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On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. Or, to be more precise, the border guards opened the gates and allowed crowds from East Berlin to cross into the west. People celebrated by climbing onto the wall and dancing.

The fall of the wall was widely seen as a victory for freedom. But things are not that simple.

In the three decades since 1989, new walls have gone up, and existing walls and other barriers to the free movement of people have been strengthened, in many parts of the world.

A protest calling for a ban on new fossil fuel projects, outside SA parliament on October 18.

Fossil Free SA and supporters called for a ban on new fossil fuel projects in South Australia, at a protest held outside Parliament House on October 18. The action was called in response to a recent decision by the state Liberal government to invite new applications for oil and gas licences.

A protest against "cashless welfare" was organised by Sydney Coalition Against the Card outside a Centrelink office in Blacktown on October 19.

A rally in support of Jock Palfreeman in Melbourne on October 19.

Supporters of recently paroled Australian activist Jock Palfreeman gathered in Melbourne on October 13 to demand the government step up pressure on Bulgaria to allow him to return home.

Stop Adani activists protested at GHD offices around the country calling on the engineering firm to cut ties with Adani. The protests were part of a week of action that began on October 21.

Members of the Kurdish community and supporters held rallies across Australia on October 19 and 20 to demand Turkey end its invasion of Rojava, a predominately Kurdish region in north-eastern Syria.

Speakers at the Animal Activist Forum 2019.

More than 200 people from across the country attended the annual Animal Activist Forum, which was held this year at Melbourne Town Hall over October 19-20.

A Marxist critique of society remains incomplete if it does not consider the fact that, to make profits, capitalists have to not only exploited workers but also nature and animals.

Demonstrators celebrate the anniversary of the Rojava Revolution, in Qamishli in 2017.
Events in Syria, particularly in the Kurdish-majority north-eastern region known as Rojava, have led to several debates on the left. Australians for Kurdistan's John Tully takes up some of these and calls for support to be given to Rojava's unfolding revolution.
A protest against Turkey's invasion of Rojava, in Melbourne on October 12.

If Prime Minister Scott Morrison is as concerned about refugees as he claims to be, then Australia should condemn Turkey's invasion of Syria and secure emergency aid for those being forced to flee the region.

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