Thursday, 22. February 2018

The repetition of the anticommunist trial against the CP of Poland and its cadres is scheduled for March 1st.

It is a trial that has been continuing for the last two years, with the provocative accusation of “propaganda of communist ideology” in the newspaper “Brzask” and the website of the CP of Poland, with threats of sentences of up to two years in prison.

The Polish authorities, which set up this trial, are attempting to outlaw the CP of Poland. A new law on de-communisation was also introduced to remove monuments and the names of the streets associated with the history of the workers’ and communist movement. These anti-communist measures are created as part of a process of rewriting history.

 On February 20, 2018, trade unions held a protest in the courts of Athens against the persecution of 35 cadres of PAME.

This is a persecution against presidents, leaders of federations and trade unions, for a mobilization they organized on January 30, 2013 at the Ministry Of Labor.

The Trade Unions demanded "Withdrawal now of all the charges against the 35 cadres of PAME.

On February 20, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov received Political and Media Adviser to the President of Syria Bouthaina Shaaban, who is in Moscow to attend the Middle East conference of the Valdai International Discussion Club.

During the meeting, also attended by Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad, the parties discussed the developments concerning the situation in and around Syria, with a focus on the urgency of a political resolution of the Syrian crisis according to UNSC Resolution 2254.

Mr Minister,

Friends,

We are happy to have this opportunity to compare notes on the bilateral and regional agendas on the sidelines of your working visit to Russia to take part in the work of the Valdai Discussion Club. The past year confirmed the mutual interest of the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran in enhancing contacts in all areas.

Question: Who are you going to meet with in Belgrade? What issues are on the agendas of your meetings?

Sergey Lavrov: As our Serbian friends told me, the programme they prepared includes a meeting with the President, the Prime Minister, the First Deputy Prime Minister, and the Foreign Minister of Serbia. We will also have a cultural programme dedicated to the great anniversary of our relations, including a visit to the Church of St Sava.

Four members of the Israeli left-wing organization of university and college lecturers, “Academia for Equality,” traveled to Istanbul in January to bear witness to and protest political trials being conducted against about 150 Turkish academics. The latter are facing terrorism-related charges for signing a petition opposing their government’s assaults against its Kurdish citizens, including the mass displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and reports of massacres.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Colleagues,

Now that international relations have entered a period of radical change, which has overturned the thesis about “the end of history,” we should remember what happened in the relatively recent past. As Russian historian Vasily Klyuchevsky said, “History (…) punishes us for not learning its lessons.”

Eighty years ago, in 1938, an agreement on the division of Czechoslovakia was signed in Munich, which led to the Second World War.

wftu160The World federation of Trade Unions, representing 92 million members in 126 countries all over the world, expresses its internationalist solidarity to the 35 trade unionists of PAME, member of WFTU, who will be again on trial on February 20, 2018, because they defended the workers' rights against anti-labor measures announced by the Greek government along with the troika of the IMF, the EU and the Central European Bank, by organizing a sit-in at the Ministry of Labor on 30th of January 2013.

PAME has called on Wednesday, February 21, rallies against the auctions of people’s homes by the banks and by the government.

The SYRIZA-ANEL government continues to charge to the people debts they did not create.

Following the new measures, the Government imposes the decision to seize and auction workers' houses if they have debts to the public and the social insurance funds

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