Letter from the Editors: 27th April 2023

International Workers’ Day, repression of Palestinians in Berlin, and Stop War in Sudan


Hello everyone,

Tomorrow (Friday), there’s a demonstration Stop War in Sudan. Sudanese activists, students, refugees, workers and others in Germany, call on the anti-war alliances and refugees movement and especially Sudanese around the country and all over Europe to come, protest, and march. The demo starts at 3pm at the Auswärtiges Amt (German Federal Foreign Office) until 6pm at the Bundestag .”The revolution is a people’s revolution, and power is the power of the people; the military returns to the barracks, and the Janjaweed to be disbanded!”

On Friday evening, there is a solidarity concert for Nakba75 in Café Karanfil, Weisestraße 3 from 7pm. You are invited to an evening full of music from Palestinian artists from Berlin, from Indie, via poetry and rap music to a jam session. All money raised will help to offset the court costs incurred by the people arrested on Nakba Day 2022, and for the costs of this year’s demonstration on 20th May.

Friday evening sees a public meeting Nuestro compromiso con el proceso de cambios en México at 7pm in Karl Liebknecht Haus. This is the opening event for a conference Convocatoria al Encuentro Somos 4T Europa 2023, which will also be taking place in Karl Liebknecht Haus. The event, by and about the Left in Mexico, will be conducted in Spanish only.

On Saturday, there will be a CommUNITY Event Yallah Klassenkampf. If you or your group are interested in preparing for 1st May, come to Theater X. From 11.30 till 6pm, there’ll be a street theatre workshop with “Teatro en Movimiento Callejerx“ from Barcelona. From 2pm till 5pm, banners will be painted and printed, and from 3pm till 5pm slogans will be prepared with the Widerklang choir. The event is organised by Theater X, who are our Campaign of the Week.

On Saturday evening, there’ll be an event in German, 75 Jahre Nakba: Anti-Palästinensischer Rassismus & Repressionen in Berlin (75 Years Nakba: Anti-Palestinian racism and repression in Berlin). We cannot remain silent! We must discuss the different forms of repression against Palestinian activism in Germany, as well as how we can bring the protest for basic human rights for Palestinians to the streets in Berlin and Germany during the 75th year of the Nakba. The event starts at 5.30pm in Spreefeld, Wilhelmine-Gemberg-Weg 14. Please note that the starting time and venue have changed.

Monday is International Workers’ Day, a public holiday in Germany. There are plenty of activities which you can visit. Here are just some of them:

On Thursday, 4th May, the Berlin LINKE Internationals have their monthly open organising meeting at 7pm in Erif Aralp’s office, Zeughofstraße 22 opposite Görlitzer Park. Everyone is invited to come along and discuss coming activities including a new walking tour about Marx’s Berlin, a book presentation on Modi and Israel, and a film about the British miners’ strike. Above all, the discussion will be about planning Summer Camp on 10th-11th June. Book your place at Summer Camp here to ensure free accommodation.

We always say that the week is full of activities in Berlin, but this week is particularly full. You can find out about many more events at our Events page. You can also see a shorter, but more detailed, list of Events which we are directly involved in here.

In News from Berlin, rail workers strike again, participation in Last Generation actions increases from 80 to 1000 people, and Franziska Giffey becomes Berlin’s new finance minister.

In News from Germany, the faction fight inside die LINKE in NRW continues, the AfD is now 10 years old and has established itself as a far right party, over 1,600 researchers sign a declaration that Last Generation’s tactics are legitimate, Labour minister Heil issues a proposal for working hours legislation, and more transport strikes are planned.

Read all about this week’s News from Berlin and Germany here.

New on theleftberlin this week, we publish an open letter from Israeli and Jewish Berliners against banning Palestine demos, John Mullen looks at the chances of French protestors defeating Macron, Hari Kumar looks at the importance of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, Evan Bernel looks at what Germany’s new cannabis laws really mean, Phil Butland looks at the hypocrisy of those attacking British Labour MP Diane Abbott, Sudanese socialists suggest how you can support them, and Florian Marchais reports from Serbia on a new wave of protests.

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The Left Berlin Editorial Board