International Correspondence N45: Coronavirus and social debacle: The worst crisis of capitalism in history Foreword

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For the first time, we publish International Correspondence in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese, as usual, but this time in digital form because of the Covid-19 pandemic. What is happening is something unprecedented. The world is suffering a calamity. There are millions of infected and hundreds of thousands of dead. Coronavirus can affect anyone. But those who suffer the most, and will suffer the consequences of the pandemic, are the workers, the popular, exploited and oppressed sectors of the world.

There are two pandemics in the world: of the coronavirus and hunger and poverty. The health crisis is combined with the worst economic crisis of capitalism. Capitalist governments and the multinational unload the crisis on the masses. Mass layoffs, salary cuts, company closings, more misery and poverty.

What really matters is that the mobilisations and strikes begin to resume. The fear of contagion begins to break in the face of the tremendous attack against the working class and the peoples. The big impact has been the anti-racist rebellion of the United States that has struck the nefarious Trump in the bowels of imperialism. The police murder of George Floyd sparked a mass mobilisation not seen since the anti-Vietnam war marches. It is estimated that, since May, between 15 and 20 million people have participated in the marches called by the Black Lives Matter movement. It unleashed a global mobilisation. Hundreds of thousands protested in Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Hungary, Finland, Sweden, Brazil, South Korea, India, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and South Africa, and in dozens of other countries. In Canada, there were thousands of protesters in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. In Austria, 50,000 protesters gathered.

This special issue dedicates pages to this popular rebellion in the United States and its global importance. And we also dedicate pages to highlight the fight against the two pandemics in the world with notes about Chile, Brazil, Spanish State, China, and Lebanon.

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