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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 September 2015

International news in brief

Ireland: Massive anti-water charges demo

Irish Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA) activists protesting against the water charges in Ireland, photo by Socialist Party (CWI Ireland)

Irish Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA) activists protesting against the water charges in Ireland, photo by Socialist Party (CWI Ireland)   (Click to enlarge)

On Saturday 29 August a massive protest against the imposition of water charges by the Fine Gail/Labour party governing coalition took place in Dublin, Ireland. Organisers say over 80,000 people participated.

Paul Murphy, Socialist Party member and Anti-Austerity Alliance TD (MP), said the turnout showed that the government is on the run over water charges and the boycott payment campaign.

A political vendetta by the establishment has meant that Paul along with other anti-water charge protesters, are facing criminal proceedings - including a ludicrous false imprisonment charge of the deputy prime minister - arising from a sit-down protest in Tallaght, south Dublin, last year.

Now there are revelations about a spying operation led by the Garda Commissioner's husband against anti-water charges protesters ('Operation Mizen').

And in a further attack on democratic rights, the AAA has been refused a permit for door to door collecting in Tallaght because: "The proceeds of the collection... would be used in such a manner as to encourage... the commission of an unlawful act"!

Lebanon: 'Garbage demos' shake ruling class

Protesting against uncollected garbage in Lebanon

Protesting against uncollected garbage in Lebanon   (Click to enlarge)

Interview with Tamer Mahdi, CWI member in Lebanon

"This issue has exposed the collusion between establishment parties and big business interests, and the rampant corruption underlying it. Those who suffer from this crisis are ordinary residents in the capital, Beirut, and other cities, since the rubbish has not been collected for weeks."

Full interview and more reports on www.socialistworld.net

Hong Kong elections

Campaigning for Socialist Action member Sally Tang in Hong Kong elections, photo by Socialist Action (CWI Hong Kong)

Campaigning for Socialist Action member Sally Tang in Hong Kong elections, photo by Socialist Action (CWI Hong Kong)   (Click to enlarge)

Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong) members (above) campaigning for Sally Tang in upcoming District Council elections.

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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

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 2 September 2015:


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Two million bailiff calls as councils brutalise poor

Bin crash tragedy shows pressure on sick to work

Greed: bosses hike rail fares three times faster than wages

Them & Us

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Socialist Party reports & campaigns

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Lincolnshire: save our schools!

Anger as promised women's museum becomes Ripper museum


International socialist news and analysis

Thailand plagued by military junta and downturn

International news in brief


Socialist Party features

Corbyn campaign: surges, purges and preparation

Youth Fight Austerity

Students attacked from all sides


Socialist history

Zimmerwald Conference 1915: lessons for the socialist movement


Workplace news and analysis

Join the NSSN lobby of TUC Congress

Rail and PCS strikers rally together

London tube workers force bosses to move

Royal Mail union rep sacked - reinstate John now!

'Pay the rate' construction protests continue on Teesside

Bioscientists' strike forces management's climbdown

Indesit strikers determined to press on for acceptable deal

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Rejected by Labour bureaucrats

Nuclear Secrets: a dangerous dead end

Obituary: Anne Ullah Khan


 

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