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.
On Wednesday October 19 the “Action Committees for Free Education” organised successful school student strikes in Vienna, Linz, Wels and Vorarlberg. The strikes were a success and clearly show that the youth movement against the education policy of the government is moving forward.
Conservative Austrian government has been introducing severe cuts in spending on
education, reducing university places, introducing fees and so on. This coming
Friday (October 7) the government will get a taste of the students’ anger.
Action committees have sprung up and called a day of action.
On Thursday, July 14, a group of Young Socialists and representatives of the Editorial Board of Der Funke
organised a picket in front of the Brazilian embassy to protest against
the threatened repression of the Cipla and Interfibra workers who have
occupied their factories to defend their jobs.