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Introducing REVOLUTION – socialist youth group

The youth movement REVOLUTION has played a leading role in the student protests by organising young people across the country to fight the Tory-Lib Dem cuts.

Members have helped to organise university occupations at University Collage London (UCL), London South Bank University (LSBU), and Leeds University. We have also taken part in sixth-form sit-ins at Camden School for Girls, and the mass walkouts of over one thousands students from Bury College and Holy Cross.

We proposed the massive 24 November school walkouts to the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.

Our red flags and “One Solution – Revolution!” battle cry have attracted the venom of Tory rags such as the Daily Mail, Evening Standard, the Telegraph, and even the US’s right-wing Fox News. But they also fuelled the enthusiasm and fighting spirit of young people, many of whom have joined us.

REVOLUTION’s website says: “We are a group of young activists who are fed up with unemployment, war, poverty, cuts and capitalism. We want to bring down Cam and Clegg’s millionaire coalition and replace it with socialism.”

Many of the most radical protesters have been school students – those not allowed to vote, but who will suffer greatly from the abolition of the EMA, further privatisation of the school system, cuts in teaching staff and the raising of tuition fees beyond the reach of most working class youth.

As the last weeks have shown, faced with oppression and injustice, young people are spontaneously radical. But police, school authorities, parents, and even trade union leaders restrict and restrain our involvement in politics.

Workers Power, in contrast, believes young people can build and lead their own revolutionary youth movement and we give them every assistance to do so. In solidarity with REVOLUTION, we believe that a mass youth movement can play a vital role in building a new revolutionary party.

  • For news, analysis, tactics, and reports of youth action, see www.socialistrevolution.org
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