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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 March 2014
Turkey solidarity protest
1,000 people from the Turkish and Kurdish communities in London gathered in Trafalgar square on 11 March before spontaneously marching to parliament.
This was in protest at the death of Berkin Elvan, the 14 year old boy who fell into a coma last year during the Gezi Park movement.
There was a minute's silence for Berkin, who had been out buying bread when police fired a gas canister at him, which hit him on his head.
He lay in a coma for 269 days before losing his battle for life. The silence was also dedicated to Bob Crow.
A speaker from Haringey Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition spoke, urging workers to take Turkish and Kurdish people's lead and carry on the fight against cuts and attacks. The crowd then chanted "Stand up Turkey, London is with you".
Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) activists took part in the protest. We highlighted that young people everywhere have their lies destroyed by police violence, poverty and austerity.
Capitalism has shown it can offer no future for young people. That's why YFJ and other groups such as Day-Mer Youth organise and work with young people to fight for a decent future, decent jobs, services and free education.
Youth Fight for Jobs members
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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In The Socialist 13 March 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Bob Crow - A great fighter for the working class
Stop the destruction of care in Britain
NHS - under attack from private vultures
Police spy inquiry must not be another whitewash
Stop cuts and police repression in Tottenham!
Them & Us
Socialist Party congress
Preparing for a mighty upsurge in class struggle
Socialist Party workplace news
Solidarity with Doncaster care strikers
PCS: Building a fighting union leadership
Lawyers walk out to defend legal aid
Probation workers to strike again
Labour council removes trade union facilities
Unison higher education - fighting leadership needed
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Campaigning on International Women's Day
Second Maltby councillor for TUSC
Turkey solidarity protest
Anti-fracking campaign steps up in Lancashire
The horror that was World War One
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