Over 200 people packed
the Workers' Museum in Copenhagen
last night, leaving standing room only, in order to hear Esteban Volkov and
Alan Woods speak on the 90th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.
Esteban Volkov, the grandson of Leon Trotsky, and also last living witness to his
assassination, spoke in the city where Trotsky made his final public speech in
In the build up to today's big meeting in Copenhagen, one of the most important newspapers in Denmark, Nyhedsavisen, a paper with a circulation of 532.000, carries an interview with Esteban Volkov in today's edition on page 33 (in Danish).
Wednesday the 7th of November a big meeting organised by the Danish
Marxist tendency, Socialistisk Standpunkt, will take place in Copenhagen to
celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. However,
2007 marks another anniversary, and one with special importance for Denmark. It
is 75 years since Leon Trotsky held his last public speech in November 1932,
which was held at a huge meeting in Copenhagen, where Trotsky was invited by
the Social-Democratic Students Association.
For the third time in one and half years over
100,000 people have come out to the streets in Denmark to protest against cuts
to the welfare state. The Danish working class, particularly the public sector
workers, have had enough. But mobilisations are not enough. What is needed is a
bold leadership that can lead the movement to victory.
The expulsions of 26 Marxists from the youth
organisation SUF is now known not only on the Danish left, but also internationally. This article explains the role of the USFI’s
Danish section, the SAP, in the recent expulsion of the Marxists of Socialistisk
Standpunkt from the SUF.