Democratic Rights in Europe

Socialist Equality Party intervenes at Paris rally in defence of Assange

By Anthony Torres, 19 April 2019

Socialist Equality Party members intervened at the rally on Saturday in defence of Assange at the invitation of the alternative news site Le Grand Soir.

SGP Chairman Ulrich Rippert addresses free Assange rally in Berlin

13 April 2019

Ulrich Rippert, the chairman of the Socialist Equality Party, addressed a rally in front of the British embassy in Berlin, Germany, demanding the freedom of WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange.

German interior minister tables Intelligence Services “Enabling Act”

By Wolfgang Weber, 13 April 2019

The new law would provide the three intelligence agencies with almost unlimited powers to monitor and spy on domestic and foreign citizens.

Spain seeks rebellion charges against Catalans for complaining of police violence

By Alejandro López, 13 April 2019

In the Orwellian atmosphere being stoked up by the ruling class in the run up to the April 28 general election, it is the victims of police brutality that are denounced as aggressors.

Worldwide outrage over arrest of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange

By Niles Niemuth, 12 April 2019

After nearly seven years of confinement to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Assange now faces the possibility of a year in a UK prison and extradition to the United States.

Amid corruption scandals and deals with IMF and Washington, Ecuador’s government betrays Assange

By Bill Van Auken, 12 April 2019

The handing over of Assange to his British and US persecutors is part of a sharp drive to the right by the corruption-stained government of Lenín Moreno.

Westminster Magistrates Court

Former UK ambassador Craig Murray denounces arrest and conviction of Julian Assange

By our reporter, 12 April 2019

“There was no jury and no chance to mount a proper defence or have a proper hearing. It is clear the judge was extremely prejudiced,” Murray said.

Free Julian Assange!

By Statement of the World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 12 April 2019

The World Socialist Web Site emphatically condemns the forcible seizure and arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Germany: State prosecutor persecutes artists group for criticising far-right AfD

By Justus Leicht and Peter Schwarz, 9 April 2019

For the past 16 months the prosecutor’s office in the city of Gera has been investigating an artistic association known as the Center for Political Beauty on suspicion of “forming a criminal organisation.”

UN Special Rapporteur: US extradition of Assange would be violation of international law

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 April 2019

The Ecuadorian regime, and its co-conspirators in the British and US governments, are engaged in a sordid and illegal conspiracy to terminate the political asylum of the WikiLeaks founder.

Defend Julian Assange!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 6 April 2019

The Socialist Equality Party (Australia) condemns the stepped-up preparations to expel Julian Assange from London’s Ecuadorian embassy and to force him into the custody of the British police. WikiLeaks reported today that it has information, from a source in the Ecuadorian state, that Assange’s eviction from the building, where he sought asylum in 2012, will occur “within hours or days.”

WikiLeaks warns that Julian Assange faces imminent eviction from Ecuador’s London embassy

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 April 2019

The publisher warned that a “high-level source” within the Ecuadorian state had information that Assange would be expelled from the building and taken into British custody “within hours or days.”

Youth and students speak in support of upcoming meetings series: “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It”

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality - US, 5 April 2019

This speaking tour is a major political event and is taking place against the backdrop of a global promotion of extreme right politics by bourgeois parties around the world.

Ecuadorian president threatens to evict Julian Assange from London embassy

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 April 2019

Moreno accused Assange of “repeatedly violating the conditions of his asylum,” to create a pretext to hand him over to British and US authorities.

US journalist exposes Julian Assange’s prison-like conditions

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 March 2019

Prevented from holding a meeting with the journalist, Assange defiantly protested and condemned Ecuadorian officials for operating as “agents of the US government.”

German Left Party passes anti-democratic police law in Brandenburg

By Gregor Link, 28 March 2019

The Left Party voted in the Brandenburg state legislature for a new police law that increases the repressive powers of the state.

European Union intensifies internet censorship

By Justus Leicht and Johannes Stern, 27 March 2019

Two months before the European elections, the European Parliament has pushed through a directive to enforce the use of so-called upload filters in social media, thus further censoring the internet.

Only one UK soldier to be prosecuted for Bloody Sunday 47 years on

By Steve James, 26 March 2019

Bloody Sunday is one of the most notorious crimes of British imperialism. The massacre took place three years into the deployment of tens of thousands of British troops to Northern Ireland.

