Tuesday, 14. August 2018

On August 6th 2018, seventy three years have completed since the crime in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 9th, by the US Imperialism , which in 1945 deprived the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and thousands of others in the coming years due to the effects of radiation in the territory.

The dropping of atomic bombs meant to intimidate the peoples, to send a “message” to the USSR, to the militant movement of all countries, to put the stamp of US intimidation to the international situation after the second world war.

The WFTU expresses its sincere condolences to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives by the earthquake which struck in Indonesian island, Lombok on Sunday morning. At least 14 people lost their lives and nearly 700 people were trapped. In addition, more than a thousand homes are damaged.

The class-oriented trade union movement welcomes the anti-imperialist demonstrations and activities that took place the last period from workers and students denouncing the US-Philippines military exercises and defense agreements. Such agreements have nothing to do with the real interests and needs of the popular strata and people of Philippines as well as the peoples of South East Asia.

The World Federation of Trade Unions representing 92 million workers in 126 countries expresses its deep sorrow to the Japanese people and the families of the more than 100 flood victims. We consider unacceptable the fact that in the 21st century ordinary people losing their lives from the rainfall, the earthquakes and all kinds of physical disasters. This situation is permanent in all capitalist countries. Despite the progress of science and technology in civil protection sector, the workers, the poor, the toiling masses in capitalist countries remain unprotected when facing natural disasters, earthquakes, epidemics, fires.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) calls upon the Central and state governments to cease the growing lawlessness and anarchy in Tripura.

Following the death of a 11 year old student in West Tripura district of India on June 26, murderous attacks were unleashed by the RSS/BJP in the name of "child lifters". Attacks targeted some local Muslim hawkers as well as activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Later, the BJP state government blocked the internet and social media for 48 hours in order to suppress the information of the violent attacks reaching people.

The WFTU expresses its sincere condolences for the families and friends of the people who lost their lives by the earthquake in Japan.

Our thoughts are with the people who are injured or suffer from the consequences of the earthquake. Once again the workers, the ordinary people suffer and pay with their lives the lack of safety measures against the natural disasters whether it is an earthquake, flood, heatwave, storm or hurricane.

North KoreaOn June 12, DPRK leader and chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Kim Jong Un met with U.S. President Donal Trump in Singapore in order to carry out the first summit between the two countries. According to Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the CC of the WPK, the two leaders had a candid exchange of views for putting an end to the decades-long hostile relations between the two countries and for building a permanent and durable peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula.

Special interview with Member of PB of the People’s Liberation Front, Bimal Rathnayake on regional imperialist rivalries and the working class movement in Sri Lanka.

While the trade conflict between the US and China intensifies, competition between Asian powers are also escalating. Sri Lanka, one of the countries subjected to rivalries between China, India and USA is experiencing working class protests against recent privatizations alongside religious tensions under the influence of political powers.

The Communist Party of India declared that the police attack towards anti-sterlite protestors in Tuticorin is 'State sponsored terrorism'.

On 22nd May, in Tuticorin, a coastal district of the state of Tamil Nadu, a peaceful protest against the Sterlite Copper Plant was subjected to a murderous police attack. The police fired at the protesters killing 13 and injuring more than a 100 people. Hundreds are also reported missing. The people were demanding clean air for breathing and clean water for drinking and irrigation. Six days after the incident the Tamil Nadu Government ordered ‘permanent closure’ of the plant based on the Water Act of 1974 on behalf of 'larger public interest'. The plant was sealed by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board whose Chief Minister said, “we have taken this decision as a mark of respect t the feelings of the people”. 

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