French workers join mass demos
Tens of thousands of workers marched against austerity in Paris and as many in other French cities on Thursday of last week. Their main target was the Labour-type government’s attacks on workers’ rights.
There were also strikes in hundreds of workplaces as part of a day of action by the CGT, Force Ouvriere, FSU and Solidaires union federations. But the largest union federation, CFDT, did not take part.
Climate march held in Quebec
More than 25,000 people marched through the streets of Quebec city demanding action on climate change on Saturday of last week.
The prime ministers of Canada’s 13 provinces met there to discuss their strategy on climate change in the run up to negotiations in Paris in December.
They also discussed pipelines to bring oil from environmentally devastating tar sands to ports for export.
Indigenous people’s groups who have led the resistance to tar sands and pipelines were central to the demonstration.
US cop charged with murder
A police officer in the US has been charged with murder after footage emerged of him shooting a black man eight times in the back.
Officer Michael Slager claimed that Walter Scott had “tried to overpower him” and “take his Taser”.
But a video filmed by a witness revealed that Walter had in fact been running away at the time he was shot. It appeared Slager may have dropped a Taser next to Walter’s body.
Slager’s next court appearance is not until 21 August.