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On 19.01.2023, the wheels in France came to a standstill. Buses and trains did not run, schools, kindergartens and hospitals remained closed in many places, factories too. Up to two million people went on strike last Thursday, taking to the country's streets to demonstrate against the reactionary pension reform that the current government around President Macron is trying to push through. The French government plans to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 - an attack on the working class of France that is falling on deaf ears among working people and causing enormous resistance.

On their website, the comrades of Sol Rojo from Mexico yesterday expressed their solidarity with the activists in Lützerath in a message, of which a delegation was in Mexico last year. We document below an unofficial translation:

 

Denmark

Comrades from Socialist Revolution have published a report over an action, carried out in Copenhagen in occasion of the founding of the International Communist League. Dazibaos were put up around in proletarian neighbourhoods. The dazibaos propagates the the founding of the ICL and has sections of the announcement translated into Danish written on them.

The Struggle Committees from Norway have released a video looking back at the activities of the Norwegian revolutionaries in 2022. We share herewith the video of the comrades who had a successful year 2022.

In his New Year's address, French President Macron announced a series of measures designed to address the crisis in the interests of the ruling class. Macron had already announced in 2017 that he would raise the retirement age by three years to 65. These measures are intended to close a deficit of 12 billion euros in pension funds. However, the plans for such an increase had led to weeks of protests and strikes, which is why they were not initially pushed through.
Now, however, the French president wants to do the job properly and has announced that this "pension reform" will finally be introduced in the summer of 2023.
The extension of working time is to be accompanied by other measures affecting unemployment insurance and the basic RSA insurance. The unemployment benefit is to be made dependent in the future on the unemployment rate and to decrease by up to 40% if it lies under 6%. In general, the duration of benefits is to be shortened. Basic benefits are to be tied to 15-20 hours of work per week, initially in some regions.
As part of a "training reform," trainees are to have a longer practical training period combined with shorter school times in the future. In concrete terms, this means cheaper labor for the bosses with poorer quality training.
The French unions announced protests against these measures, especially against the "pension reform". Closing the deficits in the pension fund should not be a problem, since 157 billion was loosened up for large companies in the Corona pandemic. Already in his last term, Macron faced the Yellow Vest movement, which fought resolutely against his policies in the streets. The French masses have certainly not forgotten these successful struggles.


Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

 

Norway

Comrades from Tjen Folket Media report that multiple actions have been carried out around the country to mark the foundation of the International Communist League.

 

On 23 December 2022, a suspected French fascist carried out an armed attack on the Ahmet Kaya Kurdish cultural centre in Paris, killing three people and injuring three others, some seriously.

Greenland

Yankee-imperialism has recently signed a contract with the Greenlandic business “Inuksuk”for a value at around 3.8 billion Euros in the maintaining and modernisation of the Thule Airbase in Northern Greenland. With the melting of the arctic ice new sail routes are exposing themselves and the arctic region is playing an increasingly more important role for the imperialists. Russian imperialism has the largest coast exposed to the Arctic Sea and has a ”leap” so to say ahead of the US, who’s military doesn’t own ice breaker ships and who’s sole deep water military naval base in the arctic region can be found at Thule in Greenland. The US now seeks to increase its military presence in the Arctic Region, mainly serving its goal of encircling Russian imperialism.