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Greek movement resists Nazis' attempts at revival

by Petros Constantinou in Athens
Issue No. 2473

Thousands marched through Athens last Saturday to mark two years since Nazis murdered anti-racist rapper Pavlos Fyssas.

Syrian and Afghan refugees marched alongside other migrants, students and trade unionists.

The fascists are trying to stage a comeback using racism against refugees—but people are confronting them. 

The demonstration showed that the movement is ready to fight back after the Greek election. 

Left party Syriza was re-elected despite signing up to a devastating austerity deal with the European Union. 

Leading Pakistani activist Javied Aslam was charged with disturbing the peace this week, after shouting on a megaphone on an anti-corruption protest outside the Pakistani Embassy.

He pointed out that protesting cleaners had shouted in the streets for over a year. Astonishingly the magistrate replied, “Order in this city must finally be restored”. 

But prime minister Alexis Tsipras had to sack minister Dimitris Kammenos of Syriza’s right wing Independent Greeks coalition partners for making homophobic and anti-semitic statements on Twitter. 

This was a sign that the new government is weak—and its supporters more critical.

Petros is coordinator of the Movement Against Racism and the Fascist Threat. It has called an international meeting on 10-11 October. See tinyurl.com/oqlxfkv

International round-up

Egypt’s prisoner release PR bid 

The Egyptian regime released and pardoned 100 prisoners on Wednesday of last week. 

They included two journalists, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

They had been jailed, along a third colleague, for reporting “false news” about the now banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Military-backed president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi wants to make himself look like less of a dictator in the eyes of world leaders. Yet thousands of political prisoners are still in jail across Egypt. 


Catalans vote to break with Spain

A majority of Catalan voters backed parties calling for independence from Spain in regional parliamentary elections last Sunday.

Catalan’s president Artur Mas called the election as an alternative vote on independence after the Spanish authorities blocked a referendum. 

His right wing nationalist party ran as part of a broad coalition for independence. It won 62 out of 135 MPs.

The anti-capitalist left CUP party, which includes the Socialist Workers Party’s sister organisation En Lluita, won 10 seats with almost 340,000 votes. It held a rally of 4,000 in Barcelona before the vote.


Mass March for Choice in Dublin

Some 10,000 people took to part in a March for Choice in Dublin on Saturday of last week.

They were demanding greater access to abortion and repeal of the anti-choice Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution. 

Left wing MP Clare Daly told the march that the movement to repeal the Eighth Amendment was now an “unstoppable force”.

She said,“The days of secrecy and shame, of the Magdalene laundries and the Mother and Baby homes belong to a different Ireland.”


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