations in Seville yesterday spoke to Geert Cool: "The
demonstrations yesterday were massive. Estimations say there were
200,000 in Seville. In Barcelona it was been between 500,000 and 600,000
and in Madrid there were another...
20 June 2002 - Today’s 24-hour general strike in protest at the Aznar
government’s decision to cut unemployment benefits has ground much of
Spain to a halt. BBC World Service comments, "The strike got under way
at midnight (2200 GMT) and the two main unions, each with a million
members, are expecting a...
Results from last week’s parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic
show that the social democrats (CSSD) won with 30.4%, followed by the
communist party (KSCM) (18.8%), which is the highest vote for the KSCM
since the collapse of Stalinism in 1989.
THOUSANDS OF building workers downed tools and walked off sites
throughout Germany to demand a 4.5% pay rise. The strikers are also
demanding a rise in the minimum pay rate for workers in the former