uprisings

The Sidi Bouzid revolution: Ben Ali flees as protests spread in Tunisia

Friday 14 January 2011 -- After a dramatic 24 hours when Tunisia's dictator president Ben Ali first tried promising liberalisation and an end to police shootings of demonstrators and then, this evening at 16:00, declaring martial law, he has finally fallen from office. While the rumours are still swirling, one thing is clear, Ben Ali has left Tunisia and the army has stepped in. The comments after this article contain continuous updates of the uprising.

We are an image from the future: the Greek revolt of December 2008

A collection of interviews, recollections, communiqués and articles about the December 2008 uprising in Greece in the wake of the murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos by the police in Athens.

On Vietnam - Ngo Van Xuyet

Extracts of articles about class struggle and the revolutionary movement in Vietnam in the 1930s and 40s written by Ngo Van Xuyet.

Apology for the Algerian insurrection - Jaime Semprun

Translated extracts of a pamphlet on the 2001 Algerian insurrection.

Solidarnosc: trade unionism in Poland - Subversion

Subversion look at Solidarność's role in the uprisings which preceded the end of Stalinist rule in Poland.

The Poltava uprising against the Bolsheviks, 1920

Ukraine, Nov 1919 - black border is present day Ukrainian border

A short account of the large scale uprising against the Bolsheviks throughout Poltava province in the Ukraine.

'As many enemies as there are slaves’: Spartacus and the politics of servile rebellion in the late republic

Gladiators

A short essay on the politics (real and imagined) of the Three Servile Wars that shook the Roman Empire, with an emphasis on the rebellion led by Spartacus between 73 and 71 B.C.

Spartacus revolt: inspiration for the proletariat

While waiting to hear someone justify what looks at first sight at least like an attempt to sell the Spartacus story as a form of pornography, it's worth drawing attention to why communists from Marx onwards and no doubt before have held the name Spartacus in such high esteem. This is an article published in World Revolution and the ICC's website. It came out not long after the success of Russel Crowe's Gladiator.

May-June 1968 - A Situation Lacking in Workers' Autonomy

Mouvement Communiste's detailed history and analysis of the movement of May-June 1968 in France.

The Everyday Lives of Parisian Women and the October Days of 1789 - David Garrioch

'The men are holding back, the men are cowards . . . we will take over'

On 5 October 1789 thousands of Parisian women tramped twelve miles to Versailles to bring the king back to the capital. This event radicalised the French Revolution.