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France | French president bans fuel tax protest in Paris as strikes expand

by Alex Lantier

As the government of French President Emanuel Macron moved to ban protests against its fuel tax increase, strikes and demonstrations in support of the protest movement spread across France yesterday.

At present, the Facebook pages associated with the fuel tax protests, referring to themselves as “yellow vests,” have defied the government order and are maintaining calls for protests at Place de la Concorde. Tens of thousands of people are expected to take part at the capital from cities and towns across the country for the second successive Saturday. There are growing rumors that railway workers will allow demonstrators to travel by train to the capital for free. They will be met by thousands of riot officers and police dispatched by the government of President Emmanuel Macron.

South Africa | SAFTU-led General Strike Commences in South Afrika

A planned general strike by the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) and allies has begun, and by all accounts, it has the makings of a seismic blow to the moribund political establishment in South Afrika that has plagued the people with austerity, corruption and wage cuts, while bowing to white monopoly capital and neo-liberal pressure. Workers throughout the country have answered the call by joining in actions against the state, leading a devastating shutdown that has now affected a significant portion of the country’s economy. Nico Vermeulen, the director of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers in South Africa (NAAMSA), has affirmed that almost all of the country’s car manufacturers have succumbed to the shutdown. With international brands among those affected (Toyota, Ford, BMW, etc.) the imperial bourgeoisie is also feeling the effects of South Afrikan class struggle. Beyond car manufacturers, the National Employers Association of South Africa (NEASA) has reported that, in a survey of over 350 businesses, 35% of companies were affected, and 8% were experiencing a complete shutdown.[1]

Finland | Political strike in Finland

Finland, a number of trade unions have joined to a political strike on Friday 2 February called in protest at the government’s new measures to sanction unemployed benefit claimants who fail to perform 18 hours of paid work over a three-month period, or enter job-related training. The government’s “active model” threatens unemployed people with cuts in benefits unless they can prove they are actively seeking work. The law took effect at the beginning of the year, and the government is now planning follow-on legislation. Unions representing workers in the transport, media and printing trades, communications staff and newspaper delivery employees, construction and public sectors have already announced they will join the strike.

Spain | Catalonia: “We Are the Republic!”

Barcelona, November 11: 750,000 people demonstrate behind two banners: “Release the Political Prisoners! And, above all: “We Are the Republic!”

It was the Catalan Republic that was in the streets on November 11, against all odds.

Workers, unemployed, retired, youth, small farmers and merchants … they came from all over Catalonia in response to the call of the Committees for the Defense of the Republic. These CDRs first formed as Committees for the Defense of the Referendum to ensure the holding of the referendum on October 1 against the Francoist monarchy, which had announced that it was forbidding the Catalan people to vote.

Spain | Catalans in Barcelona March for Freedom of Jailed Leaders

Catalans take to the street for the sixth time since its independence declaration was suspended by the Spanish government.

Thousands in Barcelona joined a march to demand the release of several former Catalan officials and independence activists who protesters describe as political prisoners.