Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/303/13773

From The Socialist newspaper, 7 June 2003

G8 at Evian: Multinationals 'United' In Exploitation?

IN EVIAN, France, representatives of the world's most powerful capitalist nations discussed many issues, including globalisation, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), North Korea and the Middle East.

Paul Hunt, Coventry

They were greeted in Evian and nearby towns by tens of thousands of anti-capitalist and anti-globalisation protesters, many travelling across Europe to give these imperialists a 'warm welcome'.

This year's summit met after the war on Iraq and with widespread fears on the world economy. For Bush and Blair, the 'revelation' that there may not have been WMD in Iraq couldn't have come at a worse time, with Chirac who voiced concern regarding the war, hosting the summit.

Political commentators ask "will this prompt better relations" between the two wings of imperialism and the international ruling class? Tony Blair certainly seems desperate to heal the rift between Britain and the war's 'opponents', mainly Germany and France. Blair said "world leaders should bury their differences over Iraq and work together in issues such as African poverty and freeing up world trade."

"Freeing up" trade is what the G8 is all about, carving up the world, liberalising the economy so multinationals can increase their exploitation of the working class worldwide.

Chirac, hailed as a progressive by many for his 'anti-Iraq war' stand, wages uninterrupted war against France's working class, in a huge battle over pension reforms and cutbacks. Germany's leader, Schroeder, at a special conference of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) last weekend, passed a new package of reforms to relax job protection laws and cut unemployment benefits.

After the huge anti-war protests and the ongoing anti-capitalist movement, the G8 leaders know that wherever they meet they'll be greeted by a sea of protest. This movement however has many strands of thought, with a great deal of confusion amongst the leadership and participants.

There were some incidents of clashes with the police - who didn't attack the main demos but concentrated on harassing some smaller protests.

In a town near Evian, some anarchists attacked a 350-strong meeting of the Parti Socialiste. (France's main social democratic opposition party, who are trying to gain from the opposition to Chirac over the pensions and cutbacks but whose leaders admit that they'd do the same!)

The leading spokespersons of the anti-capitalist movement, though, seem afraid of putting a clear socialist alternative.

The world's problems are caused by capitalism, which can't be pressurised into being more caring as some spokespersons imply. That system has to be consciously overthrown by the working class on the basis of a mass party armed with a Marxist programme.

The CWI and the socialist youth group ISR are an integral part of the movement. We are trying to win the best of the protesters, through our actions and most importantly our political ideas, to see the need to build mass revolutionary socialist parties and a mass Marxist international. Another world is possible - a socialist world is necessary!

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 7 June 2003:

Exposed - Blair's Weapons Of Mass Deception

Firefighters' Battle For A Living Wage And To Save The Fire Service

Government buries fire safety report

Left moves by lecturers' union

No To Poverty Pay In The NHS

Lincolnshire health workers' pay battle

France: Millions On Strike

France: Millions Strike Against The Raffarin Government

Peru: Two Million workers and peasants strike against Toledo

G8 at Evian: Multinationals 'United' In Exploitation?

Northern Ireland: Socialist To Lead Biggest Union

How Imperialism Impoverishes Africa

'Awkward Squad' Gains Another Member

Bosses To Blame For Sackings

"Who Can Blame Them?"


 

Home   |   The Socialist 7 June 2003   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

G8:

triangleG8 Summit - what were the decisions?

triangleThem & Us

triangleNo to G8 austerity

triangleMarch against the G8

War:

triangle70 years since the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four: "But if there was hope, it lay in the proles"

triangleSri Lanka - Ten years after the brutal end of the war

triangleWhat lies behind the US-China trade war?

triangleMay 1649 - the Last Stand of the Levellers

Iraq:

triangleAssange arrest: US and allied governments seeking revenge for exposing dirty wars

triangleFilm: Vice - Dick Cheney - a cold and calculating opportunist

triangle40 years since the Iranian revolution: Learning the lessons for today's new working-class struggles

France:

triangleFrance Telecom: Privatisation in the dock

triangleSalford Socialist Party: Gilets Jaunes movement in France

Capitalist:

triangleBoris, Brexit and British capitalism

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

21/8/19

Liverpool

Liverpool RMT seafarers protest against super-exploitation

20/8/19

Asda

Workers reject 'Martini' contract

16/8/19

Kashmir

Anger continues to mount over imposition of direct rule

14/8/19

Lincolnshire

Health workers strike against 2,000 loss of pay

14/8/19

Leeds

Leeds estate residents push back private development

14/8/19

Socialist Party Scotland

Dundee: young workers meet

14/8/19

Worcester

Hereford and Worcester: stop the fire cuts!

14/8/19

Far right

Far right seen off at Oxford Circus

14/8/19

Occupation

Harland and Wolff occupation continues - renationalise to save the shipyard

14/8/19

Bradford

Bradford: All-out action to defeat backdoor NHS privatisation

14/8/19

Airport

Summer of airline industry strikes against low pay and worsening conditions

14/8/19

Walthamstow

After the fire: fight for facilities for all

14/8/19

Retail

Fight back against the retail bosses!

12/8/19

Equity

Equity: reject UK Theatre's pay cut deal

6/8/19

Hull

Hull: Karro Food meat processors strike against poverty pay

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999