Stop Arms to Ukraine. Stop the War… Workers Block Delivery of U.S. Weapons in Greece, Italy and Germany

The way to end the war is to stop it. It costs us very little to give the Russians basic security and make Ukraine, with its now nazi led 250,000 strong military, into a neutral state in the EU.

All US dominated goverments and media are demanding more and more lethal arms to be sent free to Ukraine to fight Russia. Most people go along with this, but a moment’s reflection shows you cannot put out a raging fire by pouring gasoline on it.

Russia has a huge military, plenty of cash, is now the strongest Nuclear Power and is controlled by a dictatorial authoritarian state with strong public support.

We cannot defeat Russia by pouring arms into a corrupt bankrupt state, now fatally crippled with no air force and with a now nazi controlled military.

In Belarus, railroad workers have refused to deliver urgently needed supplies for the Russian army.

It’s just another chapter in the endless wars financing the US military/industrial economy. This is more War Capitalism desperate for new markets to save the precarious US financial empire.

That’s why Russia has had to endure ever increasing NATO provocation, endless new bases, missiles, and nuclear armed planes and ships on its borders.

Elsewhere, as in Pisa, Italy, airport workers have refused to deliver weapons, ammunition, and explosives to Ukraine.

Russia was also forced to put up with 8 years of ongoing Ukrainian shelling of the ethnic Russian population in Donbass, killing an estimated 14,000 people, with zero wortd or MSM outcry .

The way to end the war is to stop it. It costs us very little to give the Russians basic security and make Ukraine, with its now nazi led 250,000 strong military, into a neutral state in the EU.

The alternative is endless slaughter and suffering on all sides. When will we wake up from Media and pandemic induced mass hysteria and racist nationalism, stop the arms deliveries and demand a sane and agreed end to the Ukraine war.

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Greek Railroad Workers Block Delivery of U.S. Tanks to Ukraine – World …

worldbeyondwar.org  by Simon Zinnstein, Left Voice, April 11, 2022

Workers at TrainOSE, a Greek railroad company, have been refusing to transport U.S. tanks destined for Ukraine from Alexandroupoli, a port in the northern part of the country. After workers there refused, bosses tried to force railroad workers from elsewhere to take on the work.

Image of a tank with the number 32 written to the center left. Red smoke is coming out of the tank on the right side.

“For about two weeks now,” the (KKE) said in a statement, “there has been pressure on the employees of the engine room in Thessaloniki to go to Alexandroupoli.” 

The bosses’ desperate effort to find workers who would move the transport forward was unsuccessful. The argument from employers that they should have no specific interest in what they are transporting came to nothing, even with a threat regarding the workers’ contract, which states, “An employee can be deployed according to the needs of the company.” Further threats of dismissal also proved fruitless.

Protests erupt in Italy, Bulgaria against arms supplies to … Simultaneously, the workers refused to load weapons into the aircraft. Lethal weapons are being supplied to Ukraine under the guise of humanitarian aid, according to a USB statement.

As this developed, the unions intervened, demanding that Greek railroad workers not be used to transport military equipment and an end to the threats against those who refused to move NATO armaments. A union statement states,

No participation of our country in military conflicts in Ukraine, which are committed in the interests of the few at the expense of the peoples. In particular, we demand that our country’s railway rolling stock not be used to transfer the U.S.-NATO arsenal to neighboring countries.

The statement puts the union at odds not only with the bosses, but also with U.S. president Joe Biden. Just last Monday, Biden announced that the United States would spend 6.9 billion euros on Ukraine and NATO member states to “enhance the capabilities and readiness of U.S. forces, allies, and regional partners in the face of Russian aggression.”

Unfortunately, the TrainOSE bosses managed to bring in scabs, and the weapons were eventually moved along — but not without a final action by the striking workers, who doused the tanks with red paint.

This boycott of a weapons delivery shows once again that workers are capable of ending the war.

In Belarus, too, railroad workers have refused to deliver urgently needed supplies for the Russian army.

Now Greek workers have joined this international call. They are showing everyone that everyday workers can stop the war. It’s a model for German railroad workers who have already demonstrated, with an initial rally in Berlin against arms deliveries, that they oppose the war in Ukraine.

rally in Berlin

From the revolutionary Left, we encourage worldwide mobilizations against the war that demand the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine and denounce NATO’s role and the rearmament of Western imperialist powers.

We must fight to ensure that opposition to the Russian invasion, expressed by those demonstrating against the war across the globe and particularly in Europe, does not become a mechanism for promoting militarism and the rearmament of the imperialist powers.

International working-class unity, which is more necessary than ever, can be developed by only intervening in this way in the struggles that are now in full swing.

First published in German on April 3 in Klasse Gegen Klasse.

Italian workers block arms shipment bound for Ukraine under guise of humanitarian aid

ITALIAN communists have demanded urgent answers after airport cargo workers in Pisa blocked a shipment of weapons bound for Ukraine under the guise of humanitarian aid.

Boxes bound for Kiev contained weapons, ammunition and explosives instead of much-needed food and medicines for the Ukrainian people.

Airport workers refused to load the deadly cargo which they said was set to be transported to US and Nato bases in Poland before being shipped to Ukraine.

Biden mobilizes US military industry to arm Ukraine

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