Putin signs Russian internet censorship bills into law

By Clara Weiss, 22 March 2019

The two laws are part of an international campaign by the ruling class to crack down on the internet.

Macron to deploy French army against “yellow vest” protests

By Anthony Torres, 21 March 2019

This is the first time since the 1954–1962 Algerian war that the army is to be mobilized in policing operations on French soil against the population.

Socialist Equality Party files lawsuit against German secret service

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 12 March 2019

The SGP calls on all individuals, organizations, and institutions that defend democratic rights to support the suit against the secret service’s attacks.

The Socialist Equality Party’s lawsuit against Germany’s secret service

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 12 March 2019

The following lawsuit was submitted by lawyer Dr. Pier Stolle to the Berlin administrative court on 24 January against the Federal Interior Ministry.

The political lessons of the March 3 Free Assange rally

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Political Committee, 5 March 2019

The demonstration in Sydney won broad support on the basis of mobilising the working class to defend democratic rights and class war prisoners such as Julian Assange.

France’s ruling parties launch anti-Muslim campaign against sports veil

By Will Morrow, 28 February 2019

Political parties that have been denouncing left-wing opposition to social inequality as anti-Semitic are engaged in a filthy campaign of anti-Muslim propaganda.

Resolution: Oppose the promotion of eugenics and pseudo-science at Cambridge University!

25 February 2019

The following resolution was adopted by a meeting in Cambridge convened by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), on Saturday February 23, 2019.

Macron threatens to criminalize opposition to Zionism in France

By Will Morrow, 22 February 2019

The French president is stepping up police-state policies, highlighted by the violent crackdown on “yellow vest” protesters.

Australian youth defend WikiLeaks and support demonstrations to free Julian Assange

By our reporters, 20 February 2019

“I’m going to come to the rally to defend freedom of speech and freedom of the press”—Adam, University of NSW.

French media slanders “yellow vests” and Muslims as anti-Semites

By Will Morrow and Alex Lantier, 19 February 2019

France’s ruling elite is unleashing a provocative media campaign over a verbal confrontation between protesters and right-wing commentator Alain Finkielkraut.

Award-winning journalist Chris Hedges endorses Free Assange demonstrations in Australia

16 February 2019

“It is imperative that we pressure the Australian government to make sure its citizen, Julian Assange, is protected from the lawlessness of the American empire.”

Stansted 15 anti-deportation protesters go free

By Robert Stevens, 7 February 2019

While avoiding jail sentences, the 15 were still found guilty and now have criminal records.

Integrity Initiative: UK interference in Norway

By Bjørn Halvorsen, 5 February 2019

The Anonymous leaks expose an anti-democratic conspiracy against the anti-war views of the Norwegian public.

Facebook’s censor Nick Clegg outlines plans for European elections

By Robert Stevens, 2 February 2019

Facebook will play a major role in determining what voices Europe’s population are allowed to hear.

Stone indictment presents no evidence of links between WikiLeaks and Trump campaign

By James Cogan, 30 January 2019

WikiLeaks is a media organization that exercised the legally-protected rights of the press to published leaked information.

German lawyer receives additional threatening fax from the far right

By Marianne Arens, 22 January 2019

Lawyer Basay-Yildiz has received another message threatening her and her family apparently originating from the neo-Nazi network located in Germany’s police apparatus.

French government witch-hunts ex-boxer who punched riot police in “yellow vest” protest

By Will Moreau, 11 January 2019

The outpouring of popular support for Dettinger has triggered a hysterical campaign by the Macron government against the ex-boxer and those supporting him.

Germany deports more refugees to Afghanistan

By Marianne Arens, 11 January 2019

On Monday night, a further 36 refugees were deported to Kabul, including a number who had lived and worked for years in Germany and had no idea they were at risk.

Further protests against Orbán government in Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 9 January 2019

On Saturday, in freezing temperatures, about 10,000 people demonstrated again in Budapest against the right-wing government of Prime Minister Victor Orbán.

French police arrest “yellow vest” spokesman Eric Drouet

By Anthony Torres, 4 January 2019

The ruling elite is sending a signal that it aims to criminalize and persecute all expressions of genuine political opposition.

Silence follows Trump attorney’s statement that Julian Assange did nothing “wrong”

By James Cogan, 4 January 2019

Not a word about Rudy Giuliani’s Fox News interview has been said by the political and media establishment in the US, Europe or Australia.

