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Bolivia: No to the reactionary Añez-Camacho government

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bandaBy Simon Rodriguez, an IWU-FI leader

Right-wing Senator Jeanine Añez proclaimed herself “provisional president,” with the support of the main “civic” referent, ultra-reactionary businessman Luis F. Camacho, the Church, the military, and the police. Then she went out, bible in hand, to speak on a balcony of the government house, surrounded by a handful of right-wingers. We are facing a reactionary attempt to come out of the deep political crisis in which Bolivia is plunged, a result of the civil-military coup that forced the resignation of Evo Morales. We call to repudiate this de facto government and to support the workers, peasants and popular sectors that will continue to fight for their rights.

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Bolivia: We Reject the Attempt to Impose a Right-Wing Reactionary Government

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Captura-de-Pantalla-2019-11-11-a-las-10.39.49The right mounted on the popular mobilisation and seeks to take over the government
We reject the attempt to impose a right-wing reactionary government, either transitory or through constitutional succession.

- Immediate call for an emergency COB (Workers’ Central Union) Congress, with the participation of all workers’, peasants’, indigenous and youth organisations.

- To form the Popular Assembly from the workers, peasants and youth mobilised to assume the provisional government and to call for clean and free elections, with no restriction for the popular candidates.

The fight must continue:

- Against the oligarchy (CAO, CAINCO, Camacho, etc.) allied for over 10 years to Evo Morales and partner in the Chiquitania fire.

- For non-payment of the fraudulent external debt contracted by MAS (Movement Towards Socialism, Evo’s party)

- For the nationalisation of the transnational San Cristobal pampered by Evo

- For exposing and fighting Camacho’s fascism disguised as democracy

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Chile and the Constituent Assembl

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AQ2BEURLNBG7FBV3HNGTXEM7DMBy Mercedes Petit, leader of Socialist Left /IWU-FI, Argentina 5 November 2019

There are always debates on the left about the use of this slogan. In Chile, the demand for a constituent assembly is very much felt by the masses and is present in all mobilisations. This is logical since the 1980 constitution imposed by Pinochet’s dictatorship is still in force. The governments never repealed it, neither by those of the right nor by those of the “Concertation”, of the Christian Democracy and the Socialist Party, which in the last government added the Communist Party.

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Lebanon: the victory of the masses! Hariri’s government collapses! Fight on!

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Lebanon: the victory of the masses! Hariri’s government collapses! Fight on!
f1ad36c0-8bbe-4207-92a5-a7aa08ccff1eIn Lebanon on 17 October, the masses began an insurrection against the austerity plan the government launched together with the IMF for a way out of the serious economic crisis in which they have subjected. The revolt that began with the slogans against capitalist and social ruin after the ruthless government repression of mobilisations escalated against the regime. The Lebanese people who filled the squares with economic and social demands focused on the representatives and parties of the corrupt regime that control and possess a good part of the country’s wealth.

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Popular uprising in Iraq: “The people want the fall of the regime!”

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Popular uprising in Iraq: “The people want the fall of the regime!”

e85416ef-b575-46cd-a827-e53eb21a77a1Revolt of the Iraqi people against capitalist policies of employment destruction, lack of social services, corruption and sectarian regime has been ongoing since the early October. Although Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s government and the Iraqi state respond to mass mobilizations in the capital Baghdad and especially in the southern regions of the country with an intense crackdown and policy of violence, the workers do not leave the streets. So far more than 250 people were killed and thousands of people got injured in the demonstrations. The regime attacks masses with real bullets and gas canisters while trying to prevent the assembly of people through curfews, cutting the internet access, etc.

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Chile: “It’s not 30 pesos, it’s 30 years!”

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Chile: “It’s not 30 pesos, it’s 30 years!”
0037094147This is one of the many slogans sung in the streets of Santiago. Thirty Chilean pesos were the increase in the subway that unleashed the protest on Friday 18 October. Spokespersons from the government and the right-wing said, “It’s only 30 pesos. Less than 10 cents of a dollar”. But it was the straw that broke the camel’s back, after decades of high social inequality, of a capitalist model that comes from Pinochet’s dictatorship. That is why the youth and the working people have exploded. Millions have been on the streets for over 12 days demanding that Piñera leave and demanding a fundamental change in the country.
By Miguel Sorans*, leader of Socialist Left (IS) and the IWU-FI. 30 October 2019

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Lebanon: Popular revolt against the government’s austerity policy

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Lebanon: Popular revolt against the government’s austerity policy

The people want the regime to leave!

In Lebanon, since 17 October, the most massive mobilisations in the country’s history against the austerity policies the government set in motion has continued. Starting especially in Beirut and other cities of the country, the people are on the streets. They are confronting, without taking a step back, the armed security forces’ tear gas and rubber bullets.

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All support to the Chilean people!

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All support to the Chilean people!

