participated in organising a large meeting of some 350 people in solidarity
with the Venezuelan Revolution. With a packed agenda, important speakers from both Belgium and Venezuela spoke on the revolution
and the need for solidarity. Meetings such as this show concretely that the
ideas and the message of the Venezuelan revolution are spreading well beyond
the borders of the Latin American country.
On October 28 another massive strike shook Belgium. This time all the unions were involved. In spite of all the attempts of the government and the bosses to sabotage it, the workers took part in large numbers and 100,000 marched through the streets of Brussels. Things are moving very fast now.
On Friday, October 7, there was a massive general strike in Belgium, the first for 12 years, called by Socialist ABVV-FGTB union. In spite of all attempts to make it fail, the workers came out in great numbers both in Flanders and Wallonia. Since then the pressure has built up. Strikes have broken in different parts of the country. The Christian union has now been forced to back the movement and a new general strike is being prepared for October 28. Class struggle is back on the agenda in Belgium, and with a bang.
of so-called consensus politics the Belgian workers have had enough of longer
hours, cuts in welfare, speed-ups and they are coming out tomorrow in a massive
general strike. The mood is one of bitter anger and determination to win.
The night of January 17th 1961 Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba, was shot dead in Katanga. Forty years later a new book by Belgian sociologist Ludo De Witte uncovers proof of what everyone already knew: the complicity of the Belgian government and the United Nations in this crime. Pierre Dorremans looks at the political background of this case and explains the politics of Lumumba.
The dismissal of judge Connerotte in October 1996 sparked a mass
movement which shocked the whole society in Belgium. Ordinary people
were no longer afraid of challenging the state institutions: the
police, the judges, the government, even the King. A Marxist analysis
on the causes and effects of such a movement. The dismissal of judge
Connerotte in October 1996 sparked a mass movement which shocked the
whole society in Belgium. Ordinary people were no longer afraid of
challenging the state institutions: the police, the judges, the
government, even the King. A Marxist analysis on the causes and effects
of such a movement.