UK government announces draconian Brexit immigration policy and deployment of troops

By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2018

With the working class unable to articulate its own independent interests, a crisis-ridden Tory government is moving to rapidly enact its reactionary Brexit agenda.

Fascist cell uncovered in German police force

By Marianne Arens, 19 December 2018

Evidence has emerged that a neo-fascist cell active in the German police has threatened immigrant families and their children.

UK: “Stansted 15” anti-deportation protesters found guilty of terrorism charges

By Margot Miller, 17 December 2018

The defendants, who are preparing to appeal the verdict, potentially face life in prison for preventing the departure of an immigration removal flight.

Julian Assange denounces his illegal detention in Ecuadorian embassy

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 December 2018

The WikiLeaks publisher, whose health appears to be deteriorating, made the comments at a hearing against the Ecuadorian government’s “Special Protocol,” aimed at forcing him into British and US custody.

Time magazine honors journalists facing repression—but snubs Julian Assange

By Patrick Martin, 13 December 2018

The magazine’s “Person of the Year” went to journalists facing persecution for their efforts to uncover the truth, but only those whose efforts were aligned with US foreign policy.

No to the persecution of Eric Drouet

By Kumaran Ira, 10 December 2018

Macron tries to intimidate the “yellow vests” by persecuting one of the founders of the movement.

France’s “yellow vest” protesters brave repression and mass arrests

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 9 December 2018

The French president’s attempts to staunch the protests through a combination of phony concessions and state violence have clearly failed.

The Guardian attack on Assange exposed as politically-motivated fabrication

By James Cogan, 6 December 2018

The lack of any case against WikiLeaks explains the scurrilous allegations by the Guardian newspaper last week.

French protests spark media demands for Facebook censorship

By Andre Damon, 5 December 2018

Sections of the press in France and the United States have seized upon the “yellow vest” demonstrations to directly demand the suppression of popular opposition on social media.

The mass protests in France: A new stage in the international class struggle

By The World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 3 December 2018

This weekend’s anti-austerity demonstrations in France have shown the working class to be not just an oppressed class, but a revolutionary class.

From the Nazis to the AfD: Big business finances the far-right

By Peter Schwarz, 28 November 2018

The rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) was made possible by huge contributions from billionaire August von Finck, whose father financed Hitler and made a fortune by “Aryanising” Jewish property.

French riot police assault mass protests in Paris

By Alex Lantier, 26 November 2018

The French Interior Ministry claimed that 106,000 people participated in over a thousand protests across France, including 8,000 demonstrators on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.

Amid mass protests, France announces return to universal military service

By Alex Lantier, 20 November 2018

After hundreds of thousands protested anti-worker tax hikes this weekend, the French government announced plans to begin drafting youth as early as next summer.

Defend Julian Assange against US charges!

By James Cogan, 17 November 2018

The relentless persecution of Assange is intended to intimidate and silence all critical and independent journalists and media organisations, as well as would-be whistleblowers.

The case of Hans-Georg Maassen and the struggle against police-state repression in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 8 November 2018

The latest revelations surrounding the dismissal of the long-time president of the German secret service, Hans-Georg Maassen, confirms that the German domestic intelligence agency has been run by a right-wing extremist since 2012.

Catalan separatists indicted for rebellion, facing jail for up to 25 years

By Alejandro López, 5 November 2018

The trials, organised under the Socialist Party-led government, are expected to begin in early 2019.

Ecuador’s government cuts off all access to Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 2 November 2018

The ban is another warning of the Moreno government’s preparations to terminate the WikiLeaks publisher’s asylum.

Julian Assange warns that Ecuador is moving to end his political asylum

By Mike Head, 30 October 2018

The WikiLeaks founder told an Ecuadorian court hearing that President Moreno had already decided to terminate his asylum but had not yet officially given the order.

European Union steps up Internet censorship in the name of opposing “disinformation”

By Johannes Stern, 26 October 2018

The EU summit threatened with sanctions and penalties any party that diverges from the prescribed political line in the 2019 European election campaign.

The raid on Unsubmissive France and the global rise of state repression

By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2018

Coming after the brutal state murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the raid on LFI points to a generalized resort to police state repression against political opposition

Leading US House Democrat demands that Ecuador’s president “hand over” Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 18 October 2018

The letter effectively confirms that if the WikiLeaks founder is forced to leave Ecuador’s embassy, on whatever pretext, the British government will deliver him into the hands of the US.

