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South-Asia

Pakistan: lawyers make courageous stand

Today, lawyers have launched three days of protests, opposing the state of emergency that began on Saturday and has effectively eliminated any pretence of judicial independence from General Musharraf. Law courts in every city of Pakistan were shut. Just as in March, when lawyers came onto the streets opposing the suspension of Chief Justice Chaudhry, today lawyers challenged the power of the military once more. But their actions are all the more courageous now, given the total ban on public political activity and the mass arrests of opposition activists - numbering several thousands since Saturday. Read more...

Statement against the state of emergency

Statement of Revolutionary Socialist Movement and League for the Fifth International on the state of emergency in Pakistan

• Defy the state of emergency!
• Mass demonstrations now against the state of emergency! Read more...

Pakistan: Revolution and Reaction

The struggle for the future of Pakistan continues apace. Bhutto and Musharraf still look to form a coalition government in the spring – despite the terrorist attacks on the PPP. The “war on terror” in the border regions threatens to turn into a full scale civil war. The masses desire democracy, agrarian reform and an end to the neoliberal offensive. In this joint resolution of the Revolutionary Socialist Movement and League for the Fifth International we analyse Pakistan’s revolutionary crisis and how it can be turned into a socialist revolution against capitalism and imperialism. Read more...

Bangladesh: end of the old order

In mid September, Bangladeshi garment workers in Dhaka organised a 10,000 strong demonstration, in open defiance of the emergency laws, demanding higher wages and improved conditions of work. Garments are Bangladesh’s biggest single export earner, accounting for 75% of total export earnings last year. The company directly involved, the Nassa Group, produces for cheap clothing outlets like Wal-Mart in the US and Primark in the UK. Read more...

Fight for a constituent assembly

Pakistan’s military dictator Pervez Musharraf was in a dire situation this summer. Having suspended the country’s Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in March, his regime was destabilised by the huge street protests and a 48-hour general strike, mobilised to resist this decision. This movement started amongst lawyers, but was soon joined by the workers and the urban poor. Protesters numbered tens of thousands, waves of strike action called by unions close to the opposition parties shut the country down. Armed clashes erupted between pro- and anti-Musharraf forces. Read more...

Rising tide of struggle

India’s headlong rush to open up its economy to foreign capital and exploitation by multinational corporations is meeting increasing militant resistance from workers and peasants, Dalits and indigenous peoples. Read more...

Pakistan at the crossroads: dangers and opportunities ahead

The crisis in Pakistan is at a major crossroads. President Musharraf has sought to re-establish his authority by moving against Islamic militants operating out of Islamabad’s Red Mosque, sparking a wave of violence across Pakistan. Meanwhile, Chief Justice Chaudhry has been reinstated and cleared of all charges in a huge victory for the lawyers movement. Luke Cooper argues, despite this victory, the forces of counter-revolution are on the move. Read more...

War and neoliberalism in Sri Lanka and the tasks of revolutionaries

A disaster faces the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. War and economic instability is causing suffering of the Sri Lanka masses and only socialism can offer a way out. Read more...

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