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Internationalism from Below: Thailand, Nigeria, and Belarus

The last year has seen a tsunami of protests and uprisings across the world — in Algeria, Chile, France, Guinea, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Poland, Sudan, the United States and beyond, millions of people have taken to the streets to protest austerity, authoritarianism, racial injustice and state violence, and to demand equality, democracy, justice, and liberation.

In the most recent wave, popular uprisings in Thailand, Nigeria, and Belarus have brought their countries to a standstill with demonstrations and strikes, and have faced brutal repression in response. In this panel discussion, activists from each country will explain their movements, demands, and strategic and tactical debates — and will offer ideas about how activists throughout the world can build international solidarity from below to help them win.



Lek Patchanee is a member of the Socialist Workers Thailand Group, labor rights activist, researcher and journalist in Bangkok.

Lai Brown is the Organizing Secretary of the Automobile, Boatyards, Transport, Equipment and Allied Senior Staff Association (AUTOBATE) and National Secretary of the Socialist Workers and Youth League in Lagos.

Siarhei Biareishyk is an activist from Belarus and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Lala Peñaranda ( moderator) is an activist from Colombia, labor organizer with Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED) and member of the International Committee of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).