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Good news! ManiFiesta is back on the weekend of 17 and 18 September 2022 in Ostend (Belgium). A festival organised by Solidaire, the newspaper of the Workers' Party of Belgium (PTB), and Medicine for the People, PTB's network of medical centres.
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On 8 May 1945, Nazi Germany signed its unconditional surrender. The May 8 Coalition commemorated this victory over fascism at the Fort of Breendonk.
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Demonstration Europe for Peace and Solidarity on the call of the peace movement, the two big trade unions FGTB/ABVV and CSC/ACV and 93 organizations.
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10,000 people demonstrated last Sunday 27 February in Brussels at the "Basta!" march organised by the PTB/PVD, under the slogan: "Protect the people, not the powerful. Basta! Enough of unpayable energy bills!”
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On Saturday 5 February, some 200 peace activists gathered in Brussels, in response to a call from the Belgian peace movement, under the banner 'No war for Ukraine! No money for NATO’s wars'.
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General practitioner, perfectly bilingual, field worker and federal deputy since 2019, Sofie Merckx succeeds Raoul Hedebouw as chair of the PTB group in the Federal Parliament. "My commitment began as a student alongside the workers of Renault Vilvoorde and of the Forges de Clabecq and, since then, I have continued to be involved, whether for housing and health care rights or against the power of Big Pharma," explains Sofie Merckx. "I am proud to be able to continue all these struggles today as group leader with the whole party collective."
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The same concern is on everyone's lips: "When our non-vaccinated colleagues are dismissed, who will take care of the patients?" Anger is everywhere, because they know what it costs them to do their job in such difficult conditions.
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The PTB was present at the beautiful demonstration in the trade union front on 6 December 2021.
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The delegates of the PTB-PVDA Unity Congress have elected Raoul Hedebouw as the party's new president by a large majority. Hedebouw, who received 94.1% of the vote, is taking over from Peter Mertens. The announcement was made during the closing session of the congress, which - due to compulsory health measures - had to be held online.
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On 5 December, the Workers’ Party of Belgium (PTB-PVDA) will elect its new president at its statutory congress. Peter Mertens announces that he will not stand for re-election and will pass the torch. Peter Mertens has presided over the Marxist party for thirteen years, and has been the main architect of the party's renewal. From a small party, the PTB-PVDA has become a major political player in the whole country.
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Thanks to the Covid vaccine, pharmaceutical multinationals are making hundreds of millions of euros. But did you know that their thirst for profit is prolonging the pandemic? Marc Botenga, Member of the European Parliament (PTB-PVDA), explains why this is the case, but also how to make sure it changes.
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On 9 October, the national headquarters of Italy's main trade union, CGIL, was the victim of an organised attack by demonstrators who openly claimed to be fascists. Led by members of the fascist group Forza Nuova, among others, dozens of demonstrators wrecked the CGIL headquarters in Rome.