The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

October 19:
Defeat Sarkozy’s Attacks

Oct 25, 2010

The number of demonstrations and their extent shows that the mobilization against the reform of Social Security pensions is getting bigger and taking root. This last week was marked by the spread of strikes to new sectors where workers met daily to decide whether to keep them going. This led to the blocking of oil refineries and the entry of students into the struggle.

The government breathlessly repeated that the movement was making no headway. Let it dream! But each big day of demonstrations and strikes brings its share of new demonstrators.

Some strike on one, some another, only to remobilize later. That means that the number of demonstrators has been maintained at a high level, which was rare for many years now.

More and more workers are convinced that it’s possible to act to prevent this pretended reform from passing and to halt the attacks against the working class.

If Sarkozy and his henchmen in the administration and the UMP (the conservative party) want to play the game of being inflexible, it’s necessary for all working people to show that they’re still more determined to make them retreat. And not only on Social Security pensions.