Resistance across continents revealed in Manila conference

As a million people demonstrate in Cairo today to pursue fundamental changes after Mubarak’s downfall, internationalists gathered in Manila, Philippines reveal more protests and resistance from various peoples across major continents.

After gaining world attention from the media for 18 days leading to the crucial regime change, the Egyptians are now putting forward socio-economic and democratic demands such as more equitable wages, retaking of privatized enterprises, constitutional reforms, free elections, independence for organizations, recovery of some $70 billion in corrupted wealth and the prosecution of all criminals associated with Mubarak.

Aside from Egypt, the Palestinian people’s resistance against Israeli occupation continues to be the biggest threat to US interests in the Arab world. Calls for boycott and sanctions against Israel and the pullout of US support are made.

These developments are aired openly at the assembly of the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS) by more than 400 delegates from 40 countries.

The armed resistance in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan against US occupational forces and its local client regimes were among the struggles cited at the assembly. It also bared the little-known armed resistance in Northeast India against Indian capitalist expansion and US presence in the region.

Strikes and demonstrations in Europe against austerity measures and social cuts, especially in Greece and in Portugal, were recognized as part of the worldwide resistance against the protracted depression.

Wim de Ceukelaire from Belgium said that workers and peoples from different countries “face the same enemy and the current crisis sharpens the contradictions leading unions, parties and movements to take strong roots in the resistance.”

He quoted Egyptian journalist Hossam el-Hamalawy who wrote in the Guardian “to take Tahrir to the factories, the universities, the workplaces.”

Halfway across the globe, representatives from Ecuador, Honduras and Puerto Rico also have their own respective national “resistance popular front”, as peasants and indigenous peoples assert land redistribution, fight transnational corporations, battle ecological destruction and US-supported repressive regimes.

A member in the newly established democratic parliament in Nepal, Ram Bahadur, said that they are now working for on a new constitution despite delays this year. His party, now more than one-third of parliament, also engaged in armed struggle since 1996.

Meanwhile, Japanese representative Cho Akira of the Asia Wide Campaign said that the Japanese are now working against nuclear power plants after the disastrous meltdown in Fukushima this year. They are also calling for the pullout of military bases in Japan and against the US-Japan security treaty.

The ILPS assembly issued a resolution to forge solidarity for national and social liberation as it wraps up its gathering today.

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