Hands off Syria!

Red Youth have organised and taken part in demonstrations in London, outside Downing street, and across the country over the last few days, to tell ‘our’ Prime Minister and the imperialist government she heads up, that British youth and British workers say NO TO HER WAR ON SYRIA!

We don’t buy her lies and propaganda! We say victory to the real democratically elected government of Syria! We say Victory to the Syrian Arab Army! We call for defeat of ‘our’ cowardly British pilots, who took off from their base in occupied Cyprus to fire 4 tomahawk cruise missiles at the Sovereign people of Syria. They deserve to be shot down for their crimes.

This was not a humanitarian mission, it was an illegal and unprovoked attack on the right of a Sovereign people to self-determination. It is just one episode in the long stream of aggressive wars and interventions that Britain under NATO has taken a shameful part in – we say: NOT IN OUR NAME!

Watch footage from the London demonstration, including speeches and interviews from CPGB-ML comrades here:

Well done to everyone who joined us to demonstrate against war in Syria on Friday. Comrades also held demonstrations across the country on Sunday 15 April in Brighton, Bristol, Leeds, and Manchester.

Although touted as a “one-off” strike to chide Assad for the fictional chemical attack in Douma, we know it is in reality one part in a long series of aggressions against not just the Syrian people, but against all nations that dare stand outside the sphere of western imperialism.

Hear what Syrian representative to the United Nations, Dr Bashar Ja’afari, had to say about the illegal strikes against his country here:

We know that, unfortunately, the solution to war is not to be found in a big enough demonstration, a strongly-worded petition, nor the prospect of an ‘anti-war’ government, as no such thing is permissable while we live under the heel of imperialism.

It is clear that a wide section of the British population are becoming increasingly skeptical of the bourgeois government and media. The opportunity to bring our message to workers and point them in the direction of our class enemy has not been so clear in a long time.

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Haringey: Save our homes and our communities!

March and protest: Tuesday 14 February
Assemble: 5pm Ducketts Common (Turnpike Lane Tube)
Rally: 6pm Haringey Civic Centre

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Haringey’s Labour council is planning to give away the land on which a huge number of homes, community facilities, and shops stand to a private developer. The ‘Haringey Development Vehicle’ supposedly a joint venture between the council and the developer, would in reality be a facade for the interests of the private developer.

This policy would lead to a huge loss of genuinely affordable housing in Haringey, and yet more ordinary families being forced out of the borough and away from their family, friends, and jobs.

The Labour council has betrayed the people of Haringey by, for example, promising social rents in public while admitting in private that there is no such guarantee. The Labour party only cares about the interests of the rich, and Labour councils across London and Britain have proven this time and again by slashing social spending and privatising public property and services.

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People of Haringey: unite to defeat our enemies in the Labour Party and stop the destruction of our communities!

Tens of thousands protest in London against Trump

Following the Women’s March in London on January 21, which drew over 100,000 to protest President Trump’s regressive attitude towards women, February has seen two more protests against the ‘Muslim ban’ which, before being overturned by a federal judge last Friday, blocked anyone from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, or Yemen from entering the US.

Why did the Trump administration pick these seven countries? Is it because the US fears the backlash from indiscriminate bombing, and their tacit support for terrorists groups that can destabilise the US regime’s key opponents in the area? Is it because Trump hates Muslims, but not enough to get in the way of his business interests in other Muslim-majority states?

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Anti-austerity protests lack anti-capitalist leadership

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Police break up the demonstration in Parliament Square

Last weekend saw spontenous demonstrations outside Downing Street and the Grand Connaught Rooms, where Cameron was apologising to the Tory party, attracting several thousand before being broken up by police. These demonstrations came in the wake of revelations that the ruling class (including Cameron) have been – shockingly! – routinely engaged in avoiding paying taxes on their assets. The leak, dubbed the Panama Papers, reveals connections between major banks, heads of state, and government officials the world over with tax avoidance vehicles and shell companies.

