People attend a protest against the Iranian regime, in Berlin, Germany, - photo Markus Schreiber
People attend a protest against the Iranian regime, in Berlin, Germany, - photo Markus Schreiber

2022 went down as the year of crises and mass movements. Multiple crises – social, political, economic and environmental – are gripping countries across the world. Working-class and young people are faced with a wave of misery caused by the exploitative capitalist system.

While the world poverty level has increased, so has the wealth of the billionaires.

As the crisis of capitalism spreads and intensifies so does the attractiveness of the ideas of socialism to bring a world free of wars, poverty and oppression.

In 2022, we have seen what’s needed to change the world. Working-class and young people are turning out to the streets en masse in heroic movements that have shaken the very core of their countries’ establishments.

In Iran, the slogan “Woman, Life, Freedom” galvanised a whole generation to rise against the dictatorship, repression and poverty. The inspiring mass uprising in Sri Lanka demonstrated to the world that when the masses have nothing to lose, no amount of brutal suppression is going to stop them.

We have also seen unprecedented strikes for pay rises and job security, against attacks on workers’ terms and conditions. November 2022 saw the first national strike against South Africa’s ANC government as workers defended themselves against an assault on public sector pay.

The Socialist Party Black and Asian group is organising a public meeting with key activists from South Africa, Nigeria and Sri Lanka.

Workers are looking for an alternative the world over. Come and hear about these countries’ struggles and how we can win the fight for socialism worldwide.

Saturday 28 January 3-5pm
Indian YMCA, 41 FItzroy Square, London, W1T 6AQ

Speakers include:
Weizmann Hamilton, Marxist Workers Party (South Africa)
HT Soweto, Democratic Socialist Movement (Nigeria)
Siritunga Jayasuriya, United Socialist Party (Sri Lanka)
Isai Marijerla, Socialist Party of England and Wales
Chaired by Deji Olayinka