On June 10, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the loosening of coronavirus lockdown despite large scale opposition from four biggest trade unions and many local authorities. The first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have refused to implement the new policy. The government has changed its slogan from “Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save lives” to “Stay Alert, Defeat Coronavirus and Save Lives”.
I am writing to thank you for the important article entitled "US President Trump offers to "mediate" between India and China: Resolutely oppose US interference" in the June 1-15, 2020 issue of MEL available on the Party web-site. I am writing to join you in this opposition.
Being connected to farming closely, I have seen how the conditions of farmers have been going from bad to worse year after year for many decades. The simple and rightful demand of farmers of MSP for crop procurement to be fixed at 1.5 times of total production cost, has been ignored by every successive government. Now the government wants to scrap the Mandi act and leave farmers at the mercy of big retail companies.
In the last two months more than 200 healthcare workers in Mumbai have been infected by the Covid-19 virus due to inadequate personal protection equipment. Both doctors and nurses have been working for weeks together without any break due to increasing number of infections. Yet, they are not provided proper food and water. There has been no improvement in their condition despite a number of representations.
The Resident Doctors’ Association of King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital in Mumbai has highlighted the inhuman conditions in which the doctors treating Covid-19 patients are compelled to work, in an open letter to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) has protested against the harassment and ill treatment that the crew of the Air India Airbus flight, bound to Moscow for an evacuation operation, had to face at the hands of the health officials at Delhi Airport on May 30.
US once more reveals its reactionary warmongering nature
Following the failed US imperialist plot to invade Venezuela and to capture or assassinate its President Nicolas Maduro in early May, a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council was convened on May 20th to discuss this blatant attack on Venezuela’s sovereignty. Venezuela’s Permanent Representative to the UN placed clear facts and arguments before the assembly to show how the outrageous plot was in violation of several resolutions of the UNSC and deserved to be condemned as such.
I am writing in response to the article entitled `Package for industries and businesses: Acceleration of “Privatization and Concentration of Capital' carried in the June 1-15 web-edition of MEL. This is an extremely important article.
Protests continue to rage for the fourth day in Minneapolis and other cities of the USA including New York, Albuquerque, Denver, Chicago, Louisville, Los Angeles, and Oakland, following the brutal killing of a black man on May 25, 2020. People all across the USA are very angry with the brutal killing of a black man in police custody and are not only demanding justice for him, but an end to all such acts of police brutality for which the police forces across the USA are notorious.
On May 27, US President Trump publicly declared: “We have informed both India and China that the US is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute”.
The declaration of the US President signals the intent of the US to try to utilize the ongoing border clashes between India and China to advance its own interests in this region. This poses great danger to both India and China, and to peace in Asia. It must be resolutely opposed by the people of India, China, and all other countries of this region.
An important example of resistance to US imperialist pressure and blackmail
On May 24, an Iranian oil tanker sailed into Venezuelan waters, escorted by Venezuelan naval ships. It was carrying 1.5 million barrels of oil for Venezuela’s oil refineries. Four more oil tankers from Iran are scheduled to arrive there soon.
Under the pressure of widespread protests of workers, at least three states – Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have withdrawn their order to extend daily working hours in industrial units from 8 hours to 12 hours and the working week from 48 hours to 72 hours.
Lakhs of people had hit the streets. The lack of money and jobs had forced them to set out on foot. On the borders of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh there was a traffic jam of fifty kilometres in which there were trucks carrying only labourers and their families. There were a large number of workers’ families who had still stayed behind patiently, their hopes on the Indian Railways.
Workers of KEM Hospital, Mumbai held a protest dharna at the hospital premises on May 26, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They were protesting against the death of a fellow worker two days ago, due to callousness of the hospital authorities.
Doctors and nurses staged a silent but powerful protest on May 17, against the decree of the Belgian government to use untrained nursing staff in health care services.
During a visit of the Belgian Prime Minister Ms Sophie Wilmès to the Saint Peter hospital in Brussels, doctors and nurses lined up in rows on either side of the hospital entrance and each of them turned their back on her as her car approached the hospital entrance. This silent but very forceful protest has been widely publicised.