National Sections of the L5I:

Youth

France: transport strikes and student occupations start fightback!

France once again ground to a halt yesterday, less than a month after a highly successful rail strike paralysed the country. This time the strike was just as effective. Train drivers at the state-owned SNCF rail company stopped work on the night of Tuesday 13 November, and the shutdown was extended yesterday to the Paris Metro. 300 kilometres (190 miles) of traffic jams were reported on roads heading into Paris, twice the usual size. Read more...

Danish workers and youth shows the way – rise against the cuts!

The Danish working class have started to seriously resist the policy of cuts proposed by the new conservative government. Swedish workers and youth, experiencing the return of an openly bourgeois government for the first time in 12 years, have a lot to learn from its Danish brothers and sisters. The mass demonstrations in 10 Danish cities on the 3rd of October, the opening day of Folketinget (the Danish parliament), was a show of force that was accompanied by advanced methods of struggle. Read more...

No to the dissolution of KSM!

Though the decision came under the government of rightwing ODS (Civic Democratic Party, the main bourgeois party in Czech rep.), the ministry nitiated it already under the rule of the Czech Social Democratic Party. This banning is a result of a hysterical anti-communist campaign against the “adult” Communist Party of Czechia and Moravia (KSM), with which the KSM stands in solidarity. KSM was chosen as a target because of its relative weakness. At the same time this decision can and will serve as precedent for further attacks not only on KSM but also on other far-left groups and individuals, including these that do not have in their tradition glorification of the former Stalinist regime, such as Trotskyist or anarchists. Read more...

ASt statement on the banning of the KSM

On the 12 October in the Czech republic the capitalist state declared that they would ban the Communist Union of Youth (KSM). The KSM is the youth organization of the Czech and Moravian Communist Party (KSCM), a party which received over 12.8% of the votes in the 2006 elections. This ban had already been threatened for some time. The reasons cited for this repression speak volumes about the class character of the bourgeois state machine. Read more...

1907: First Youth International

In the global movement against the war in Iraq, young people, in their hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets and led the way with militant direct action against the war. Yet, on the official organisational committees of the anti-war and anti-capitalist movement they are a tiny minority. In response, many young people are starting to discuss the need to build a new youth international. Jeremy Dewar draws the lessons we can learn from the first youth international. Read more...

Chile: the "uprising of the penguins"

From Diego, a sympathiser of the League for the Fifth International, in Santiago, Chile.

In Chile in May and early June this year, 1,300,000 secondary school students engaged in over a month of struggle against the neoliberal organisation of education. Because of their school uniforms consisting of a black blazer and white shirt their nickname is “the penguins”. Thus their militant struggle, which included fierce clashes with the brutal police force inherited from dictator Augusto Pinochet, their struggle came known as the uprising of the penguins— (el levantamiento de los pinguinos), Read more...

Greece: Students fight neoliberal education reform!

The last three weeks have seen a huge rebellion by workers and students in Greece against government plans for neoliberal reforms of higher education. As many as 100,000 students have occupied over 350 university departments over the last three to four weeks. University lecturers have also held a series of walkouts against the reforms. Read more...

Athens ESF: Appeal for the building of a new Revolutionary Youth International

Neo-liberalism can be defeated! That is the message from the momentous struggle of the French youth, students and workers against the CPE. Bold militant and courageous action that shakes the governments of the rich and powerful is the way forward for our great movement. Chric and De Villepin wanted to legalise precarite – our movement said no! Read more...