Democratic Rights in Europe
Clara Campos of the Julian Assange Defence Committee:
By Clara Campos, 17 May 2019
We are publishing here the remarks of Clara Campos, a representative of the Julian Assange Defence Committee, who spoke at the May 12 meeting in London in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.
By Marianne Arens, 16 May 2019
The Committee for the Prevention of Torture detailed methods that are both brutal and shocking.
Right-wing outcry over student protest against anti-Muslim “headscarf conference” at German university
16 May 2019
Legitimate criticisms of right-wing and racist positions are criminalised and denounced as “attacks on academic freedom” and “ideological terror.”
By Peter Schwarz, 8 May 2019
The growth of the extreme right is the result of the systematic political, ideological and organisational support provided by the media, the establishment parties and the state.
By Will Morrow, 4 May 2019
The government’s crude fabrication was aimed at casting the “yellow vest” protests as criminal and morally reprehensible, and justifying police state violence.
By Robert Stevens, 3 May 2019
The British government and the judiciary are doing everything possible to facilitate the US capture of the journalist who has been found guilty of nothing more than a bail offence.
“Today’s protest is a symbol of the fight for freedom”
By our reporters, 3 May 2019
WSWS reporters spoke to demonstrators outside Westminster Magistrates Court protesting plans to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the US.
By John Vassilopoulos, 30 April 2019
The Syriza government has been at the forefront of cracking down on refugees as part of the European Union’s anti-immigrant agenda.
“Assange can only be defended by an international movement of the working class”
By Christoph Vandreier, 27 April 2019
Christoph Vandreier, Deputy National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Germany and a candidate in the European elections, addressed a rally in front of the Ecuadorian embassy in Berlin in defense of the Wikileaks publisher.
By Alejandro López, 26 April 2019
European Union sources are warning of prolonged political instability and looking to the PSOE and Podemos for an answer.
By our reporters, 26 April 2019
Teams from the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party, SGP) recently spoke with workers and youth in Stuttgart, inviting them to its April 27 election meeting and distributed WSWS material calling for freedom for Julian Assange.
By our reporters, 25 April 2019
The lively demonstration organised by the Julian Assange Defence Campaign was supported by the Socialist Equality Party and World Socialist Web Site.
By Sybille Fuchs, 23 April 2019
Following a 17-month investigation, the prosecutor’s office in Gera has ceased its investigation into the activities of the group of performance artists known as the Centre for Political Beauty.
By Anthony Torres, 19 April 2019
Socialist Equality Party members intervened at the rally on Saturday in defence of Assange at the invitation of the alternative news site Le Grand Soir.
13 April 2019
Ulrich Rippert, the chairman of the Socialist Equality Party, addressed a rally in front of the British embassy in Berlin, Germany, demanding the freedom of WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange.
By Wolfgang Weber, 13 April 2019
The new law would provide the three intelligence agencies with almost unlimited powers to monitor and spy on domestic and foreign citizens.
By Alejandro López, 13 April 2019
In the Orwellian atmosphere being stoked up by the ruling class in the run up to the April 28 general election, it is the victims of police brutality that are denounced as aggressors.
By Niles Niemuth, 12 April 2019
After nearly seven years of confinement to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Assange now faces the possibility of a year in a UK prison and extradition to the United States.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 April 2019
The handing over of Assange to his British and US persecutors is part of a sharp drive to the right by the corruption-stained government of Lenín Moreno.
Westminster Magistrates Court
By our reporter, 12 April 2019
“There was no jury and no chance to mount a proper defence or have a proper hearing. It is clear the judge was extremely prejudiced,” Murray said.
By Statement of the World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 12 April 2019
The World Socialist Web Site emphatically condemns the forcible seizure and arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By Justus Leicht and Peter Schwarz, 9 April 2019
For the past 16 months the prosecutor’s office in the city of Gera has been investigating an artistic association known as the Center for Political Beauty on suspicion of “forming a criminal organisation.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 April 2019
The Ecuadorian regime, and its co-conspirators in the British and US governments, are engaged in a sordid and illegal conspiracy to terminate the political asylum of the WikiLeaks founder.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 6 April 2019
The Socialist Equality Party (Australia) condemns the stepped-up preparations to expel Julian Assange from London’s Ecuadorian embassy and to force him into the custody of the British police. WikiLeaks reported today that it has information, from a source in the Ecuadorian state, that Assange’s eviction from the building, where he sought asylum in 2012, will occur “within hours or days.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 April 2019
The publisher warned that a “high-level source” within the Ecuadorian state had information that Assange would be expelled from the building and taken into British custody “within hours or days.”
