Thursday, 20. July 2017

FiatWorkers at the factory of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Serbian subsidiary FCA Srbija in Kragujevac are on strike over excessive workload and low wages.

The strike began on Tuesday 27 June after two days of warning protests. Two thousand blue collar workers, representing 90 per cent of the workforce, have taken strike action to demand a small wage increase, paid overtime, an end to layoffs, a reorganization of work to cut workload, and compensation for transport costs for shifts that start or finish when there in no public transport.

German police against the G20 protests. Photo: RedGlobeGerman police against the G20 protests. Photo: RedGlobeOn the evening of July 6th the police has violently attacked the »Welcome to Hell« demonstration at it’s starting point at Fischmarkt in order to prevent any demonstration from happening. Both the protest rave the night before and the initial event this afternoon took place without any incident.

At 7 pm, by the time the demonstration was about to start, the police goon squads stormed with brute force into the crowd assembled. The people present were subject to severe beating by police forces using batons and in addition the crowd was attacked with pepper spray and water cannons. Apparently dozens of activist have been injured – some of them seriously. Up until 9.30 pm the G20 Legal Team has taken note of more than 50 arrests.

Stop G20We reproduce a press release by the NoG20 International coordination:

As international campaigners preparing to travel to Hamburg for the demonstrations against the G20 summit in July, we call for the defence of basic civil and political liberties currently being denied: the right to protest, the freedom of assembly, the freedom of movement. In our open letter from May 17 to the people of Hamburg (http://g20-protest.info/category/general-information/open-letter-to-hamburg/) we stressed that we stand for values many people in Hamburg also share: of democracy and human rights, ecological sustainability and peace, opposition to austerity and neoliberalism, rejection of racism and sexism. Trump and Putin, Erdogan and Xi, Merkel and Macron, Modi and Zuma, Temer and Macri, May and King Salman do not represent us – and the world they want comes at our expense.

French Communist PartyThe results of the French legislative elections, if the first-round trend continues for the second round next Sunday, will place the future of the country in extremely difficult circumstances, under the threat of a National Assembly dominated by members from En Marche! and their supporters from the Républicains. This result would plunge millions of our fellow citizens into a democratic “hangover”.

Morning StarAVOIDABLE tragedy has again hit a working-class community, with the Grenfell Tower inferno bringing out the best in our multicultural society and our overstretched emergency services.

Fire, ambulance and police services reacted without delay, risking their own well-being in the west London tower block to rescue survivors and minimise loss of life.

Local mosques, churches and community halls offered emergency accommodation and gave food, drinks and clothing to those who escaped the blaze.

pcpThe Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) commented the results auf the general elections in Britain:

The results of the early general elections in Great Britain constitute a political defeat of the Conservative Party that sought to strengthen the parliamentary support for a greater offensive against the social and labor rights of the British workers and people, and for a reinforced neoliberal and militarist policy and imperialism affirmation.

Communist Party of PolandChanges of street names carried out under the “Decommunisation Act” serves the purpose of falsifying History in the interest of the ruling right wing. Historical policy implemented by the state institutions discriminates, on political grounds, anyone associated with communism, regardless of his/her significance or achievements. The list of toponyms that are to be changed is still expanding and includes not only those directly involved in the communist activity.

International Federation of Resistance Fighters75 years ago, on 10 June 1942, German troops murdered in Czechoslovakia in the village of Lidice about 20 kilometers northwest of Prague the whole male population, the women were deported in concentration camps and most children were killed in CC Chelmno. Two weeks later German troops murdered more than 30 men in Lezaky, about a hundred kilometers east of Prague.

Communist Party of BritainRobert Griffiths, general secretary of the Communist Party of Britain (CPB), issued the following statement on the results of British elections: »Twelve million people have voted for a left-wing Labour manifesto and a majority of electors have rejected austerity policies. The Tories have no mandate for five months of public spending cuts, never mind another five years.

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