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Junior Doctors’ Strikes – Keep our NHS Public!

Dr Ranjeet Brar speaks at the Balham (Lambeth and SW London) meeting of Keep our NHS Public on the eve of the 6-7 April junior doctors strike.

The meeting was well attended and spirited with lively Q&A sessions from the floor, and contributions from Dr Youssef El-Gingihy, East End GP and author of the influential book ‘How to Dismantle the NHS in Ten Easy Steps’ and John Lister, Health journalist and co-founder of Health Campaigns ‘Together’ and ‘Keep our NHS Public’. We will put these contributions up shortly. Continue reading “Junior Doctors’ Strikes – Keep our NHS Public!”

Refugees Welcome; demonstration draws tens of thousands in solidarity and anti-racism

As the terrible events in Brussels unfold, with over 30 dead and hundreds injured, our thoughts and sympathies are with the families of those attacked. The messages shared by tens of thousands marching through London and city-centres across the country on Saturday are as relevant and necessary today as they were then.

No to war.

No to racism.

Refugees welcome here!

ISIS and imperialism use the same tactics to divide and subjugate the working classes, from Iraq and Syria to Paris, Brussels, and London. They are happy to foster ignorance and bigotry when it helps them achieve their goals, spinning events to suit their purposes. Just as ISIS cannot exist without barbarism and terror, imperialism cannot function without near-constant wars to destroy, plunder, and grease the wheels of capitalist economy.

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Decent homes for all!

Decent homes for allOn Sunday thousands massed in the capital to protest the housing bill which threatens secure tenancies and council homes for tens of thousands. Not only will current and future council house tenants be at high risk of becoming homeless or impoverished due to the bill, but thanks to the selling-off of social housing stock with no provision to replace them, it will drive rents and house prices up further for those already struggling to provide a home for themselves and their families.

CPGB-ML and Red Youth members attended to make the point that marches and petitions will not save our homes, that no capitalist ministers will represent the interests of the working class.

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Save Our NHS: Junior Doctors Protest and Strike

Red Youth urges everyone to show their support for the striking Junior Doctors and the NHS itself on the 24 hour strike this Wednesday, 10 February from 8am. Map below of official pickets.

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Doctors, nurses, medical students, other healthcare professionals, and members of the public took to the streets on Saturday to voice their opposition to the proposed new contracts for junior doctors, the third public demonstration against the changes. The protest started with impassioned speeches, songs, and some comedy from NHS workers and supporters, before a masked march to Downing St for a silent protest.

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Anti-war and anti-imperialism: where Stop the War fails

Anti-war demonstrations against British airstrikes in Syria took place across the country on Saturday (12/12/2015), with a march in London, attended by thousands, taking place from BBC Broadcasting House to a rally outside Downing St. The anger was palpable, and rightly so. After a brief stall when Cameron’s previous attempts to openly bomb Syria were frustrated by intense opposition to constant war, a lynchpin of British imperialism, the recent terrorist atrocities in Paris were cynically used to get the green light for airstrikes in the region.

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“It is very clear tonight that while the House has not passed a motion it is clear to me that the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action.”

David Cameron, July 2015

With recent reports of coalition airstrikes hitting a Syrian Arab Army position in Deir ez-Zor, the real motives are as clear as ever. Despite Western heads of state openly admitting they have no hope of defeating terrorists in the region unless they work with Assad, they refuse to do so. Western airstrikes are still not being coordinated with the Syrian government and they seem to have little effect. The Russian strikes however, which are seriously pushing back ISIL/Daesh, are coordinated fully with the Syrian Arab Army.

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No Pasaran in Wigan!

On 19 September the National Front held a demonstration in Wigan against immigration and the recent refugee crisis. Prior to this demonstration their local organiser, Daniel Lewis, called for homosexuals to be gassed in response to the Manchester gay pride festival.

The National Front was met by counter-protesters from parties such as the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), Left Unity, SWP, and other organisations were present such as Hope Not Hate.

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