Europa

NATO countries increased their military budgets to $1.1 trillion last year despite the economic crisis. The European countries and Canada in particular increased their budgets, as the Yankees have been demanding for years. This means that the 30 NATO member states are now responsible for 60% of all global military spending. This is further clear evidence that this alleged "alliance of values" is not about defense. They are arming themselves in order to counter the imperialist competition from China and Russia even more aggressively.

 

Oury Jalloh Demonstration 2019 1

 

The FRG government is also determined to stick to the so-called 2% target. For 2020, it has announced military spending of 51.5 billion euros, although the defense budget is 45.65 billion. This means that the cost of armaments is hidden in other budget items. In the federal government's Corona stimulus package of 2020, they not only approved additional armament projects, but also a new cyber center for the Bundeswehr for 500 million euros. Thus, the imperialist war machine is being further expanded under the guise of fighting a pandemic. And such budgetary trickery is not an isolated case. So-called EU missions in Africa, in which Bundeswehr soldiers were also involved, were in the past also gladly paid from the EU development aid budget.

The anti-militarist "Informationsstelle Militarisierung" sees the arms industry and the Bundeswehr as clear winners of the crisis: "In political terms, the German government is trying to use the Corona pandemic to increase military spending even further." (own translation)

On occasion of the Women's International Day of Struggle  various cities in NRW manifestations and actions took place. A detachment of proletarian revolutionaries participated yesterday in the manifestation in Wuppertal to which a wide internationalist alliance had called for. In the course of the day a banner with the slogan “Women forwards to the 8th of March” was hung well in sight in one of the proletarian neighborhoods in Essen. Henceforth, some of the images we received:

On the occasion of the murder of Pierre Overney 49 years ago, a lecture on the Gauche Proletarienne was held at the Café Popular. Pierre Overney was a worker and militant of the Gauche Proletarienne. On February 25, 1972, he distributed leaflets in front of a Renault factory to mobilize for an anti-fascist demonstration. There he was shot by a factory security guard.

On the in many parts militant protests at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul against the appointment of the new openly pro-government rector Melih Bulu, the Turkish Human Rights Foundation (TIHV) has published a provisional evaluation report that illustrates how the old Turkish state is expanding and intensifying its repression on broad sections of the people.

Greenland and Faroe Islands

The Joint Arctic Command was part of an international military excercise in Norwegian waters around Bergen, participating with its inspection ship Hvidbjørnen (The White Bear), with military ships and/or submarines from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, France, Canada and Holland.

The Spanish rapper and communist Pablo Hasél is sent behind bars for two and a half years. The reason for this scandalous sentence is solely his lyrics and expressions of opinion.

In Freiburg a graffiti was put up with the slogan "Ni oubli! Ni pardon! Pierre Overney est immortel!" (Not forgotten! Not forgiven! Pierre Overney is immortal!).
Pierre Overney was a militant of the Gauche Proletarienne (Proletarian Left) in France.
While distributing flyers in front of a Renault-factory in Paris, mobilising for an antifascist demonstration, he was shot by a security guard on February 25, 1972.