Global Left Midweek - June 5, 2019
- Algeria: Berbers Mobilize
- Spain: Podemos Meltdown
- Sudan: Reign of Terror
- Brazil: Student Upsurge
- Ireland: Sinn Féin Divisions
- Oaxaca, Mexico: Tribes Fight for Water Rights
- Pakistan: Army Crackdown on Pashtun Movement
- Honduras: Rebellion Against Government
- Belgium: Workers' Party Win
Vermondo Brugnatelli / Il Manifesto Global (Rome)
The human rights activist Kameleddine Fekhar had been on a hunger strike since March 31. On May 28, he died in a hospital after his condition had deteriorated. The sorrow and indignation for his only-too-predictable death gave rise to remembrance and protest activities around the world.
Spain: Podemos Meltdown
Dick Nichols / Green Left Weekly (Sydney)
Its European parliament vote, achieved separately by Podemos and the United Left in 2014, fell from 18% to 10% (11 seats to 6). In the state elections, where the United Left and Podemos ran separately in some regions, the radical left lost two-thirds of the 99 seats won in 2014, as its average vote fell from 13.7% to 6.7%. In Extremadura, it managed to hold four of the six seats won in 2015.
Sudan: Reign of Terror
The Sudanese Professionals Association is deeming the events a “bloody massacre”, and has called for a “total civil disobedience”, and vowed “we will not retreat”.
Brazil: Student Upsurge
Hundreds of thousands of students, academics and teachers have taken to the streets of Brazil for their latest mass protest against far-right president Jair Bolsonaro’s assault on education.
Ireland: Sinn Féin Divisions
Fiach Kelly / Irish Times (Dublin)
There are members who want to be more liberal on social issues and those who think Sinn Féin is preoccupied with same-sex marriage and abortion; those who think it should tack further to the left and those who think it should go towards the centre.
In southern Mexico, a multi-ethnic network of towns has halted the construction of a mega-dam. Now they are organizing to manage their own natural resources and revitalize their culture as native water protectors.
The Pakistan army shot and killed at least 13 civilians and injured dozens more at a sit-in staged by the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (Pashtun Defence Movement or PTM), in the tribal North Waziristan district of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.
Honduras: Rebellion Against Government
Zoe PC / NewsClick (New Delhi)
Belgium: Workers' Party Win
Marc Botenga / Jacobin (New York)
Last week’s elections produced grim results for the Left across most of the continent. But in Belgium, the Workers’ Party made a historic breakthrough.