Yesterday hundreds of thousands marched in Mexico city and tens of thousands more in dozens of other cities across Mexico to protest at the kidnapping of 43 student-teachers from Ayotzinapa. They were clear in pointing the finger squarely at the Mexican state. The actions were part of a widespread nationwide 48 hour student strike which continues today.
On Friday 17 October a condolence meeting was held for 23 year old Comrade Sajid Alam, area secretary of The Struggle for Malakand, who was killed in a tragic road accident. Killed by the intensely barbarous conditions found in Pakistan generally, and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular. As if this were not heartbreaking enough, the local Taliban tried to disrupt his funeral, calling him an infidel, making his grieving family's life an even worse hell on earth.
With banners, fists and voices raised high, the Marxist Student Federation rallied the largest number of student Marxists yet to join our voices with those of increasingly disgruntled workers at the national TUC demonstration ‘Britain Needs a Pay Rise’ on 20th October. With students present from Leeds to Sussex, from Sheffield to Southampton as well as a strong presence from London and elsewhere, there was a sea of new revolutionary faces that had joined Marxist societies in the last few weeks, eager to raise the Marxist Student banners with those of the trade unions.
90,000 demonstrated in London last Saturday, and thousands more in Glasgow and Belfast, at the plight of Britain’s low paid. This followed a week of strike action involving hundreds of thousands of workers. It was the first time in 32 years that strikes had hit the NHS, so angry had staff become of being treated like dirt.
The philosophical premise behind the consumerist strategy is the idea that we can in effect will a change in society through our purchasing choices. The idea is that if we could just change everyone’s mind about their role in the environment, then we would change society and its structure. If we could only convince everyone individually to be more caring towards the environment and to change their personal lives, then we could change the world.
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Los horribles incidentes en los que oficiales de la policía abrieron fuego a estudiantes, matando a 6, hiriendo a 17 y después secuestrando a otros 43, atribuyéndoselos al crimen organizado, es una muestra contundente de la corrupción del estado capitalista mexicano. Estos hechos han demostrado hasta que punto sus estructuras están unidas con estos carteles y, finalmente, cómo no se detienen ante nada para eliminar a cualquier persona que se manifieste en contra de sus intereses.
El día sábado 19 de octubre del presente año se desarrolló una manifestación en frente del Embajada de México en solidaridad con los estudiantes desaparecidos de la Escuela Normal de Ayatzinapa y los estudiantes del Politécnico; por parte de los estudiantes de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, UNAH.
Las organizaciones abajo firmantes nos solidarizamos con el llamado de los estudiantes de la Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa y de la Asamblea Nacional Popular a una jornada de lucha el 22 de octubre y la hacemos extensiva a nivel internacional. Llamamos a convocar acciones en las embajadas y consulados de México en todo el mundo ese día.