On May Day 2022, workers and their organisations gathered in many countries around the world – with many exceptions this year: in many countries, war, repression, and restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic – prevented workers from gathering. Conversely, in some countries where workers are on the offensive, such as Sri Lanka (photo), some of the May Day rallies called by labour organisations were extremely massive.
Where trade union and political initiatives did take place, the rejection of war was sometimes expressed among the demands. Present in these demonstrations and marches were the activists who took part in the International Emergency Meeting against War on 3 April. They circulated the meeting’s appeal, which had originally been signed by labour activists from 50 countries, and translated into some twenty languages, to make it known and to get it signed.
The participants in the International Emergency Meeting Against War from 48 countries have decided that on May 1st, the International Day of Workers’ Struggle, the same call will be spread throughout the world to proclaim with one voice the opposition of workers and youth to war.
Hundreds of signatures have been added to the first 256 endorsers of the conference. With the support from Australia, Mauritius, Serbia and Zimbabwe, our appeal is now being circulated in 51 countries. [...]
In Ukraine, the Russian army is bombing Kharkov and Mariupol… but is not advancing as quickly as the Kremlin thought. At the entrance to Energodar (Zaporizhia region), Russian tanks even had to retreat on 2 March in the face of several thousand inhabitants. Similar scenes are being repeated in the occupied cities: hundreds, sometimes thousands of Ukrainians shout to the occupiers (in Russian) « Damoi!” (go home!). The young Russian conscripts are bewildered and unnerved: they were told they were going to fight « Nazis », but they find themselves facing Ukrainian civilians, often Russianspeaking, who look like their parents and relatives. In Berdiansk (Mariupol region), on 1 March, soldiers and inhabitants faced off: « Why are you here?” the crowd asked. One of the soldiers stammers: « To bring peace!” A woman replies in Russian: « We had peace without you. Look: I speak Russian, nobody ever humiliated me for [...]
Un puissant mouvement d’opposition à la guerre en Russie a surgi spontanément dès le 24 février, premier jour de la guerre. Le site russe OVD-Info, qui recense les actes de répression, indique que depuis le 24 février plus de 13 500 manifestants contre la guerre ont été arrêtés. Ce qui signifie que probablement quarante ou cinquante fois plus de citoyens ont manifesté… dans un pays où participer à une manifestation non autorisée peut conduire en prison. [...]
On 1 March, the elected members of the European Parliament were called upon by the president of the European Commission, Von der Leyen, to vote on a resolution « on Russian aggression against Ukraine« .
Welcomes the swift adoption of sanctions by the Council;
Calls for the scope of sanctions to be broadened and for the sanctions to be aimed at strategically weakening the Russian economy and industrial base;
Calls, in particular, for the import of the most important Russian export goods, including oil and gas, to be restricted;
Emphasises the need for Member States to acknowledge and accept that severe sanctions against the Russian Federation will unavoidably entail negative effects on their economic situation;
Insists that all future sanctions must continue to be closely coordinated with transatlantic allies and like-minded international partners in order to maximise their effectiveness; [...]
The entry of Russian troops into Ukraine on 24 February marks a turning point in the months-long escalation between Russia and the NATO countries led by the US administration.
It is now a full-blown war. It is aimed at denying the Ukrainian nation any sovereignty and imposing Great Russian domination anew.
For the workers, young people and peoples of the world who love freedom and independence, the demand is clear: withdrawal of Russian troops! Putin: Hands off Ukraine!
Putin's aggression against Ukraine does not make the responsibility of Biden, Macron and other imperialist governments disappear those who for months now have been pushing for confrontation through their provocations, their policy of military encirclement of Russia and the concentration of NATO troops on its borders.
Statement by Nambiath Vasudevan from India, coordinator with Daniel Gluckstein (France) of the International Workers' Committee against War and Exploitation, for a Workers International (IWC).
This war is disastrous for the working class. The war that is now taking place in Ukraine will lead to an increase of the price of goods and especially of fuel. That will increase the prices of cooking gas for the common man; the prices of petrol and oil are already very high, now they say it will go to 100 dollars on the people. In India, at the moment there is a freeze on petrol and diesel prices because of elections due in March, and once the elections are over, it is feared that because of the war in Ukraine, the prices of those items will go beyond any reasonable even imagination.
Editorial of Workers’ Tribune (French POID’s weekly) by Daniel Gluckstein, France, coordinator with Namiath Vasudevan (India) of the International Workers' Committee against War and Exploitation, for a Workers International (IWC). February 22, 5 pm.
At the time of this writing, no one knows what the outcome of the escalation toward war in Eastern Europe will be. Anything is possible. But there are a number of things that we do know. We know that the peoples have no interest in a confrontation. The Russian worker is not the enemy of the Ukrainian worker, who is not the enemy of the Russian worker. The French worker is not the enemy of the Russian worker, nor of the Ukrainian worker, nor of the U.S. worker.
Dans la soirée du 21 février, le président russe, Vladimir Poutine, a reconnu officiellement les « républiques » séparatistes de l’est de l’Ukraine. Quelques heures plus tard, les chars russes y faisaient leur entrée. Il s’agit là du dernier épisode d’une escalade militaire opposant les États-Unis à la Russie qui se poursuit depuis des mois. Qui est responsable de la marche à la guerre ? Pour quelles raisons ? Face à la machine de propagande, il peut parfois sembler difficile de s’y retrouver. Une analyse de Dominique Ferré. [...]
Alexei: It is a confrontation between two economic and military blocs. On one side, NATO, on the other, China and Russia. Ukraine is only one of the fields in this confrontation. The Ukrainian working class is suffering from its own government and is under pressure from both East and West.
In my opinion, both sides do not intend to go to a world war, but any slippage or provocation could lead to it. In the areas of the so-called "people's republics," the war has never really stopped since 2014. But a world war is not part of the imperialist plans at the moment.