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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 April 2021
Youth under attack
- Fight for the right to protest
- Fight for our future
- Fight capitalism
Demonstrating for the right to protest, Newcastle, April 2021, photo Elaine Brunskill (Click to enlarge)
Tom Green, Birmingham South West Socialist Party
The government has postponed the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill until later in the year. But there is still an ongoing movement to completely kill this authoritarian legislation.
Waves of protests have been sweeping the country for weeks since the bill was introduced. It would net offenders up to ten years in prison for minor 'offences' related to protesting.
Since the Covid pandemic, the Tories have become embroiled in scandal after scandal, exposing further the true nature of capitalism. The Tories feel the need to quell criticism and prepare for any movements that threaten to expose and undermine their profit system.
The protests have been full of young workers and students. And people are planning to take to the streets against the bill again on 17 April.
We young people have taken much of the brunt of recent policies. Two-thirds of the people who have had jobs cut during the pandemic are under 25. Unemployment among black youth has reached the level it was when the Brixton Riots happened in 1981!
It follows that those who have been negatively impacted by the most exploitative capitalist policies would come out in numbers against the same government trying to limit their freedom to protest.
This includes students, angry about paying tuition fees to watch online lessons and rent for accommodation that many haven't used. That's why Socialist Students is holding a national day of action on 21 April.
Our bold agenda includes eliminating tuition fees and student debt, full rent rebates for the duration of the pandemic, and creating an education system which would function for all young people, outside the control of capitalist market forces. This should be part of a fight to replace the capitalist system - which curtails our right to protest, crushes our living standards, and denies us a future - with socialism.
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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.
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In The Socialist 14 April 2021:
'Covid passports' discriminatory and questionable - fight for workplace safety
Covid inquiry? Workers must decide
Tensions escalate in Northern Ireland
How to deal with the tax-dodging mega-rich? Nationalise!
NHS pay: reject Tories' miserly 1% 'offer' - Fight for full 15% rise
Amazon - union vote lost
Tory hypocrisy over housing benefit cut
US cops shoot dead another black man
Every voter in Wales has the opportunity to vote for TUSC
TUSC: Launching a working-class electoral alternative in London
London housing crisis: vote TUSC to fight back
PCS elections: Support the Broad Left Network for a democratic, fighting union leadership
St Mungo's maintenance workers on indefinite strike
Thousands of London bus workers strike across multiple companies
Rally for sacked RMT rep Declan
East London cleaners fight outsourcing and redundancies
Bristol Water workers walk out
SPS Technologies workers end strike after management backs down
Thurrock Council workers strike against pay cuts
Deliveroo workers strike and protest
Lessons from history
1920s-30s Britain: A working-class movement fighting unemployment and capitalism
Youth under attack
Students in action: Protest on 21 April
Why you should join the Socialist Party
Cardiff: Hundreds protest to free Siyanda
Worcester: Kill the Bill
Fighting fund target smashed. Can we do it again?
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