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14 April 2021

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Youth under attack

Demonstrating for the right to protest, Newcastle, April 2021, photo Elaine Brunskill

Demonstrating for the right to protest, Newcastle, April 2021, photo Elaine Brunskill   (Click to enlarge)

Tom Green, Birmingham South West Socialist Party

The government has postponed the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill until later in the year. But there is still an ongoing movement to completely kill this authoritarian legislation.

Waves of protests have been sweeping the country for weeks since the bill was introduced. It would net offenders up to ten years in prison for minor 'offences' related to protesting.

Since the Covid pandemic, the Tories have become embroiled in scandal after scandal, exposing further the true nature of capitalism. The Tories feel the need to quell criticism and prepare for any movements that threaten to expose and undermine their profit system.

The protests have been full of young workers and students. And people are planning to take to the streets against the bill again on 17 April.

We young people have taken much of the brunt of recent policies. Two-thirds of the people who have had jobs cut during the pandemic are under 25. Unemployment among black youth has reached the level it was when the Brixton Riots happened in 1981!

It follows that those who have been negatively impacted by the most exploitative capitalist policies would come out in numbers against the same government trying to limit their freedom to protest.

This includes students, angry about paying tuition fees to watch online lessons and rent for accommodation that many haven't used. That's why Socialist Students is holding a national day of action on 21 April.

Our bold agenda includes eliminating tuition fees and student debt, full rent rebates for the duration of the pandemic, and creating an education system which would function for all young people, outside the control of capitalist market forces. This should be part of a fight to replace the capitalist system - which curtails our right to protest, crushes our living standards, and denies us a future - with socialism.

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In The Socialist 14 April 2021:


Covid-19

'Covid passports' discriminatory and questionable - fight for workplace safety

Covid inquiry? Workers must decide


News

Tensions escalate in Northern Ireland

How to deal with the tax-dodging mega-rich? Nationalise!

NHS pay: reject Tories' miserly 1% 'offer' - Fight for full 15% rise

Amazon - union vote lost

Tory hypocrisy over housing benefit cut

US cops shoot dead another black man


Elections

Every voter in Wales has the opportunity to vote for TUSC

TUSC: Launching a working-class electoral alternative in London

London housing crisis: vote TUSC to fight back


Workplace news

PCS elections: Support the Broad Left Network for a democratic, fighting union leadership

St Mungo's maintenance workers on indefinite strike

Thousands of London bus workers strike across multiple companies

Rally for sacked RMT rep Declan

East London cleaners fight outsourcing and redundancies

Bristol Water workers walk out

SPS Technologies workers end strike after management backs down

Thurrock Council workers strike against pay cuts

Deliveroo workers strike and protest


Lessons from history

1920s-30s Britain: A working-class movement fighting unemployment and capitalism


Campaigns news

Youth under attack

Students in action: Protest on 21 April

Why you should join the Socialist Party

Cardiff: Hundreds protest to free Siyanda

Worcester: Kill the Bill

Fighting fund target smashed. Can we do it again?


Readers' opinion

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Youth:

triangleThe system is broken... youth unite and fight back

triangleWe will not be the lost generation

triangleThe 'old normal' meant poverty for young people

triangle1981: New Cross Massacre

triangleSocialist Students conference

Students:

triangleAction marks the way for a national student movement for free education

triangleStudents in action: Protest on 21 April

trianglePimlico Academy protests: "Run by racists for profit"

Protest:

triangleDefend the right to protest - to resist bosses' attacks

triangleNottingham NHS pay protest

triangleProtesting works - Unite to defend the right to protest

Capitalist:

triangleStarmer moves against Unite - No to the attack on Beckett

triangleStop Israeli state brutality

Capitalism:

triangleCovid, capitalism and mental health

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