Fifteen thousand students marched in Dublin on 22 October against education cuts made by the Irish government because the world crisis has sent its tax receipts slumping. Another big demonstration, initiated by the teachers’ union INTO, is due in Dublin on 6 December.
Pensioners are protesting against another Irish government decision, to means-test free medical care for over-70s.
Greek workers joined a general strike on 21 October against privatisation and pension cuts.
In Italy, two and a half million workers and students demonstrated in Rome on 25 October against education cuts and racist anti-immigrant measures by the government.
The common theme in all these actions is the slogan of the Italian students: "We are not paying for your crisis!"
This is a crisis of capitalism, of the whole system of competitive profit-grabbing. It is the playing-out of the contradictions and imbalances and debt “bubbles” which have developed over the last three decades as the underside of the Thatcher-Reagan, “neo-liberal”, global-market, privatise-and-deregulate, mode of capitalist growth.
The Irish students, and the Greek and Italian workers, have shown us how to start fighting back.