Following the success of the presidential campaign of Olivier Besancenot, the LCR now faces the challenge of consolidating its support in the elections for the National Assembly (parliament). It is obvious that this will be a hard task.
Action programme of the LCR-100% Left candidates for the parliamentary elections.
At the first round of the French Presidential elections on April 21 2002, the far left gained more than 10% of the vote. Despite the Le Pen effect and the 20% score of the far right, this unprecedented result is positive both in terms of the current relationship of forces and in the struggles to come.
The elections in the Netherlands on May 15, 2002 took place in an extraordinary context following the murder of right-wing populist Pim Fortuyn, whose party could emerge from the contest as the largest single party.
We condemn the murder of Pim Fortuyn...We strongly object to any insinuation that Fortuyn’s - left-wing - opponents have contributed to creating an atmosphere that led to the murder.
"...each of us must defend their own politics and then the meaning of the votes will be clear..."
"Again you respond to a proposal from the LCR for unity by refusing to entertain it. However, we are in a situation which should have made you perceive the necessity for far left unity..."
Tony Southall, a life-long socialist and peace campaigner, has died in Glasgow on 27th May 2002, aged 59.
On May 15, 2002, the German engineering union IG Metall (IGM) reached an agreement with the employers in Baden-Wuerttemberg which ended the first struggle in the engineering sector (a key sector in Germany) for some years.
Olivier Besancenot will speak at the opening rally of the Fourth International youth camp on Saturday 27th July in southern France. One of the striking features of his election campaign, both in the meetings and in the votes, was the high percentage of young people who supported his candidacy.
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