Mass marches, work protests say: Belarus despot out now

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020
Weekly mass protests continue in Minsk Sept. 20, above, and all across Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko was sworn in as president in secret three days later, after stealing Aug. 9 elections.

Mass protests across Belarus and workers’ work-to-rule slowdowns are keeping pressure on President Alexander Lukashenko to step down since he claimed victory in rigged elections Aug 9. Demonstrators have taken to the streets for weeks demanding he hold new elections…


Mass protests, labor actions say down with Belarus gov’t

Vol. 84/No. 38 - September 28, 2020
Over 100,000 people rally in Minsk, Belarus capital, Sept. 13 demanding President Lukashenko, who falsely claims he won Aug. 9 elections, resign to make way for “free and fair elections.”

Well over 100,000 people flooded the Belarusian capital Minsk demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko Sept. 13, the fifth massive Sunday protest in a row. Simultaneous protests took place in 16 other cities. Ever since Lukashenko blatantly falsified the…


Mine workers in Belarus say, Join protests against gov’t

Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020

Popular mobilizations across Belarus demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko have defied his regime’s police threats against workers and protesters for the past month. Despite a heavy security presence, over 100,000 people rallied in Minsk, the capital, Sept. 6,…


Mongolians protest Beijing attack on language rights

Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020

Thousands of parents, students, teachers, herders and other toilers protested at the beginning of September in cities across Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of grassland and desert in northeast China. They were challenging moves by Beijing to teach key school…


Belarus strikes, protests call on brutal regime to step down

Vol. 84/No. 36 - September 14, 2020

Tens of thousands of people converged in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, Aug. 30, chanting and flying white-red-white opposition colors, as they demanded the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko on his birthday. Blocking their way to his palatial residence were…


Strikes over jobs, wages, safety as workers resist bosses’ attacks

Vol. 84/No. 34 - August 31, 2020
Group of striking New Orleans sanitation workers, called “hoppers,” with SWP 2020 presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy, Aug. 13. After pay cut they’re demanding living wage, safe working conditions.

“I came to support them because the strike is like the one we won last November,” Canadian National trainman Juan Federico Garcia told the Militant  when he joined striking longshore workers in Montreal Aug. 10. He was referring to how…


Belarus protests erupt over presidential election results

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020

Tens of thousands in Belarus took to the streets and built barricades in Minsk, the capital, and many more defied a sweeping security crackdown across the country, to protest the sham reelection Aug. 9 of President Alexander Lukashenko. They chanted…


Sugar workers in Iran on strike since June over unpaid wages

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020
Worker speaks at Aug. 1 rally of some 4,000 on strike at Haft Tappeh sugar complex in Shush. Strikers are demanding months of back pay and safer job conditions. To his right, in white shirts, are three members of Iran’s parliament.

Thousands of factory workers at the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Company in Iran have been on strike since June 12 demanding months of back wages. The strike is the latest in a number of walkouts Haft Tappeh workers have been…


As crisis deepens, workers fight boss attacks on jobs, conditions

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020

Working people around the world are taking action on the shop floor and in the street to resist the propertied rulers’ moves to deepen the exploitation of labor upon which their state power is based. The bosses’ “solution” to the…