Youth of Linz plans to dissolve two of its branches by the end of August. The
obvious reason is the political work that the comrades, most of them activists
of the Marxist current Der Funke,
have developed for almost a decade. We urge all our supporters and readers to
sign the solidarity appeal and speak out against bureaucratic manoeuvres
against political opponents.
May Day in Austria was a bit different this
year. Participation was lower than usual, and the mood was distinctly
different. Many came to demonstrate their anger at the behaviour of the Social
Democratic Party in the coalition government, and expressed their solidarity
with the comrades recently expelled from the Socialist Youth.
After great successes in the Socialist Youth
organisation of the Social Democratic Party of Austria, supporters of Der
Funke have come under attack inside the youth organisation. The bureaucracy
of the party as well as the youth organisation have employed the worst
bureaucratic methods to attack the Marxists, in an attempt to stop the spread
of Marxist ideas. Please support our campaign against expulsions by sending
letters of protest.
The Austrian labour movement and Social
Democratic Party have been rocked by a scandal. After months of promises, the
SPÖ jettisoned its central election promises in order to join a coalition
government with the bourgeois People's Party. The betrayal
of the leadership of the party has become the focal point in the formation of a
left opposition within the party.
The Austrian Young Socialists is perhaps the most left-wing youth section of any social democratic party in the world. The shift to left found further expression at the most recent conference, where a series of Marxist ideas and resolutions were adopted.
The visit of George W. Bush to Vienna for the EU-US-summit is over. The Austrian police forces were given a great opportunity to test their "emergency procedures" under the guidance of the CIA while thousands of people demonstrated against Bush and the imperialist policies he stands for.