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Coalition of resistance conference

Issue No. 2272

Hundreds of delegates gathered in London last Saturday for the European Conference Against Austerity and Privatisation.

It was organised by the Coalition of Resistance and brought together anti-cuts activists from across Europe to share their experiences.

Olivier Besancenot, former French presidential candidate and a leading figure in the New Anticapitalist Party, spoke at the closing rally.

He called for a general strike against austerity led by trade unions across Europe.

Marisa Matias, a Euro MP for Portugal’s Left Bloc

party, also called for a general strike against the cuts.

Workshops focused on issues such as fighting racism and Islamophobia, student struggles against education cuts and responses to the eurozone crisis.

The conference passed a resolution calling for further coordination between European anti-austerity campaigners.

It called on European trade unions to “prepare a day of industrial action against austerity”.


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Tue 4 Oct 2011, 18:02 BST
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