Anti-Globalization Protests

July 10, 2017

From July 2 to July 8, tens of thousands of people joined in a week of protest in Hamburg, Germany to protest the G20 Summit. This year's G20 summit meeting was the twelfth such meeting of world capitalist leaders, including heads of State, trade ministers, foreign ministers, and a variety of corporate CEOs.

The protests included four large mass rallies on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in which over 100,000 people took part. Other events included a student walk-out, teach-ins, forums, conferences, etc.

The week of protest focussed on opposing the capitalist agenda of neo-liberalism which means slashing social investments, privatizing public services and increasing the exploitation of workers at home combined with increasing the imperialist domination and exploitation of countries the world over. In opposition, a broad of array of unions, anti-war organizations, environmental activists, women's groups, etc. came to Hamburg to stand up for the economic and political rights of the people and to present an alternative vision, a vision that "Another World is Possible."

In the forefront of the actions, the people raised demands against U.S. imperialism's "international war against terrorism," and militantly demonstrated in defense of the sovereignty of countries and the right of every people to determine their own affairs free of imperialist interference.

The week of protests reflected the growing rejection of the myth of capitalist "prosperity" and pointed to the growing class polarization between the rich capitalists and the workers. As the polarization sharpens, so too, the need of the people to strengthen the independence of their movement is increasing. Only by relying on the forces organized by the people themselves and opposing the capitalist parties and the capitalist-imperialist system can the people advance.

The starting point for the workers is the struggle against the very system which is built on the exploitation of wage-labor. Similarly, the peoples in the dependent and colonial countries know that capitalist globalization can never "spur development" for the masses, when the very basis of this program is the super-exploitation and plunder of these countries by the imperialist states.

For decades, capitalism has been expanding and spreading its tentacles into every country. Yet the poverty and exploitation of the peoples has not ended. On the contrary. Today, even though humanity already has created the productive forces needed to guarantee the well-being of everyone, billions of people are denied their elementary economic and political rights and the gap between the rich and poor keeps growing. The problem is the capitalist system based on private ownership of the means of production.

This is the problem which the workers and people must take up and solve. In opposition to the capitalist-imperialist system, the working class must come to the forefront of the struggles of the people against the political economy of capitalist exploitation which looks on the worker only as a seller of the commodity, labor-power, and which is based on enshrining the "rights" of private property in the means of production. In the course of this fight against the capitalist agenda of neo-liberalism and the imperialist domination and exploitation of countries the world over, we must accumulate the forces - the consciousness and organization - necessary to carry out the socialist transformation of society.