France: Left Demonstrates Against ‘Socialist’ Austerity Today.
The Front de gauche, the nouveau parti anticapitaliste (NPA), the left of the Greens (EELV) – against their party’s official refusal to participate, many trade union bodies, and civil society organisations (over 200), are marching today against the Austerity policies of Prime Minister Manuel Valls and President François Hollande.
Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the radical left Greek party, Syriza, will be present
While the recent local elections were marked by divisions within the main French left alliance, the Front de gauche, these have not prevented this unified demonstration.
The March is “contre l’austérité, pour l’égalité et le partage des richesses” – against austerity, for equality, and sharing wealth.
Specifically it is opposed to the government’s “pact” with employers and plans to cut spending.
Leading forces behind the event stand for an “alternative left majority” as Jean-Luc Mélenchon, of the Front de gauche puts it.
According to Pierre Laurent, (of the French Communist Party, PCF) the “living forces” of the left must unite and construct an alternative capable of winning a majority of the French people to its side. The demonstrations of the 12 April could be the starting point of a new assembly, one that will find expression in during the polls for the European elections on the 25th of May.
Maintenant ça suffit !
For a European Movement Against Austerity!
Written by Andrew Coates
April 12, 2014 at 10:52 am
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