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26-11 Greek Strikes - 2 Greek working class unites, strikes for health, safety and rights amid COVID-19

Workers, teachers, doctors, students and youth groups in Greece observed a nationwide general strike on November 26, putting forward a set of urgent demands in sectors including health care, education, public transport, and other areas of employment

Major COVID-19 outbreak in Belmarsh prison, Assange’s family raise alarm

According to Julian Assange’s partner, Stella Moris, at least 56 inmates were found to be infected in the block where he is held. Assange, along with nearly 200 other inmates of his house block, had been under lockdown since November 18

General Strike -Greece Greece gears up for a massive national strike against government’s handling of COVID-19

Workers, teachers and youth groups in Greece have called for a general strike on November 26 and have put forward a series of demands in sectors such as health care, education and other areas of employment

EUs anti-communism -Italy Italian local councils reject EU’s anti-communist resolution

The local councils of Granarolo in Bologna and San Giuliano Terme in Pisa have passed motions denouncing the controversial anti-communist resolution passed by the European Parliament last year which equates communism to Nazi-fascism

Global Security Bill-France Protests against proposed ‘global security’ law continue in France 

The French government introduced a bill which grants more autonomy to local police, expands use of surveillance drones and portable cameras by police patrols, and makes illegal the dissemination of images where police officers can be identified

Czech Protests Czech communists demand affordable housing for Prague dwellers

A campaign was organized on the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution on November 17 to protest the severe housing crisis in Prague and to highlight the plight of the country 31 years after the transition from communist rule

New French security bill could make it harder to hold police accountable

Protests took place across France to oppose the recently introduced Global Security bill. This bill criminalizes filming on-duty police officers if they are identifiable and if harm is intended.

Slovak Protests On anniversary of ‘Velvet Revolution,’ Slovakian left denounces betrayal of people

Every year, rallies are held in Slovakia on the anniversary of the ‘Velvet Revolution’ which marked the transition from communism. This year, the left and other sections too protested against the government and the policies of the past three decades

Greek protestors face police repression on anniversery of Polytechnic Uprising

Hundreds of protestors in Greece were met with the riot police and dozens arrested as they commemorated the 47th anniversary of the 1973 Athens Polytechnic uprising

Polytechnic Uprising -Greece Defying police deployment, Greeks commemorate 47th anniversary of Polytechnic uprising

The Athens Polytechnic uprising of 1973 was a key moment in the resistance to the right-wing junta that then ruled Greece. This year, the New Democracy government had tried to ban commemorative gatherings citing COVID-19

Right to picket-UK Union lawsuit wins UK workers right to picket during lockdown 

During the proceedings in a lawsuit filed by Unite union against police and health authorities for threatening workers on strike, the UK government confirmed that workers on lawful industrial action have the right to picket their workplace during the COVID-19 lockdown

European govts. used the pandemic to expand the private sector

Alexis Benos of the People’s Health Movement talks about the failures of the governments in Europe in preparing for the second wave of the pandemic. He also explains the demands of people’s movements

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