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Manchester Rally - The Russian Revolution 1917-2017
Sat 25 March 2017, 13:00 – 16:00 GMT
The Russian Revolution of 1917 was the first time in history that workers took power. The revolution arose from the mass murder of the First World War and the poverty and oppression of capitalism in Russia. It marked the beginning of a revolutionary period across Europe when ordinary workers and peasants challenged capitalism and fought for a world were people were put before profit. 2017 marks the centenary of the Revolution and through the year there will be events marking the annivesary and examining the different stages of the struggle.
In this Manchester rally, organised by the SWP, Alex Callinicos, Sally Campbell and other speakers will discuss the Revolution, the role of the Bolsheviks led by Lenin and Trotsky and the way that the revolution was also a "festival of the oppressed" involving the most downtrodden and oppressed people. Join us to celebrate the struggle of 1917 and fight the ongoing fight for socialism.
There will be a socialist book stall at the event with lots of radical books for sale, including many second hand at cheap prices. We are charging for entrance (£3 waged, £1 unwaged) to help cover the cost of venue hire, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Alex Callinicos is a leading member of the SWP and has written numerous books, including The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx and Imperialism and Global Political Economy.
Sally Campbell is the editor of Socialist Review magazine and the author of A Rebel's Guide to Rosa Luxemburg.
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