Thousands defy Australia gov’t, protest brutality

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Thousands defy Australia gov’t, protest brutality

SYDNEY — Tens of thousands protested across Australia June 5-6, including more than 20,000 here, in solidarity with U.S. demonstrations against the police killing of George Floyd as well as against Aboriginal deaths in police custody. The cops in New…



Hong Kong workers mark Tiananmen Square massacre

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Hong Kong workers mark Tiananmen Square massacre

Thousands poured into Victoria Park in Hong Kong June 4 in an annual event to honor those who gave their lives fighting for political rights in 1989 in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. They cast aside metal barriers set up by the…


Protest in Syria: Down with Assad! Moscow, Tehran out of our country

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Mainly youthful protesters in Suweida, southern Syria, June 7, chanted “Get out Bashar,” and “Syria is for us, it is not for Assad’s family.” They called for Russian and Iranian forces, which have propped up Bashar al-Assad’s regime during brutal civil conflicts since 2011, to get out.

Chanting, “The people want the fall of the regime” and other slogans calling for the toppling of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, hundreds of demonstrators marched in Suweida June 7. This is an area in Syria where most people backed Assad…


‘Building socialism is a voluntary task of free men and women’

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Faced with provocations and war threats from Washington in 1980 as struggles spread across Latin America and the Caribbean, including revolutions by workers and farmers in Nicaragua and Grenada, millions of working people mobilized across Cuba in defense of their revolution.

Cuba’s Internationalist Foreign Policy 1975-80 by Fidel Castro is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for June. Castro was the central leader of the Cuban Revolution that triumphed in 1959. Excerpted here is his 1980 “Speech to the Fighting…


SWP ‘stimulus’ appeal climbs over $116,000

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020

In the last week the Socialist Workers Party “stimulus” appeal grew by $11,200 to a total of $116,200, from 11 more people, for a total of 105 contributors. Many contributions come with notes. “Enclosed is my contribution from ‘stimulus’ payments…


Frank Gorton built communist movement in Canada, UK, US

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Frank Gorton, far right with bullhorn, was union spokesperson in 1969 demonstration for wage parity between skilled, unskilled workers at Raleigh bike factory in Nottingham, England.

MONTREAL — The political activity and contributions of Frank Gorton, a 56-year cadre of the world communist movement, were celebrated here at a May 31 event sponsored by the Communist League. Gorton dedicated his life to building communist parties in…


Worldwide protests say, ‘End police brutality!’

Workers, youth march in cities, towns, rural areas across US
Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Old Bridge, New Jersey, June 4, one of hundreds — perhaps thousands — of protests that have exploded in small towns across U.S. after Minneapolis cops brutally killed George Floyd.

More than two weeks after Minneapolis cops brutally killed George Floyd, protests on an unprecedented scale continue to sweep the world. From big cities to rural towns in the U.S. and elsewhere, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, have joined…


French auto workers strike over Renault plant closures

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Renault workers lead 1,000 autoworkers and their supporters in June 6 march to plant that bosses say they want to shutter. Lead banner says, “No to the closing of the Renault-Choisy factory after 70 years of existence.” Workers chanted, “We won’t move! Renault-Choisy is ours!”

Facing plant closings by the bosses at Renault, autoworkers in France are organizing strikes and protest rallies against company plans to eliminate 4,600 jobs nationwide. These actions have forced the company to back off  from some of the plant closings…


Workers fight boss attacks on jobs, pay, work conditions

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020

From airlines to auto plants, oil companies to food packing, bosses around the world are pushing to crank up production as governments lift onerous lockdowns, opening the door for the employers to ratchet up cutthroat capitalist competition for markets and…