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Pakistan: Killings in Karachi spark mass workers resistance – forward to revolution and working class power!

In Karachi on Saturday 12 May members of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), part of the ruling coalition in the Sindh provincial government, which supports the regime of General Pervez Musharraf, launched a vicious armed assault on the opposition movement. As violent clashes followed, the military put some 14,000 troops onto Pakistan’s streets operating a shoot-to-kill policy, which left over 50 people dead and some 150 injured. On May 14th the opposition responded with a nationwide strike, which paralysed Pakistan’s main cities. Luke Cooper reports on the pre-revolutionary situation and argues the working class must be won to the struggle for power. Read more...

Pakistan: Down with the military regime! No state of emergency! For an all out general strike!

This article was written by the League for the Fifth International (LFI) and our supporters in Pakistan. On Saturday up to 100,000 people protested. Now we are moving into a critical situation as the government threatens to call a “state of emergency” – the working class movement must be won to a general strike to block such action and bring down the regime. Read more...

West Bengal: Stalinists massacre peasants

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) controlled Left Front government of West Bengal has vowed to press ahead with plans to allow the building of an Indonesian owned chemical plant in the state following the massacre of Nandigram peasants opposed to its development. Read more...

Nepalese Maoists join government

After 10 years of guerrilla struggle in the countryside, Nepal’s Maoist party has agreed to join the ruling government coalition of capitalist Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala. Read more...

Sri Lanka: defend the Tamils

The ongoing offensive by government forces in Sri Lanka is part of a new phase in the Sinhala chauvinist coalition’s attempts to defeat the Tamil Tigers, the main armed force amongst the Tamil minority. It marks the de facto collapse of a ceasefire brokered by Norwegian mediation in 2002, which ended almost 20 years of war. The ceasefire led to no serious concessions to the Tamils demands. It was effectively ripped up by the new government of Prime minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake in 2005. Read more...

Pakistan: Crisis deepens as lawyers clash with state police

On 16th – 17th March thousands of lawyers held further protests against the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. The protests have become an outlet for popular discontent with the military regime and there have been a number of clashes with the police. Read more...

Pakistan: As thousands of lawyers protest against actions of military dictatorship - fight for a sovereign constituent assembly!

This article was written in collaboration between the League for the Fifth International and our supporters in Pakistan. It will be circulated on the further protests of lawyers taking place on Friday and Saturday

On the 9th March president Musharraf suspended the Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on spurious charges including unspecified ‘misconduct’, ‘misuse of authority’ and ‘actions prejudicial to the dignity of office of the chief justice of Pakistan’. The truth is that Chaudhry has been suspended because he has not been the pliant stooge Musharraf had wanted when he was appointed as Chief Justice in 2005. Chaudhry has established himself as something of a maverick and in particular he has taken up the cases of those disappeared by the security services and recently declared privatisation of the state run steel mills unlawful. Read more...

Bangladesh: street battles push Awami League one step closer to power – but is it a real alternative for the working class and poor?

Over the last few months Bangladesh has experienced serious political unrest, with a nationwide general strike culminating in a huge street blockade of the capital Dhakar. This was organised by the coalition led by the main opposition party, the Awami League (AL). The aim was to postpone the upcoming elections, create a new voter list and install a new electoral commission. These mass mobilisations were met not only with violent police repression but also by a counter-mobilisation by its main rival the Bangladeshi national Party (BNP) which had been in power from 2001 until last year before it gave way, as the constitution demanded, to an interim government tasked with preparing the elections. Read more...

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