Youth and students speak in support of upcoming meetings series: “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It”
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality - US, 5 April 2019
This speaking tour is a major political event and is taking place against the backdrop of a global promotion of extreme right politics by bourgeois parties around the world.
By Oscar Grenfell, 3 April 2019
Moreno accused Assange of “repeatedly violating the conditions of his asylum,” to create a pretext to hand him over to British and US authorities.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 March 2019
Prevented from holding a meeting with the journalist, Assange defiantly protested and condemned Ecuadorian officials for operating as “agents of the US government.”
By Gregor Link, 28 March 2019
The Left Party voted in the Brandenburg state legislature for a new police law that increases the repressive powers of the state.
By Justus Leicht and Johannes Stern, 27 March 2019
Two months before the European elections, the European Parliament has pushed through a directive to enforce the use of so-called upload filters in social media, thus further censoring the internet.
By Steve James, 26 March 2019
Bloody Sunday is one of the most notorious crimes of British imperialism. The massacre took place three years into the deployment of tens of thousands of British troops to Northern Ireland.
By Clara Weiss, 22 March 2019
The two laws are part of an international campaign by the ruling class to crack down on the internet.
By Anthony Torres, 21 March 2019
This is the first time since the 1954–1962 Algerian war that the army is to be mobilized in policing operations on French soil against the population.
By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 12 March 2019
The SGP calls on all individuals, organizations, and institutions that defend democratic rights to support the suit against the secret service’s attacks.
By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 12 March 2019
The following lawsuit was submitted by lawyer Dr. Pier Stolle to the Berlin administrative court on 24 January against the Federal Interior Ministry.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Political Committee, 5 March 2019
The demonstration in Sydney won broad support on the basis of mobilising the working class to defend democratic rights and class war prisoners such as Julian Assange.
By Will Morrow, 28 February 2019
Political parties that have been denouncing left-wing opposition to social inequality as anti-Semitic are engaged in a filthy campaign of anti-Muslim propaganda.
25 February 2019
The following resolution was adopted by a meeting in Cambridge convened by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), on Saturday February 23, 2019.
By Will Morrow, 22 February 2019
The French president is stepping up police-state policies, highlighted by the violent crackdown on “yellow vest” protesters.
By our reporters, 20 February 2019
“I’m going to come to the rally to defend freedom of speech and freedom of the press”—Adam, University of NSW.
By Will Morrow and Alex Lantier, 19 February 2019
France’s ruling elite is unleashing a provocative media campaign over a verbal confrontation between protesters and right-wing commentator Alain Finkielkraut.
16 February 2019
“It is imperative that we pressure the Australian government to make sure its citizen, Julian Assange, is protected from the lawlessness of the American empire.”
By Robert Stevens, 7 February 2019
While avoiding jail sentences, the 15 were still found guilty and now have criminal records.
By Bjørn Halvorsen, 5 February 2019
The Anonymous leaks expose an anti-democratic conspiracy against the anti-war views of the Norwegian public.
By Robert Stevens, 2 February 2019
Facebook will play a major role in determining what voices Europe’s population are allowed to hear.
By James Cogan, 30 January 2019
WikiLeaks is a media organization that exercised the legally-protected rights of the press to published leaked information.
By Marianne Arens, 22 January 2019
Lawyer Basay-Yildiz has received another message threatening her and her family apparently originating from the neo-Nazi network located in Germany’s police apparatus.
By Will Moreau, 11 January 2019
The outpouring of popular support for Dettinger has triggered a hysterical campaign by the Macron government against the ex-boxer and those supporting him.
By Marianne Arens, 11 January 2019
On Monday night, a further 36 refugees were deported to Kabul, including a number who had lived and worked for years in Germany and had no idea they were at risk.
