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The Second Egyptian Revolution: Statement of the International Marxist Tendency (IMT)

Morsi has fallen. The magnificent movement of the masses has once more shown to the entire world the authentic face of the Egyptian people. It shows that the revolution, which many even on the left believed to have stalled, still possesses immense social reserves. Despite all the lying propaganda that tries to present the revolution as a “coup”, this was a genuine popular insurrection, which spread like wildfire through every city and town in Egypt.  This was the Second Egyptian Revolution.

Mass protests in Brazil: Which way forward for the movement?

brazil protests june2013What started as a small demonstration against an increase of 20 cents (barely CAD 9¢) in the price of public transport fares in São Paulo, has become a national mass movement which has mobilized more than a million people in 80 cities. The movement, however, also has a contradictory character. There have also been ugly scenes in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and other main cities. Organized right-wing and extreme right-wing groups resorted to violence to expel left-wing parties, trade unions, social movements, and generally anyone carrying red flags, t-shirts, or symbols from the demonstration. The mobilization of the mighty power of the Brazilian working class is needed to make sure that the most pressing demands of the workers and youth are met.

 

Brazil: The harbinger of a new situation

brazil transit fare protestsBrazil is currently experiencing the largest demonstrations seen in the country in over 20 years. The protests were sparked by an increase in the cost of public transport, but under the conditions of police brutality and the ever increasing cost of staging major sporting events, that spark was enough to set alight the contradictions that have been building up in the form of poor healthcare, poor education, and rampant corruption. With the tentacles of capitalist crisis beginning to reach Brazil, many of the workers and youth in the country are frustrated with the current system and have taken to the streets to demand change.

 

Support the revolutionary workers and youth of Turkey! Down with Erdogan and his gang of thieves!

turkey mass movementThe magnificent movement of the workers and youth of Turkey is an inspiration to the whole world. What began as a peaceful protest against the cutting down of trees in a park to pave the way for the construction of a shopping mall has turned into a tidal wave of mass protests against the vicious and reactionary Erdogan regime, which has acquired insurrectionary dimensions. The courage and determination shown by ordinary people in Turkey has proved yet again that there is a power in society that is far stronger than any state, army, government or police force. That is the power of the masses; once they are mobilized to fight for a change in society, no force on earth can resist them.

 

Mass movement against government reveals contradictions in Turkish society

turkey protests 2013What started as a small scale protest against the destruction of Gezi Park that stands next to Taksim Square in Istanbul has now developed into a nationwide movement demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Erdogan, of the AK Party. What is the background to this movement? How is it possible that an apparently small issue (a “few trees” as Erdogan put it) has sparked such a huge movement? If there were a revolutionary leadership with roots in the working class, we would be on the eve of a revolutionary overthrow of capitalism in Turkey.

 

A narrow victory for the Venezuelan revolution — what next?

venezuela maduro election victoryThis past weekend, Nicolás Maduro, the candidate of the Bolivarian revolution, secured a narrow victory over the right-wing candidate, Henrique Capriles, in the Venezuelan presidential elections. Capriles and the right-wing are alleging fraud and yesterday, attempted to foment a coup to overthrow the Venezuelan government. This shows that now, more than ever, the gains of the revolution must be defended and that the oligarchy needs to be expropriated.

 

80 people turn out to discuss the revolutionary life of Hugo Chavez in Montreal

On Wednesday April 3rd, over 80 people crammed into a classroom at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to hear about the revolutionary legacy of Hugo Chávez and the prospects for the revolution moving forward. The outpouring of grief from millions — not just from Venezuelans but from workers all over the world — has demonstrated what Chávez and his ideas meant to the oppressed sectors around the planet.

Thatcher's death: We remember her crimes against our class

The media is full of the sycophantic outpourings of right-wing commentators and politicians about the sudden death of Margaret Thatcher. The news is full of tributes, portraying Thatcher as some kind of champion of freedom and liberty. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Her death is now being used to “rehabilitate” her, to paint her as a heroine. She was a champion — a champion of capitalism, the ruling class, and all it represents. For us, Thatcher represented and epitomized privilege, wealth and the inequality of class society.

Margaret Thatcher is dead, the struggle against capitalism continues

Margaret Thatcher, the former British Conservative prime minister and one of the most hated figures in the history of the labour movement, died today at the age of 87. Thatcher, more than anyone, personified the brutal attacks on the working class during the 1980s — attacks that the Tory-led Coalition in Britain are continuing today. We publish here a short piece on Thatcher's death, with more in depth analysis of her legacy to follow soon.

Crowd of 80 gather at the University of Toronto to discuss the legacy of Hugo Chavez

80 people turned out for a discussion on the life and legacy of Hugo Chavez at the University of Toronto on Tuesday evening, eager to hear perspectives about where the Venezuelan revolution goes from here.  The gains of the revolution, and its inspiration for working-class struggle around the world, have been very evident in the week since the Venezuelan president died.