Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria
DSM, PO Box 2225, Agege, Lagos
Come to DSM secretariat at 49 Charity Road New Oko-Oba, Abule-Egba, Lagos,
Call our national office on 0805 304 5953
17 January 2019
A three day general strike in Zimbabwe was set in motion on January 14 in response to the deteriorating economic situation in the country. The strike was organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and local activists as an immediate challenge to the 150 percent fuel price hike announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on January 12.
31 December 2019
Sudan has been rocked by extensive anti-government protests since December 19, unprecedented in their geographic scope and duration. People in the diaspora have come out in large numbers worldwide in front of Sudanese embassies to showcase their solidarity with the heroic struggle of their brothers and sisters. In contrast, most media outlets in neighbouring countries have been silent about this new stage of the brewing Sudanese revolution, afraid that the collapse of Omar al-Bashir's three decades long dictatorship might provoke a new wave of uprisings across the region.
13 December 2018
Mass protests shake country
President tries to buy time by making concessions
For more than a month now, since 17 November, France has seen an apparently unstoppable revolt from below. Wearing 'gilets jaunes', the yellow jackets every vehicle in France must carry, a massive tide of very visible protest has swept the country, initially against a rise in the tax on diesel fuel, but rapidly becoming a revolt of the oppressed against 'the president of the rich', Emmanuel Macron.
23 November 2018
By Chinedu Bosah
Chinese President Xi Jinping announced at the 2018 China-Africa Cooperation Forum that $60 billion will be offered to African countries in aid and loans to enable it speed up development. Many bourgeois commentators and unfortunately some trade union activists have hailed China as being magnanimous. It is not true that China is being magnanimous, it is that other factors are forcing China to look elsewhere to sustain its exploitation. Although its leaders falsely call themselves "socialist" China is an imperialist country and must seek other places for exploitation and pillage.
23 November 2018
By Tom Crean, Socialist Alternative, US
The midterm elections in the U.S. represented a limited "blue wave" and an overall rejection of Trump by the electorate. Republicans were relieved their losses weren't worse while many progressive workers and youth were disappointed the outcome wasn't more decisive. It came in the wake of an election campaign where Trump sought to mobilize his base by whipping up fear of immigrants and using overt racism while the Democrats focused on "rejecting hate" and defending Obamacare but offered little that was concrete to working class people.
14 November 2018
The horrific slaughter of the First World War has haunted generations. By the time it ended, it had put into question the ‘right’ of the ruling classes to rule, something that helped provoke revolutions and mass struggles around the world. Just the huge military casualties, officially nearly 10 million, maybe more, soldiers killed and many millions wounded, led to a revulsion against a war which many saw as a contest between rival empires and powers, often with no real fundamental differences in character between them.
The combination of the effect of the world war and the October 1917 Russian revolution’s impact was felt far and wide, both in imperialist and colonies. As part of a radicalisation in the working class, and a rejection of those Social Democrat leaders who supported their “own” capitalist classes, the Communist International became the largest organised worldwide revolutionary movement seen so far.
6 September 2018
Protest against imprisonment of striking workers in China and attacks on democratic rights in Hong Kong
Members of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) visited the Chinese Embassy in Abuja on Tuesday, September 4, to submit a protest letter to the Chinese government demanding an end to oppression in Hong Kong and also end to oppression of Jasic technology workers in Schenzen, southern China. We called for immediate release of Shen Mengyu, the Jasic workers’ leader, who has been incarcerated since August 10.
12 May 2018
Resolution of the DSM 22nd Congress, April 2018
Internationally, there has been much mention of economic 'recovery' but there has mean no creation of substantial, long-term jobs in much of the US, in Europe (in the East as well as the West) or in the neo colonial world. Even a reasonable upturn could help to restore the confidence of the working class and prepare the masses for struggle. In fact, this is a 'recovery' once more largely fuelled by debt, the figures for which continue to alarm the capitalist class worldwide.
The effects of this will be profound not just in advanced countries but in the neo-colonial world even, perhaps particularly, China. The US and China are now the dominant, decisive players in the world economy. Yet by not overcoming the 2007-08 crisis, and using debt to stoke the economy, the fear of another financial crash is still there and potent.
18 March 2018
For several months, the English-speaking population of Cameroon has been fighting for more investment in the region and respect. The government, under the leadership of President Paul Biya, proceeds to brutal repression.
Since the end of 2016 there have been major actions by workers and the poor in the two English-speaking regions in the west of Cameroon. In recent weeks, the deadly repression has been stepped up by the Cameroonian state. This has led to a strengthening of separatist feelings.
20 February 2018
Does Ramaphosa offer any hope for the working class?
Ramaphosa's replacement of Zuma as South African president has been welcomed by most including working class people. They hope he will make good on his promise to root out corruption, lift the economy out of the doldrums, create jobs, eradicate poverty and raise living standards.
But herein lies the contradiction. The expectations of the capitalist class and the working class are irreconcilable and Ramaphosa is the candidate of big business.
The leftwing trade unions must put into effect their decision to create workers' party.