National Sections of the L5I:

Czech Republic

No to US military bases! No to imperialism!

Leaflet to the International Conference Against US Bases, taking place on the 5th May in Prague, Czech Republic

The greatest power in the world, the USA, has already has military bases in nearly 20 countries. Amongst the countries with US military bases on their territory are, for example, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, several island states etc. And that is if we don’t count the countries attacked and occupied by United States forces. Read more...

Statement from the SOP on the Skoda strike

Current strike after the break down of negotiations at Skoda VW Mlada Boleslav will have without any doubts great impact on all workers’ struggles for higher wages and better working conditions in coming years. Trade unions at Skoda were one of the few who were in the past years able to successfully fight for decent conditions, with the last strike two years ago. Good economic results of the company, surge of profits and sold cars, have signalled to the Skoda workers that it is their credit as producers and that it should be reflected also in their pay - not only in the wallets of shareholders who hardy lift their hands. Read more...

Prague: Actions against US base gain momentum

When it became known last summer that the US administration was proposing to build a missile base in either the Czech Republic or Poland, the immediate result was the building of opposition campaigns in both countries. The first opinion polls showed that 83% of Czech citizens were against any US military base and there were similar results in Poland. Read more...

No to the dissolution of KSM!

Though the decision came under the government of rightwing ODS (Civic Democratic Party, the main bourgeois party in Czech rep.), the ministry nitiated it already under the rule of the Czech Social Democratic Party. This banning is a result of a hysterical anti-communist campaign against the “adult” Communist Party of Czechia and Moravia (KSM), with which the KSM stands in solidarity. KSM was chosen as a target because of its relative weakness. At the same time this decision can and will serve as precedent for further attacks not only on KSM but also on other far-left groups and individuals, including these that do not have in their tradition glorification of the former Stalinist regime, such as Trotskyist or anarchists. Read more...

ASt statement on the banning of the KSM

On the 12 October in the Czech republic the capitalist state declared that they would ban the Communist Union of Youth (KSM). The KSM is the youth organization of the Czech and Moravian Communist Party (KSCM), a party which received over 12.8% of the votes in the 2006 elections. This ban had already been threatened for some time. The reasons cited for this repression speak volumes about the class character of the bourgeois state machine. Read more...

ESF Preparatory Assembly: Paralysis in Prague

The European Social Forum has passed up an important opportunity to break new ground in Central and Eastern Europe, to focus on the immediate struggles facing the European working class and, indeed, to co-ordinate those struggles.

As has happened all too often, a handful of “leading” delegates grabbed control of the agenda and ensured that the 150 participants spent the full three days discussing the themes for the next ESF, 11 months away. Read more...

Athens ESF : Paralysis in Prague

The European Social Forum has passed up an important opportunity to break new ground in Central and Eastern Europe, to focus on the immediate struggles facing the European working class and, indeed, to co-ordinate those struggles. Read more...

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