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1 May : A historic day for the international struggle of the working class

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Like the whole current period, this May 1st is special. The coronavirus pandemic will not allow the traditional big street demonstrations. Depending on the countries, regions and neighbourhoods, initiatives are sometimes taken to recall this international day of workers’ struggles. We support them. But the essential thing is elsewhere : in the struggles that are carried out every day : before, during and after May 1st ; in the alternatives to capitalism that we are building. Our International Labor Network of Solidarity and Struggles wants to be a tool for that !

Every year the 1 May, the International Workers Day, stands out as a reference for social mobilisations against the attacks of governments and capitalism. The history of 1 May demands for it to be a day of mobilisations and of the reaffirmation of class struggle as the driving force behind radical social change.

All around the world, workers are facing precarity, the curtailing of rights won throughout history, the lack of decent public services, repression, misery, hunger, and the impossibility to mobilise against far-right governments and their neoliberal, racist, chauvinist and lesbian-, trans-, and homophobic policies that raise walls and promote discriminatory laws against the poorest. The people who are most oppressed die as soon as the rates of violence increase. Similarly, social movements fighting against those attacks are criminalised and persecuted.

Our enemies are the same everywhere in the world. We shall stay together against them, together in the streets, at schools and universities, in the factories, in the rural areas and in the public spaces, together displaying our collective will to face the attacks of capital.

They are at war … Against us ! [...]