International youth camp
By Nikki Ulasowski and Paul Howes
BRIODE, FRANCE — "A Breach In Fortress Europe" was the theme of the 14th annual youth camp hosted by JCR-Red, the French youth section of the Fourth International.
Around 500 activists from across western Europe, Japan, Russia, Uruguay, Poland and Australia attended the camp which was held July 19-25.
Discussion covered the European political situation, racism and fascism, feminism and challenges facing the left today. Workshops covered a broad range of topics including student campaigns, unemployment, capitalism in eastern Europe, workers' struggles, abortion rights and genetics and biotechnology.
A highlight was a rally focussing on the life of the revolutionary Che Guevara. The Zapatistas' struggle for social justice in Mexico was also emphasised as a source of inspiration for the left today.
Social events centred on the themes of solidarity with the Third World, and gay and lesbian rights. Women-only space and a gay- and lesbian-only spaces were provided at the camp. A solidarity action in support of the striking Liverpool dockers raised over £400 for the strike fund.