International Notes: May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016
International Notes: May 11, 2016

Sudan: Communists protest against Al-Bashir dictatorship

The Sudanese Communist Party has put out a call for international support for new student protests against the dictatorial government of President Omar Hassan Al Bashir.  Protests have broken out among students, faculty and other social sectors in various places, including the University of Khartoum, Alhalia University in neighboring Omdurman and six other schools.  At least two students have been murdered by security forces. In addition, the Sudanese Communist Party is demanding an end to Sudanese government discrimination against people fleeing civil strife in South Sudan.

Brazil: Senate vote to impeach Rousseff may succeed

On Wednesday May 11, the Brazilian Senate began voting on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff and suspend her from power for 180 days while her case is decided, leaving right wing Vice President Michel Temer in charge of this country of 200 million people.  The lower house of the Brazilian Congress already voted to propose impeachment.  The offense of which Rousseff is accused is having used government bank funds to fill a deficit in the social welfare budget.  The far right is for impeachment but Rousseff’s own Workers’ Party and the socialist left strongly oppose it and call it an illegal coup.   Senator Vanessa Grazziorin of the Communist Party of Brazil (Partido Comunista do Brasil), told the media “We need to show the people why it is that the president is being removed…without having committed any crime of responsibility”.  She singled out the right-wing Social Democratic Party of Brazil whose candidate, Aceio Neves, was defeated by Rousseff in the presidential elections of 2014, accusing them of rippling up the constitution and destabilizing the country.

Victory over Nazis celebrated in Russia

On March 9, thousands marched around the world in honor of the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of World War II in Europe, with the signing of Germany’s surrender to the allies on May 8 1945.  There were events in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian Cities, in memorial of the “Immortal Regiment” that brought victory.  In Moscow, a huge throng carried photographs of relatives and friends who had fought and died in the war.  Besides elderly military veterans and relatives of the fallen, the event included members of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, other left wing groups and supporters of Vladimir Putin’s government. Twenty six million Soviet citizens died in World War II, but. In Ukraine, there were similar marches in Kiev and other cities including in the dissident eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk. However, communist symbols are now illegal in Ukraine, and fascist goons who revere the memory of Ukrainian nationalists who allied with Hitler tried unsuccessfully to disrupt some of the commemorative marches.


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