”We are beginning to see the same thing in France”

Refugee who fled Chile’s dictatorship denounces police raids against Unsubmissive France

By Alex Lantier, 18 October 2018

We spoke with Myriam, a Chilean refugee, about the police raids on the offices of Jean-Luc Melenchon’s Unsubmissive France.

After police raids on LFI, French courts and media denounce Mélenchon

By Alex Lantier, 18 October 2018

The official reaction to the police raids on Mélenchon’s LFI movement shows that a police state exists and is rapidly consolidating itself in France.

Macron organises French cabinet reshuffle to pursue austerity and militarism

By Francis Dubois, 18 October 2018

The government reorganisation will not resolve the crisis of rule emerging from growing working class opposition to Macron's program.

The “new cold war,” censorship, and the future of the internet

By Andre Damon, 17 October 2018

The internet is becoming a battleground for economic and geopolitical conflict, while states, acting on behalf of capitalist elites, are seeking to censor online information.

Police raid on Mélenchon: The state attacks the Unsubmissive France party

By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2018

The political targeting of a party that received 20 percent of the vote, including most left-wing voters, marks a major step toward authoritarian rule.

Ecuador to partially restore Julian Assange’s access to communications and visitors

By James Cogan, 15 October 2018

Ecuador’s decision does not end the danger Assange faces or his effective imprisonment inside the small embassy building in London.

German neo-Nazi group arrested after far-right riot in Chemnitz

By Johannes Stern, 2 October 2018

State prosecutors in Saxony and Bavaria ordered the arrest of seven people on Monday on suspicion of forming a right-wing terrorist organisation.

Dozens injured as Catalan separatists and regional police clash in Barcelona

By Alejandro López, 1 October 2018

A year after the Catalan independence referendum, none of the issues that led to the referendum crisis and the violent repression by Madrid have been resolved.

France refuses to let Aquarius dock as EU seeks to block refugees

By Alex Lantier, 27 September 2018

Passengers aboard the vessel were Libyans fleeing kidnapping and violence that emerged from the disintegration of Libya after the 2011 NATO war.

Spanish police harass, spy on Catalan separatist party

By Alejandro López, 27 September 2018

Police surveillance of the Candidatures of Popular Unity, revealed in a press conference last Thursday, is a blatant and illegal violation of basic democratic rights.

European Union announces draconian internet censorship measures

By Thomas Scripps, 20 September 2018

The new EU law will formalise even closer relationships between state security services and tech companies.

New police raids and Europe-wide manhunt against G20 opponents

By Sven Heymanns, 19 September 2018

While neo-Nazis are hunting down immigrants in German cities, the police ransacked 15 apartments and arrested a person for alleged involvement in “left-wing extremist” riots in Hamburg.

French far-right tough defends fascist murder of Méric: “He asked for it!”

By Anthony Torres, 19 September 2018

The provocative statements underscore that the fascist murder of Méric was a political act carried out in close connection to powerful forces inside the police apparatus.

French neo-fascists who killed Clément Méric receive short jail terms

By Anthony Torres, 19 September 2018

The trial was above all a whitewash of the close ties between the police and the neo-fascist thugs who fatally assaulted a left-wing, anti-fascist student.

German Social Democrats feign opposition to fascist AfD

By Johannes Stern, 15 September 2018

Following last month’s neo-Nazi riots in Chemnitz, the Social Democratic Party is trying to disguise its own responsibility for promoting the extreme right.

German Interior Minister Seehofer backs the brown mob

By Peter Schwarz, 8 September 2018

The Neo-Nazis and their milieu dare to behave so brazenly only because the government and the security services fully support them.

“Five Eyes” summit in Australia ramps up internet censorship

By Mike Head, 5 September 2018

Ministers from the US-led global surveillance network revealed stepped-up measures against Chinese and Russian “foreign interference” and greater control over social media.

The fight against fascism in Germany requires a socialist perspective

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 4 September 2018

Moral outrage is not enough to stop the fascist mob: it is necessary to understand the political roots of its resurgence.

“In Germany, of all places, we should know better”

Tens of thousands protest across Germany against neo-Nazi violence in Chemnitz

By our reporters, 3 September 2018

Following a neo-Nazi rampage in Chemnitz last Sunday and Monday, tens of thousands have demonstrated across Germany against the far right.

Fascist rampage in Germany exposes ties between right-wing extremists and the state

By Johannes Stern, 1 September 2018

After neo-Nazis rioted on Sunday and Monday in the East German city of Chemnitz, more details have come to light about the close coordination between the right-wing extremists, the police and the state apparatus.