By Markus Salzmann, 9 January 2019
On Saturday, in freezing temperatures, about 10,000 people demonstrated again in Budapest against the right-wing government of Prime Minister Victor Orbán.
By Anthony Torres, 4 January 2019
The ruling elite is sending a signal that it aims to criminalize and persecute all expressions of genuine political opposition.
By James Cogan, 4 January 2019
Not a word about Rudy Giuliani’s Fox News interview has been said by the political and media establishment in the US, Europe or Australia.
By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2018
With the working class unable to articulate its own independent interests, a crisis-ridden Tory government is moving to rapidly enact its reactionary Brexit agenda.
By Marianne Arens, 19 December 2018
Evidence has emerged that a neo-fascist cell active in the German police has threatened immigrant families and their children.
By Margot Miller, 17 December 2018
The defendants, who are preparing to appeal the verdict, potentially face life in prison for preventing the departure of an immigration removal flight.
By Oscar Grenfell, 14 December 2018
The WikiLeaks publisher, whose health appears to be deteriorating, made the comments at a hearing against the Ecuadorian government’s “Special Protocol,” aimed at forcing him into British and US custody.
By Patrick Martin, 13 December 2018
The magazine’s “Person of the Year” went to journalists facing persecution for their efforts to uncover the truth, but only those whose efforts were aligned with US foreign policy.
By Kumaran Ira, 10 December 2018
Macron tries to intimidate the “yellow vests” by persecuting one of the founders of the movement.
By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 9 December 2018
The French president’s attempts to staunch the protests through a combination of phony concessions and state violence have clearly failed.
By James Cogan, 6 December 2018
The lack of any case against WikiLeaks explains the scurrilous allegations by the Guardian newspaper last week.
By Andre Damon, 5 December 2018
Sections of the press in France and the United States have seized upon the “yellow vest” demonstrations to directly demand the suppression of popular opposition on social media.
By The World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 3 December 2018
This weekend’s anti-austerity demonstrations in France have shown the working class to be not just an oppressed class, but a revolutionary class.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 November 2018
The rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) was made possible by huge contributions from billionaire August von Finck, whose father financed Hitler and made a fortune by “Aryanising” Jewish property.
By Alex Lantier, 26 November 2018
The French Interior Ministry claimed that 106,000 people participated in over a thousand protests across France, including 8,000 demonstrators on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.
By Alex Lantier, 20 November 2018
After hundreds of thousands protested anti-worker tax hikes this weekend, the French government announced plans to begin drafting youth as early as next summer.
By James Cogan, 17 November 2018
The relentless persecution of Assange is intended to intimidate and silence all critical and independent journalists and media organisations, as well as would-be whistleblowers.
By Johannes Stern, 8 November 2018
The latest revelations surrounding the dismissal of the long-time president of the German secret service, Hans-Georg Maassen, confirms that the German domestic intelligence agency has been run by a right-wing extremist since 2012.
By Alejandro López, 5 November 2018
The trials, organised under the Socialist Party-led government, are expected to begin in early 2019.
By Mike Head, 2 November 2018
The ban is another warning of the Moreno government’s preparations to terminate the WikiLeaks publisher’s asylum.
By Mike Head, 30 October 2018
The WikiLeaks founder told an Ecuadorian court hearing that President Moreno had already decided to terminate his asylum but had not yet officially given the order.
By Johannes Stern, 26 October 2018
The EU summit threatened with sanctions and penalties any party that diverges from the prescribed political line in the 2019 European election campaign.
By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2018
Coming after the brutal state murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the raid on LFI points to a generalized resort to police state repression against political opposition
By Mike Head, 18 October 2018
The letter effectively confirms that if the WikiLeaks founder is forced to leave Ecuador’s embassy, on whatever pretext, the British government will deliver him into the hands of the US.
”We are beginning to see the same thing in France”
By Alex Lantier, 18 October 2018
We spoke with Myriam, a Chilean refugee, about the police raids on the offices of Jean-Luc Melenchon’s Unsubmissive France.
