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Remembering August 1969: A link… August 21, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

This will be of interest and thanks to JM for forwarding it – from Marxists.org.

he attitude of the International Socialists to the introduction of British troops in August 1969 has been a subject of much controversy on some parts of the left. The usual allegation is along the lines that Socialist Worker either called for the introduction of troops or welcomed them. The articles below are from the first issue of the paper after the deployment of troops. Whether the line adopted was correct or not, it should be clear from the articles that the allegations described above are false and that the IS didn’t regard the troops as the solution of the crisis.


1. Jolly Red Giant - August 21, 2019

“The breathing space provided by the presence of British troops is short but vital. Those who call for the immediate withdrawal of the troops before the men behind the barricades can defend themselves are inviting a pogrom which will hit first and hardest at socialists.” (Socialist Worker, No. 137, 11 September 1969)


Pangurbán - August 22, 2019

Ah jolly red giant you’re back: what’s your view on the split in the CWI? ( and on the neo mandelite deviation)

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