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Paris: united demo against austerity

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Clément Mouhot reports from Paris:

“Hollande ça suffit !” (Hollande this is enough) was one of the many slogans seen on banners at the demonstration against austerity in Paris last Saturday. Around 40,000 people marched from “République” to “Nation” against austerity and cuts policies put forward by the Socialist Party (PS) government. The protest was full of energy, chants and smiles.

Not only was it successful in mobilising large numbers, but was also a successful in uniting different groups. The march was first initiated by the NPA (Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste) and the PG (Parti de Gauche), but in the end all the groups making up the Front de Gauche (PCF, PG, Ensemble) took part, as well as many union federations, activist associations like ATTAC and even some leaders of the left tendencies in the Green Party (Europe-Écologie Les Verts).

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For a long time there hasn’t  been this feeling of unity, and hope in a fightback. In particular, a new component of the Front de Gauche, Ensemble, emerged from the successful unification of the many far-left small groups coming from the NPA and the PCF. Although preparation for the demonstration had seen tensions between organisations, they were successfully overcome.

The challenge now will be to transform what has started with Saturday’s demonstration into a united fightback against the most right wing and racist “left” government ever seen in France so far.

Source:-
http://rs21.org.uk/2014/04/15/paris-united-demo-against-austerity/

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Paris: united demo against austerity

Clément Mouhot reports from Paris:

“Hollande ça suffit !” (Hollande this is enough) was one of the many slogans seen on banners at the demonstration against austerity in Paris last Saturday. Around 40,000 people marched from “République” to “Nation” against austerity and cuts policies put forward by the Socialist Party (PS) government. The protest was full of energy, chants and smiles.

Not only was it successful in mobilising large numbers, but was also a successful in uniting different groups. The march was first initiated by the NPA (Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste) and the PG (Parti de Gauche), but in the end all the groups making up the Front de Gauche (PCF, PG, Ensemble) took part, as well as many union federations, activist associations like ATTAC and even some leaders of the left tendencies in the Green Party (Europe-Écologie Les Verts).

parisdemo1

For a long time there hasn’t  been this feeling of unity, and hope in a fightback. In particular, a new component of the Front de Gauche, Ensemble, emerged from the successful unification of the many far-left small groups coming from the NPA and the PCF. Although preparation for the demonstration had seen tensions between organisations, they were successfully overcome.

The challenge now will be to transform what has started with Saturday’s demonstration into a united fightback against the most right wing and racist “left” government ever seen in France so far.

Source:-
http://rs21.org.uk/2014/04/15/paris-united-demo-against-austerity/

A History of the Italians in Scotland

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In common with most Scottish towns, Lossiemouth had its cafes run by Italian Immigrants.  It was a surprising fact that most immigrants had no previous catering experience and were generally peasant farmers, mainly from the Cassino area between Rome and Naples, who had been driven from the land by poverty.

Revolutionaryeye:- A wonderful first-hand account of how Italian immigrants fought against outrageous prejudice to establish themselves in Scotland.

Full article at:-http://www.scalan.co.uk/Italians.htm

Further information at:-  http://www.scotsitalian.com/history.htm

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John MacLean’s Speech from the Dock

I wish no harm to any human being, but I, as one man, am going to exercise my freedom of speech. No human being on the face of the earth, no government is going to take from me my right to speak, my right to protest against wrong, my right to do everything that is for the benefit of mankind. I am not here, then, as the accused; I am here as the accuser of capitalism dripping with blood from head to foot.




Red Clydeside:- http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/scotlandshistory/20thand21stcenturies/redclydeside/

THE SCOTTISH ENLIGHTENMENT:-by Prof. Tom Devine

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It’s a real puzzle - because if you look at the period before the Enlightenment, Scotland was a poor country. They even executed witches a few decades before the Enlightenment - the Ministers of the Church were not very tolerant. So how come a country like that produces one of the greatest…

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VIVA LA QUINTA BRIGADA:CHRISTY MOORE

Ten years before I saw the light of morning
A comradeship of heroes was laid
From every corner of the world came sailing
The Fifth International Brigade

They came to stand beside the Spanish people
To try and stem the rising fascist tide
Franco’s allies were the powerful and wealthy
Frank Ryan’s men came from the other side

Even the olives were bleeding
As the battle for Madrid it thundered on
Truth and love against the force of evil
Brotherhood against the fascist clan

CHORUS

Viva la Quinta Brigada
“No Pasaran”, the pledge that made them fight
“Adelante” is the cry around the hillside
Let us all remember them tonight

Bob Hilliard was a Church of Ireland pastor
Form Killarney across the Pyrenees he came
From Derry came a brave young Christian Brother
Side by side they fought and died in Spain

Tommy Woods age seventeen died in Cordoba
With Na Fianna he learned to hold his gun
From Dublin to the Villa del Rio
Where he fought and died beneath the blazing sun

CHORUS

Many Irishmen heard the call of Franco
Joined Hitler and Mussolini too
Propaganda from the pulpit and newspapers
Helped O’Duffy to enlist his crew

The word came from Maynooth, “support the Nazis”
The men of cloth failed again
When the Bishops blessed the Blueshirts in Dun Laoghaire
As they sailed beneath the swastika to Spain

CHORUS

This song is a tribute to Frank Ryan
Kit Conway and Dinny Coady too
Peter Daly, Charlie Regan and Hugh Bonar
Though many died I can but name a few

Danny Boyle, Blaser-Brown and Charlie Donnelly
Liam Tumilson and Jim Straney from the Falls
Jack Nalty, Tommy Patton and Frank Conroy
Jim Foley, Tony Fox and Dick O’Neill

CHORUS

 

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