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Posted on 24 March 2020 at 15:33 GMT
Protest against Facebook censorship
A Socialist Party press release
The Socialist Party supports all measures necessary to protect all people from the threat of the coronavirus.
Yet this must be done on a fully democratic basis without any unnecessary infringement on civil and democratic liberties.
Today (24 March) the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) which the Socialist Party is affiliated to, attempted to do a live broadcast on Facebook on the coronavirus crisis.
Following this broadcast the video of it was blocked on Facebook in an act of political censorship.
We demand that Facebook reverse this. The Socialist Party, trade unionists and all workers must act to defend all civil liberties, including freedom of expression during this crisis.
We urge protests to be made to Facebook to reverse this. This can be done by contacting Facebook through its platform help centre directly.
For the Socialist Party's articles and reports on the coronavirus crisis go to: www.socialistparty.org.uk/coronavirus
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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.
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