Thousands of young people, workers and popular sectors took to the streets in Santiago and in all the cities of the country to repudiate the actions of President Piñera and the military.

While the barricades in Ecuador, where the indigenous people, the students and the working people had defeated the rise in fuel decreed by the bosses’ government and the IMF, had not been extinguished yet, in Chile thousands went out to question the rise in Metro tariffs.

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Ecuador: Great triumph of the popular mobilisation. Decree 883, issued by the IMF, fell.

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Ecuador: Great triumph of the popular mobilisation

Ecuador-Lenin Moreno-America 435216503 134639186 1706x960Decree 883, issued by the IMF, fell.

After eleven days of a massive popular rebellion in Ecuador, Lenin Moreno’s government had to repeal decree 883 with which it started an austerity plan agreed with the IMF.

The mobilised Ecuadorian people have given a great example to the peoples of the world that the struggle can defeat the IMF and the employer governments that apply austerity measures against the peoples.

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28S: International day of struggle for the right to abortion in the world

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International Workers’ Unity - Fourth International (IWU-FI) declaration

28S: International day of struggle for the right to abortion in the world

Globally, more than half of women and people with the ability to gestate in reproductive age live in countries where abortion is widely allowed. And in the last 25 years in most countries of the world feminist struggles have managed to start important conquests in favor of the legalization of this right. But the illegality of abortion continues to be the leading cause of preventable death of pregnant people, most of them, workers, youth, migrants and the poor. This wreaks havoc on health and the body when performed in the worst conditions of hiding. However, despite the harsh consequences that include jail and even death, women and people with the ability to gestate decide to continue abortion as a fundamental right to decide on their life and their bodies. Therefore, the green tide of struggles for the right to abortion that in 2018 flooded Argentina and spread to much of the world, today is more necessary than ever.

The world map of abortion indicates that 5% of women and people with the ability to gestate (90 million) live in countries where the right to termination of pregnancy is prohibited, even when the woman's life is at risk. There are 29 countries, several of them in Central America and present situations of extreme poverty that exacerbate the risk of women's lives, such as in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In these countries the situation is terrible for women who suffer even rapes and spontaneous abortions since they end up incarcerated and sentenced to prison terms of more than 30 years, as is the case of Evelyn Hernández, the young Salvadoran woman who is fighting for her freedom effective. In Honduras today there are 42 dams for similar causes. There is also the case of Mexico that, although it is legalized in its capital, there are more than 700 women prisoners.

In turn, 22 percent of women and people with gestational capacity (359 million of childbearing age) live in countries where abortion is only allowed when it is to save the woman's life. In total there are 39 countries. While 14 percent of women and people with the ability to gestate (237 million) live where abortion is legal when women's health is at risk. There are 56 countries. 23 percent of women and people with the ability to gestate (386 million), live where they can abort for social and economic reasons (14 countries). Finally, 36 percent of women and people with the ability to gestate, the highest percentage (590 million), live in territories where voluntary termination of pregnancy is legal. It is about 67 countries, the vast majority in Europe.

However, in countries such as the United States, Nicaragua and Poland, the governments of Trump, Ortega and Duda have made progress in restricting the right to abortion, not only limiting the modality of effective access to abortion practices but also totally prohibiting the practice like in Nicaragua. Together with these governments, different fundamentalist religious and anti-rights sectors try to promote retrograde legislation that seeks to grant personal rights to fetuses to advance against the women´s rights. In Panama, Peru, Brazil and other countries, religious parliamentary benches have already introduced bills in this regard. And in countries where abortion has been legal for decades such as in Italy or the Spanish State, religious fundamentalists are in education and health to train doctors, nurses and other professional anti-rights and hospital controls and health centers declared conscientious objectors who deny our lives by not performing the practice. With the Vatican and Pope Francis in the lead, raising the campaign against training in sex education and rejecting the use of condoms. Meanwhile, they look the other way in the face of the miles of causes of pedophilia within the Church that come to light daily throughout the world.

That is why the legalization of abortion in Ireland in 2018, a country with a large Catholic population, has been a breakthrough. But the progress in the mobilization that calls for the immediate separation of the Catholic Church from the State to stop financing a retrograde institution was also essential.

This September 28, international day for the right to abortion, can not be another day. We are in the midst of a worldwide wave of struggles of the women's and feminist movement that revolts against femicides, rapes, sexist violence, labor discrimination and sexual harassment and even sale to the street for, with the set of the working class, reject the adjustment plans and labor and pension reforms that the capitalist governments want to impose along with the IMF. Those reforms that more deeply attack women and youth. Therefore, continuing to fight for the right to legal, safe and free abortion, for the immediate separation of the churches from the States, is a fundamental task that we have to carry out the workers of the world. Not one step back with legal abortion. To the streets for our rights.

Workers’ Unity - Fourth International (IWU-FI)
24/9/2019

 
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