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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 September 2020

Trotsky online rally - watched across the world

CWI members in Nigeria watch the rally

CWI members in Nigeria watch the rally   (Click to enlarge)

Over 6,000 people have watched our rally - Leon Trotsky: Why couldn't his idea be killed? - commemorating the 80th anniversary of his assassination. It was organised by the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI), the international socialist organisation the Socialist Party is part of.

On 23 August, some watched on their own, some in pairs and others hosted watch parties. Here you can see socialists in Nigeria gathered together to watch the rally. It was truly an international event, and the speakers illuminated Trotsky's ideas.

You can rewatch it at 'Socialist World - CWI' on Facebook or 'CWI Media' on Youtube. The contribution by Socialist Party political secretary Peter Taaffe, 'the role of Trotskyism', suffered the most technical issues. But you can now see it in full on the CWI's Youtube channel.

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In The Socialist 2 September 2020:


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Eviction ban extension not enough: make it longer, forgive the arrears!

Don't blame asylum seekers for Tory cuts

News in brief


Disability and Covid

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Tate strike: "Coronavirus - no reason to fire us!"

B&Q worker reinstated: Organised response successfully challenges unfair dismissal

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Support Ikea workers - reinstate Richie Venton

London bus drivers poised for strike action


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International

Fight racism, Trump and capitalism

Mass protests in Israel demand Netanyahu's resignation

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No Covid penalty on our future

Black Lives Matter: Fighting injustice, fighting for our rights

Nottingham: Socialists and anti-racists oppose right-wing march

No to polluting incinerator, dumped in working-class Edmonton

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Liverpool: Support 15% pay rise for NHS

Lincoln: Save Drill Hall

Fundraising: An example to follow


Reviews

TV: Once Upon a Time in Iraq

Manctopia: billion pound property boom


 

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