Italy’s far-right interior minister charged with kidnapping

By Marianne Arens, 30 August 2018

The state attorney in Agrigento is investigating Italy’s interior minister and chairman of the Lega (League), Matteo Salvini, on charges of deprivation of liberty, illegal detention and abuse of office.

One year after WSWS open letter to Google

Facebook escalates censorship of left-wing, anti-war organizations

By Andre Damon, 23 August 2018

On Tuesday, Facebook announced the removal of hundreds of user accounts and pages, many of them opposing the crimes of the American, Saudi and Israeli governments in the Middle East.

Workers and youth in UK speak out against continued persecution of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 13 August 2018

August 16 will mark six years since WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian government.

Thousands demonstrate in Germany against far-right attacks on refugee rescue ships

By our reporters, 7 August 2018

Thousands of people demonstrated once again last weekend against the European governments’ inhumane refugee policies.

UK: Victims of state surveillance to take legal action against Undercover Policing Inquiry

By Thomas Scripps, 7 August 2018

From the outset, the inquiry did not require the police to reveal their operations and accepted as participants only some of those who already knew themselves to be victims.

Italy assists in illegal mass repatriation of refugees to Libya

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 6 August 2018

An Italian merchant ship in cooperation with the Italian government illegally transported 108 refugees rescued at sea back to Libya.

Appeal to neo-fascists on police scandal exposes reactionary role of Unsubmissive France

By Francis Dubois, 4 August 2018

Unsubmissive France is advancing out a populist, anti-worker policy compatible with police repression.

Top French presidential aide held for illegally assaulting peaceful protesters

By Anthony Torres, 21 July 2018

For months, the Elysée presidential palace covered up this brutal and illegal assault on protesters who were exercising their democratic rights.

Spain abandons attempt to extradite Puigdemont from Germany

By Alex Lantier, 20 July 2018

Puigdemont had fled Catalonia last autumn during the brutal police crackdown launched by Madrid against the Catalan independence referendum he had organized.

German court authorises extradition of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain on embezzlement charges

By Alejandro López, 16 July 2018

In Spain, the newly installed minority Socialist Party (PSOE) government announced it would abide by the ruling, although it is a rebuke to the party's line in the Catalan crisis.

Human right groups reveal French complicity in torture in Egypt

By Francis Dubois, 14 July 2018

French corporations and governments are active accomplices in the bloody Egyptian military junta’s mass surveillance and repression of the Egyptian people.

Twenty thousand demonstrate in Düsseldorf, Germany against police state attacks on democratic rights

By our correspondents, 12 July 2018

Last Saturday, 20,000 workers and young people marched from Düsseldorf Central Station to the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament to protest the new police law planned by the state government.

German interior minister’s “Master Plan” for refugees: Internment camps and mass deportations

By Johannes Stern, 12 July 2018

With its “Migration Master Plan,” the grand coalition government has adopted the refugee policy of the far-right Alternative for Germany.

Germany: Tens of thousands demonstrate against inhumane anti-refugee policies

By Gustav Kemper, 10 July 2018

The protests Saturday were organised within the space of a few days almost exclusively via social media.

German Social Democratic Party backs brutal offensive against refugees

By Marianne Arens, 7 July 2018

The SPD has lined up behind the refugee policy of Interior Minister Horst Seehofer: sealing off the country’s borders, accelerating deportations and establishing closed detention camps.

Riots erupt in Nantes in western France after police murder

By Alex Lantier, 5 July 2018

Multiple witnesses to the killing, including journalists, stated that police coldly executed the victim at point-blank range even though he posed no danger to them.

Persecution of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange continues

By James Cogan, 5 July 2018

The US, British and Australian governments are utilising the Ecuadorian government to try and break Assange by denying him any external communication or visitors.

Britain’s role in US rendition and torture revealed

By Steve James, 5 July 2018

The sheer number of abuse and torture cases testifies to a level of criminal depravity far greater than previously admitted.

More than 200 people drown in the Mediterranean at the weekend

By Marianne Arens, 4 July 2018

Since the beginning of this year, the number of people drowning while attempting to enter Europe has risen to over a thousand.

European Union intensifies campaign of terror against refugees

By Johannes Stern, 2 July 2018

The EU summit at the end of last week marked a dangerous turning point in post-World War II European history.