7 MARCH 2017.
COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA (MARXIST) DENOUNCES THE FASCIST PARAMILITARY FORCE “RSS”.
NEW DELHI- The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) ( CPI-M) condemned the threats of the National Volunteer Organization (RSS), the fascist paramilitary force, against the Kerala Chief Minister.
The Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was threatened by the National Volunteer Organization (RSS) leader in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh announcing “a Rs. 1 crore bounty for the Chief Minister’s head”. This reconfirmed the terror of RSS backed by the Hinduist BJP government escalating in recent months. The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) condemned the threats of the RSS, the fascist paramilitary force.
Only last week, the student wing of the RSS, the All Indian Student Council (ABVP) first disrupted a seminar being organized in Ramjas College and then attacked the students, teachers protesting the ABVP and also the media, injuring several people.
The Delhi Police were protested of neglecting the attack, with the participation of the Delhi University Teachers Association and the Academic Council. During the march the protestors were also attacked by the Delhi Police.
The attacks and threats were condemned by the Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demanding immediate action in accordance with law by the state and the central governments. The CPI(M) underlined the collaboration of RSS and the BJP concerning the escalating pressure.
* * *
NEW WAVE OF POLITICAL PROSECUTION AGAINST KPP BEGINS.
WARSAW- The prosecutor’s office demanded a new prosecution against the Communist Party of Poland, accusing with “reference to Marxist-Leninist ideology” and “promotion of totalitarian system”.
The prosecuter’s office started a new prosecution against the Communist Party of Poland (KPP). The KPP and the editorial staff of Brzask were accsued of “referring the Marxist-Leninist ideology” and “promoting a totalitarian regime.” A regional court in Dąbrowa Górnicza has decided to discontinue the legal proceedure with the same accusations last year.
The first sentence over this case was issued last year. The accused KPP members were convicted for 9 months of social works and fines. After the submittion of appeals, the court has decided to disconrinue the prosecution. The legality of KPP and the Brzask were underlined in the verdict. The court also mentioned that “identification with communist ideology is not subjected to punishment” in it’s verdict.
The new case was considered as ” a new wave of attack” by the KPP.
* * *
CLASHES BETWEEN PRO AND ANTI-TRUMP SUPPORTERS IN CALIFORNIA.
Source: Press Agencies.
BERKELEY- Supporters of Donald Trump clashed with counter-protesters at a rally in the famously left-leaning city of Berkeley, California, on a day of mostly peaceful gatherings in support of the U.S. president across the country.
At a park in Berkeley, across the bay from San Francisco, protesters from both sides struck one another over the head with wooden sticks and Trump supporters fired pepper spray as police in riot gear stood at a distance.
Some in the pro-Trump crowd, holding American flags, faced off against black-clad opponents. An elderly Trump supporter was struck in the head and kicked on the ground.
Organizers of the so-called Spirit of America rallies in at least 28 the country’s 50 states had said they expected smaller turn-outs than the huge crowds of anti-Trump protesters that clogged the streets of Washington and other cities the day after the Republican’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
“There are a lot of angry groups protesting and we thought it was important to show our support,” said Peter Boykin, president of Gays for Trump, who helped organize Saturday’s rally in Washington.
In many towns and cities, the rallies did not draw more than a few hundred people. At some, supporters of the president were at risk of being outnumbered by small groups of anti-Trump protesters who gathered to shout against the rallies.
In Berkeley, the total crowd of both supporters and detractors numbered 200 to 300 people, police spokesman Byron White said. Three people were injured in the clash, including one who had teeth knocked out, and police made five arrests.
* * *
ARGENTINA TEACHERS UNIONS STRIKE, BOYCOTTING FIRST DAY OF CLASSES.
BUENOS AIRES- Argentine teachers kicked off a 48-hour national strike Monday that postponed the scheduled beginning of the classes in the country in order to demand better working conditions and salary increases, an issue that has been a constant point of tension and cause for confrontation with President Mauricio Macri’s government.
Public and private unions have joined the march, which began at 10:00 a.m. local time in Buenos Aires, departing from Congress en route to the Ministry of Education. Several provinces have organized other strikes since January.
The Confederation of Education Workers of the Argentine Republic, also known as CTERA, and the Argentine Union of Private Teachers announced that despite the attempts at dialogues with local governments, they have not been able to reach agreements with the authorities.
The main point of contention is that the Macri government handed decision-making authority on minimum wage policies for teachers over to provincial governments. Teachers, on the other hand, advocate for salary negotiation at a national level.
The teachers have asked for a 35 percent wage increase to compensate for the high inflation rate, which in 2016 reached more than 40 percent in the country.
The majority of the local governments proposed an 18 percent increase that would be paid in four parts, which is roughly US$16 per month in each quarter term, depending on the level of teaching experience.
In the province of Buenos Aires the government has opted to deduct from teachers’ salaries for every day of the strike and asked for sanctions against the participating unions.
President Mauricio Macri was also set to inaugurate Monday classes at the “25 de Mayo” school in Volcan, in the province of Jujuy, even though teachers announced there would be no classes in that province as a result of the strike.
Jujuy shot into the national and international spotlight last year when it became known after Milagro Sala, an Indigenous activist and lawmaker, was jailed in the province for protesting against Jujuy Governor Gerardo Morales.
Meanwhile, for the first time since entering office, Macri’s support fell below 40 percent, according to a survey by the Center for Public Opinion Studies. The percentage of Argentines who think highly or very highly of the president sits at 38 percent, while those who think poorly or very poorly surpassed 57 percent.