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.
After the historical meeting at the Arena cultural centre in Vienna, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez was once again the main attraction, this time at the closing meeting of the Alternative Forum in Austria. Chavez, who took the opportunity to expand upon some of the ideas he presented at the Arena, was joined on the platform by Carlos Lage, the Vice President of Cuba, and Evo Morales, amongst others.
There is a strong May Day tradition
in Austria. This tradition was continued this year as thousands came
out to demonstrations across Austria amidst a growing scandal in the
trade unions. The movement was determined to show its unity against
the attacks of the right wing and there was a thirst for political
ideas in the face of great events in Latin America and France.
have received this report of the recent Student Parliament meeting in
Austria, which passed a resolution in solidarity with the massive
mobilisations in France as well as organised a rally outside the
French embassy in Vienna. See also in German.