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Stand with Aung San Suu Kyi

The future of Aung San Suu Kyi and her amazing movement for democracy in Burma is hanging in the balance this week, and we could make the difference.

Suu Kyi has bravely called on the military regime to free the thousands of monks and peaceful activists still held in horrific prisons, some in cramped dog cages. Unprecedentedly, thousands of Burmese have risked their own safety to join her call for freedom through an online petition! Yesterday, the regime issued an ominous warning to Suu Kyi – and the Generals may be deciding right now between dialogue or another brutal crackdown.

This could come down to us. Activists in Burma have appealed to the world for help, saying that pressure from the international community is crucial to preventing violence and freeing political prisoners. Let’s stand with Suu Kyi and the brave Burmese, sign on to their petition, and send it to the EU, India and other key governments who can press the regime.

Sign the petition on Avaaz

General mobilisation on 20 March 2011 to support the revolutionary process in the Arab world!

After several major breakthroughs in Latin America in recent years, it is now on the Arab world that a wind of freedom and hope is blowing. The Tunisian revolution has not only brought down a bloodthirsty dictator; it has also blazed the way to a world without oppression and exploitation. One after another, Arab peoples are breaking away from the logic of fear and taking their destiny into their own hands as they burst onto the political scene.

A symbol for all those who fight for freedom, dignity and social justice, it is greatly to be hoped that this revolutionary process will spread beyond the Arab world. But History has taught us never to underestimate the forces of capital. Day after day imperialist powers and domestic reactionary forces organize to counter this movement of emancipation and regain control. They use all possible tools to prevent these movements from succeeding or expanding. And these tools are quite powerful: banks, media, and economic power.

Faced with this ongoing, organized threat, faced with global capitalism, populations have no choice but to support each other and fight together. Peoples of the Arab world urgently need our active support. Who can resist this call for help and solidarity?

When it met on 10 February 2011 during the World Social Forum in Dakar, the Social Movements Assembly [1] called on all popular forces throughout the world to mobilize on Sunday 20 March 2011 [2] to support the revolutionary process in the Arab world [3]

Social movements the world over, on Sunday 20 March 2011, let us stand by the Arab populations who demand genuine democracy and power to the people.

Social movements the world over, on Sunday 20 March 2011, let our massive mobilization send a clear signal to the powers that be: as the Tusisian and Egyptian peoples have just shown, people in the South and in the North are no longer ready to pay for the recession and seek to fashion their own destiny and promote social justice and respect for nature.

Social movements the world over, let us make Sunday 20 March 2011 a symbol (and indeed, in some cases, the beginning) of the assertion of popular sovereignty against the forces of capital.

For more info, Fathi Chamki

Appeal Against Repression in Thailand

For more than two months, the Red Shirts have mobilised with decisiveness and purpose in the streets of Bangkok to support their demands of democracy and social justice.

The government led by Abhisit Vejjajiva chose to respond to these demands with violence and repression. It committed a serious violation against human rights when it authorised the use of military hardware to dissolve the demonstrations. The result was extremely serious: there were at least 89 dead and nearly 2000 wounded.

Today, democratic rights are not respected: there are 99 arrest warrants against opponents. The places where most of the detainees are held are kept secret. The government has imposed censorship on the alternative media. The penalties incurred are especially severe: from 3 to 15 years for “lese majesty” to the death penalty for “terrorism”.

The Red Shirts are being treated by the government as if they were “terrorists”. It is a complex movement, but its members are mainly ordinary poor people whose most elementary political rights –like the respect due to the result of an election—have been ignored.

The Thai government can continue to repress the Thai people freely, because its constant violations against human rights have not been confronted by international solidarity and condemnation. We make a call to all progressive and democratic organizations to demand the end of the repression and the respect of fundamental rights in Thailand; to start an international campaign to obtain the freedom of political prisoners and the end of intimidation and inculpation of the Red Shirts.

We demand from the Thai government that it raises the State of Urgency and immediately re-establishes democratic freedoms in the country; that it ends the repression against the Red Shirts and that all prisoners are freed without any delay.

To sign the call: solidaritythailand (AT),(Leave your first name, family name, quality and country)

The list of signatories can be viewed on the ESSF website:

Gaza: investigate the raid, end the blockade

initiative Avaaz

Israel’s deadly raid of the Gaza humanitarian flotilla has sparked worldwide outrage. This time, we can’t accept mere words from our leaders. It’s time for action.

This petition will be delivered to the UN and world leaders when it reaches 200,000 signatures — sign on to join the global call for truth, accountability, and justice for Gaza!

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Sign to release Narmada activists, farmers and tribals

Ten thousand men and women displaced by Indira Sagar, Omkareshwar and other dams on the Narmada marched for their right to rehabilitation in alternate lands with the slogan "Give us land or give back our villages!"

The State of Madhya Pradesh, instead of providing alternate lands has brutally lathi-charged the displaced farmers and unlawfully arrested activists Alok Agrawal, Kailashbhai, Kalubhai and some other villagers. Sign Petition to release Narmada activists, farmers and tribals.

Read more about the rally.

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