The labour activists from 32 countries, who met on 29 and 30 October at the World Conference against War and Exploitation, for a Workers’ International, unanimously decided to propose that all kinds of initiatives against the war in all its forms be taken in as many cities of the world as possible on 9, 10 and 11 December, so that « the forces of the labour movement opposed to war can make their voices heard« .
The resolution of the open world conference, translated into many languages, has been circulated and sent out widely to the organisations that speak for the workers in each country, in order to propose joint actions under the slogans: « Immediate and unconditional ceasefire! Withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, withdrawal of NATO troops from Europe! Foreign troops out of the countries they occupy! Not one penny, not one weapon for this unjust war! Billions for wages, schools, hospitals, not for war! No support for warmongering governments!”
Since then, according to information received from different countries by the International Workers’ Committee against War and Exploitation, for a Workers’ International, initiatives have been taken and are being prepared in at least twenty-five countries.
On the US-Mexico border, in the Mexican city of Tijuana, a bi-national workers’ rally will be held on 10 December, with activists from both sides of the border taking part. In Pakistan, the trade union federation APTUF has announced that it will hold an anti-war march and a press conference. In South Africa, activists have taken the initiative to call for a street rally in one of Johannesburg’s largest townships. In European countries, public meetings, rallies and street pickets have already been sheduled in Turin, Liege, Berlin, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Zurich and in 74 cities in France, as well as in Istanbul.
And despite the conditions of repression and war, activists and organisations have indicated that they will be taking part in some form of the International Day in Afghanistan, Russia and mainland China.
In line with the fight « for a Workers’ International » which was at the heart of the open world conference at the end of October, it is therefore a truly international day of mobilisation against war and exploitation which will be held that weekend. We will be reporting on it.