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Issue No. 2368

Anti-Nazis resist attacks on Roma in Czech Republic

Over 1,000 anti-racists mobilised across the Czech Republic as the far right organised anti-Roma marches in eight cities on Friday 23 August.

In Ostrava, the country’s third largest city, hundreds of fascists fought to break from their approved route to attack a Roma area.

Over a quarter of a million Roma live in the Czech Republic and discrimination is endemic. They suffer the worst poverty in the country and face the threat of pogroms by Nazis. 


Car workers hit production in South Africa

Around 30,000 South African car workers have been on indefinite strike since 19 August.

The workers in the Numsa union are demanding a 14 percent pay increase. 

The strike has hit production at Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Volkswagen plants. 

Since platinum miners won significant increases after unofficial strikes last year, each victory by one group increases the confidence of others.


Nigerian health workers strike

Health workers in Nigeria began an indefinite strike on Thursday of last week. 

Workers in the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), a coalition of health sector unions, are out against attacks on their working conditions and wages.

Baba Aye of the Socialist Workers League in Nigeria reports, “There is great enthusiasm to fight until victory. We might thus be in for a long drawn out strike.”


Farmers fight in Colombia

Tens of thousands of Colombian farmers and agricultural workers began an all-out strike last week demanding subsidies and help with rising fuel prices.

Farmers have blocked major roads causing massive disruption, leading to food and fuel shortages in some towns.

The strikers accuse police of using live ammunition against protests and tear-gassing people’s homes.

Peace talks with the Farc rebel group almost fell apart last week, as government negotiators refused to discuss constitutional reform.


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International
Tue 27 Aug 2013, 18:24 BST
Issue No. 2368
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