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The Socialist 13 February 2019

Universal Credit out - Tories out

The Socialist issue 1029

Corbyn must launch struggle to kick out Blairites and fight for socialist policies


Universal Credit out - Tories out!

Mass pressure wins light sentence for 'Stansted 15'

To end climate change we need to fight for socialist change!

Marx memorial attack shows socialist ideas are on the rise

Them & us


France: striking workers confront Macron as historic gilets jaunes movement approaches "Act XIV"


Ten years since Lindsey strike: when militant action stopped the 'race to the bottom'


Victory to Birmingham bin workers

Heroic RMT guards beat back Northern rail in fight against dangerous driver-only operation

Fight for a socialist-led PCS - fight to win the national pay campaign

Glasgow: nationalise the threatened 'Caley' railway depot

Leicester college workers refuse to accept cut in terms and conditions

Enfield: striking against academisation - fighting for a no-cuts budget

Workplace and union news in brief


Southampton: Labour plans £15m cuts - vote Socialist in Coxford by-election

Newham: women's refuge funds halved - Labour must use the £500m reserves

Arrest Brigadier Fernando - defend the right to protest

Why I joined: "why is their life so different from mine?"

New pamphlet: 1919 - Red Flag over the Clyde

Celebrating Robert Burns 1759-1796

'Shac' campaign fights for housing

300 turn out for Corbyn in Nottingham marginal

Liverpool: 200 march to commemorate Robert Tressell

'Spot' conference opposes authoritarianism in Turkey


'Green Book' film: a timely reminder of racism in the USA

'Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor': comedy and tragedy judiciously mixed

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Arrest Brigadier Fernando - defend the right to protest

Protesting outside the Sri Lankan High Commission on 1 February, photo Tamil Solidarity

Protesting outside the Sri Lankan High Commission on 1 February, photo Tamil Solidarity   (Click to enlarge)

Isai Priya, Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity organised a protest outside Westminster Magistrates' Court on 1 February, demanding the immediate arrest of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando.

Fernando is a war criminal who made a death threat - a throat-slitting gesture - only feet away from peaceful protesters outside the Sri Lankan High Commission a year ago.

Among us were victims of the war which ended in 2009. Fernando was a commander in the forces responsible for the disappearance or murder of over 100,000 Tamils, including by throat slitting.

On 4 February 2018, Tamil Solidarity organised a protest on Sri Lankan independence day. We wanted to expose the hypocrisy of the government celebrating independence while at the same time continuing attacks on workers, minorities including Tamils, and oppressed people in Sri Lanka.

It was during this protest that the then defence attaché made the threat in a bid to silence us. A video of the incident went viral, with more than 76,000 views on the Tamil Solidarity YouTube channel.

Tamil Solidarity activists filed a complaint with the local police. A case was taken up against the brigadier which resulted in Westminster magistrates issuing an arrest warrant, without bail, on 25 January.

However, the warrant was then withdrawn due to pressure from the UK Foreign Office. The reason given is that the brigadier has "diplomatic immunity."

The case has now been reopened, and Socialist Party member Paul Heron, a lawyer and supporter of Tamil Solidarity, is arguing the case for the arrest of Fernando.

Tamil Solidarity demands the release of all political prisoners in Sri Lanka. Also an end to bosses and their politicians in Britain using their court system to protect war criminals.

Socialist Party members took part in the 1 February protest, and highlighted that the actions of Fernando and the withdrawal of the arrest warrant are part of overall attacks on the right to protest.

The fight for democratic rights is linked to the fight against the Tory government and the capitalist system it defends.

The case has been adjourned until 1 March, and Tamil Solidarity and Socialist Party members will be protesting again outside the court - join us.

  • Protest: Friday 1 March at 10am, Westminster Magistrates' Court, 181 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5BR

In this issue


What we think

Corbyn must launch struggle to kick out Blairites and fight for socialist policies


Socialist Party news and analysis

Universal Credit out - Tories out!

Mass pressure wins light sentence for 'Stansted 15'

To end climate change we need to fight for socialist change!

Marx memorial attack shows socialist ideas are on the rise

Them & us


International socialist news and analysis

France: striking workers confront Macron as historic gilets jaunes movement approaches "Act XIV"


Socialist Party feature

Ten years since Lindsey strike: when militant action stopped the 'race to the bottom'


Workplace news and analysis

Victory to Birmingham bin workers

Heroic RMT guards beat back Northern rail in fight against dangerous driver-only operation

Fight for a socialist-led PCS - fight to win the national pay campaign

Glasgow: nationalise the threatened 'Caley' railway depot

Leicester college workers refuse to accept cut in terms and conditions

Enfield: striking against academisation - fighting for a no-cuts budget

Workplace and union news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Southampton: Labour plans £15m cuts - vote Socialist in Coxford by-election

Newham: women's refuge funds halved - Labour must use the £500m reserves

Arrest Brigadier Fernando - defend the right to protest

Why I joined: "why is their life so different from mine?"

New pamphlet: 1919 - Red Flag over the Clyde

Celebrating Robert Burns 1759-1796

'Shac' campaign fights for housing

300 turn out for Corbyn in Nottingham marginal

Liverpool: 200 march to commemorate Robert Tressell

'Spot' conference opposes authoritarianism in Turkey


Opinion

'Green Book' film: a timely reminder of racism in the USA

'Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor': comedy and tragedy judiciously mixed

The Socialist inbox


 

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