Monday, 30 May 2011

Revolution is in the air!"



Never surrender, never give up, never break down and just cash in one's chips and die; and so never will the hopes, aspirations and prayers of millions throughout the world ever evaporate or disappear like a pool of water left behind from a summer shower, if the events of the last 24 hours and a few weeks are anything to go by.

Thousands in France and Greece over the weekend have poured into streets to protest against government corruption, state of progressive putrefaction accompanied by an offensive odour of state aggression and the austerity measures, drawing inspiration from Spain's M-15 movement who in turn were inspired by the recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt.

In Paris, hundreds took part in a protest rally at the Bastille Square, in solidarity and unity with demonstrators in Spain calling for a popular democratic uprising among Europeans, while some 20,000 Greek protesters gathered near the parliament building in Athens demanding similar endeavours.

French protesters also camped out in the cities of Toulouse and Bayonne to express their opposition to the rising unemployment rate and corruption in France

Greek protesters have been staging rallies for five consecutive days, demonstrating against the government's tight austerity measures imposed to rid the country of its debt of EUR 330 billion (USD 467 billion). Greece received an international bailout package of 110-billion (USD 157 billion) last year, and yet I am now reading reports that the IMF are not satisfied with the speed of the Greek government’s measures of implementation., they say the measures fall short of what they require.  

Meanwhile, Spanish protesters have vowed and pledged to stay put at Madrid's central Puerta del Sol square, until the demands of the people are accepted, whilst the demonstrators have been chanting (in unison) slogans in support of Greek and French protesters.

In Spain, protests began after the government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodrigues Zapatero and his Socialist Party (PSOE) government introduced a series of austerity measures to reduce the national deficit. The massive protests have been reportedly inspired by recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt.

The measures include the cutting of civil servant wages, as part of a new plan to curb the budget deficit from 11 percent a year earlier to within three percent of the GDP, a limit set by the European Union by 2013

Egypt

Only yesterday I highlighted the return to Tahrir Square on Friday, and again on Saturday some declaring that they were ready to face martyrdom, less than a day after Egypt’s military rulers used force to break up a protesters’ camp in the place where their revolution began. Chanting slogans and calling for the removal of the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, likening him to ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

The Council had made warning’s earlier in the day that troops would use force if necessary, to clear the square. A bloody pre-dawn crackdown on Saturday followed weeks of rising tensions between the pro-democracy movement and the military leadership that has run the country since Mubarak was ousted in February.

At least two people were killed, while the Health Ministry said one person had died. Hundreds of troops, firing into the air and attacking indiscreetly without discretion, wisdom or self-restraint protesters with electric batons, they swarmed the centre of the square to expel several hundred people who had defied a 2 a.m. curfew after a large but peaceful protest on Friday. Among those who had joined the overnight protesters in the camp were about 20 uniformed soldiers who had broken ranks to demand that the military council move faster to try Mubarak and former members of his regime on corruption charges.

Well one thing is for sure, and that’s what’s accruing in Egypt is ongoing and far from over, and it remains interesting and intriguing but understood as a silent tactic of support that the administration of Barack Obama which had so much to say in January/February along with the leaders of the EU remain supportive of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, no surprises there then!”

Britain

Here in Britain the weekend was full of activity as students and others played dead outside banks, and the police used force to stop and protect 'wrongfully' the property of the robbing parasites, spongers and leeches that have thrown us all into the crises that plagues us today in some way or another.        

So I say well done to those many youngsters and activists who stand-up for the NHS and those that were wrongly arrested – most dressed as hospital patients – lay down at locations like North London HSBC branch and as at banks elsewhere in the country.

Especially singer Billy Bragg who appeared at a bank in Newcastle dressed as a doctor and comic Josie Long ­protesting at Homerton Hospital, East London – a very big well done to you all comrades, and of course UK Uncut for organising and coordinating the demonstrations.

Clearly Revolution is a word that not only falls of people’s tongues these day’s – but gives us all hope and we can start to believe as a class that we are capable of judging all things for ourselves, and marching on to our emancipation under the guidance of our own avowed principles – victory to the working classes everywhere!”

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