By Alex Lantier, 18 October 2018
The official reaction to the police raids on Mélenchon’s LFI movement shows that a police state exists and is rapidly consolidating itself in France.
By Francis Dubois, 18 October 2018
The government reorganisation will not resolve the crisis of rule emerging from growing working class opposition to Macron's program.
By Andre Damon, 17 October 2018
The internet is becoming a battleground for economic and geopolitical conflict, while states, acting on behalf of capitalist elites, are seeking to censor online information.
By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2018
The political targeting of a party that received 20 percent of the vote, including most left-wing voters, marks a major step toward authoritarian rule.
By James Cogan, 15 October 2018
Ecuador’s decision does not end the danger Assange faces or his effective imprisonment inside the small embassy building in London.
By Johannes Stern, 2 October 2018
State prosecutors in Saxony and Bavaria ordered the arrest of seven people on Monday on suspicion of forming a right-wing terrorist organisation.
By Alejandro López, 1 October 2018
A year after the Catalan independence referendum, none of the issues that led to the referendum crisis and the violent repression by Madrid have been resolved.
By Alex Lantier, 27 September 2018
Passengers aboard the vessel were Libyans fleeing kidnapping and violence that emerged from the disintegration of Libya after the 2011 NATO war.
By Alejandro López, 27 September 2018
Police surveillance of the Candidatures of Popular Unity, revealed in a press conference last Thursday, is a blatant and illegal violation of basic democratic rights.
By Thomas Scripps, 20 September 2018
The new EU law will formalise even closer relationships between state security services and tech companies.
By Sven Heymanns, 19 September 2018
While neo-Nazis are hunting down immigrants in German cities, the police ransacked 15 apartments and arrested a person for alleged involvement in “left-wing extremist” riots in Hamburg.
By Anthony Torres, 19 September 2018
The provocative statements underscore that the fascist murder of Méric was a political act carried out in close connection to powerful forces inside the police apparatus.
By Anthony Torres, 19 September 2018
The trial was above all a whitewash of the close ties between the police and the neo-fascist thugs who fatally assaulted a left-wing, anti-fascist student.
By Johannes Stern, 15 September 2018
Following last month’s neo-Nazi riots in Chemnitz, the Social Democratic Party is trying to disguise its own responsibility for promoting the extreme right.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 September 2018
The Neo-Nazis and their milieu dare to behave so brazenly only because the government and the security services fully support them.
By Mike Head, 5 September 2018
Ministers from the US-led global surveillance network revealed stepped-up measures against Chinese and Russian “foreign interference” and greater control over social media.
By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 4 September 2018
Moral outrage is not enough to stop the fascist mob: it is necessary to understand the political roots of its resurgence.
“In Germany, of all places, we should know better”
By our reporters, 3 September 2018
Following a neo-Nazi rampage in Chemnitz last Sunday and Monday, tens of thousands have demonstrated across Germany against the far right.
By Johannes Stern, 1 September 2018
After neo-Nazis rioted on Sunday and Monday in the East German city of Chemnitz, more details have come to light about the close coordination between the right-wing extremists, the police and the state apparatus.
By Marianne Arens, 30 August 2018
The state attorney in Agrigento is investigating Italy’s interior minister and chairman of the Lega (League), Matteo Salvini, on charges of deprivation of liberty, illegal detention and abuse of office.
One year after WSWS open letter to Google
By Andre Damon, 23 August 2018
On Tuesday, Facebook announced the removal of hundreds of user accounts and pages, many of them opposing the crimes of the American, Saudi and Israeli governments in the Middle East.
By our reporters, 13 August 2018
August 16 will mark six years since WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian government.
By our reporters, 7 August 2018
Thousands of people demonstrated once again last weekend against the European governments’ inhumane refugee policies.
By Thomas Scripps, 7 August 2018
From the outset, the inquiry did not require the police to reveal their operations and accepted as participants only some of those who already knew themselves to be victims.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 6 August 2018
An Italian merchant ship in cooperation with the Italian government illegally transported 108 refugees rescued at sea back to Libya.
By Francis Dubois, 4 August 2018
Unsubmissive France is advancing out a populist, anti-worker policy compatible with police repression.