19 April 2021
The International Bolshevik Tendency (IBT) in Oxford has been involved in initiating and building two demonstrations against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill going through the British parliament. On both 3 and 17 April, hundreds of mainly young people mobilised in Bonn Square for speeches, chants and music and then marched to the central police station. The protests were supported by a broad coalition of groups representing trade unions, climate activists, anti-fascists, queer and trans rights activists, opponents of the oppression of black people and other ethnic minorities, among others. The demonstrations included socialists, anarchists, syndicalists, Labour Party supporters, environmentalists, Black Lives Matter and national liberation movements.
Speaking from the platform at Bonn Square, an IBT supporter highlighted the class nature of the police as a core part of the capitalist state and defenders of private property, and opposed the idea that police “trade unions” should be part of the workers' movement. She argued for a revolutionary workers' party that would mobilise the working class and all oppressed groups to not only defeat capitalist state repression but capitalism itself.
Cause Capitalism a 'Serious Inconvenience': Defend the right to protest! (28 March 2021)
IMT: ‘Defund the Police’ or ‘Workers in Uniform’? (14 June 2020)