IYSSE campaign for online anti-war meeting at UK universities and town centres

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) campaigned across the UK for the December 10 international online meeting to take action against the war in Ukraine.

Thousands of copies of the statement “For a mass movement of youth and students to end the war in Ukraine!” were distributed to universities, colleges, workplaces and shopping streets.


The IYSSE branch in Inverness, Scotland, is based at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in the city and on the high street with a team that includes members who recently joined on the basis of an agreement with the declaration published on the Mobilization of a socialist anti-war movement.

Election campaign for the Inverness meeting [Photo: WSWS]

Calum explained his reasons for this by saying: “The campaign against the NATO-Russia war by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the IYSSE distinguishes it from the liberal anti-war movements of the past by insisting that the working class has the only real hope for change, and to make it clear that an end to all wars can only come through socialism.

“Faced with the possibility of global nuclear war, the supposedly ‘left’ parties across the West are bowing to the hawks. With the end of the American empire and an unprecedented crisis in capitalism, the political classes are uniting in their suicidal urge to secure their global dominance or kill us all trying. A genuine international anti-war movement is the first step towards a broader international alliance of the working class and the first stage of a genuine global revolution.

Joe said: “Youth are increasingly becoming disillusioned or losing faith in our government and other governing bodies around the world. This applies to propaganda surrounding the war effort or justifications for the mass deaths caused by COVID-19 or the cost of living crisis that is leaving many of us unable to eat or heat our homes while companies like Shell are making £31billion in profits .

“Former Prime Minister Liz Truss showed her indifference to human life when she vowed to drop a nuclear bomb on Russia. Now Rishi Sunak has vowed to continue the ongoing war, stating that his priorities are to support our armed forces to support a war that must be “fought to its end”.

“With NATO nuclear bombing Europe and Biden warning of Armageddon, what many see as an isolated war is the implementation of a longstanding US imperialist war strategy. We are heading towards a global conflict. This is one of the reasons I stand with the ICFI and the IYSSE to build a global movement against imperialist war among the youth and working class.”

IYSSE campaign team at the UHI campus in Inverness [Photo: WSWS]

Sandy said: “The war in Ukraine is being hypocritically justified by invoking the self-determination of nations, which I oppose. The nation-state is historically incompatible with the development of an integrated and interdependent world economy. The interests of the working class are being suppressed by the state apparatus in the interests of the national bourgeoisie and global imperialism.

“Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the US has sought to reverse its long-term economic decline and quell its internal class tensions through imperialist wars, justified with bogus threats to “human rights” for which it is the sole judge, jury and executioner.

“The US-NATO-backed war in Ukraine has the overarching goal of crushing Russia and controlling its resources, threatening humanity with nuclear annihilation. Resistance to the war is growing, but the IYSSE must develop among workers a scientific understanding of history, knowledge of the capitalist mode of production and the resulting social conditions, and insight into the true nature of the contemporary war.”

An IYSSE team from Glasgow Strathclyde University spoke to students from several countries including India, Iran, Russia and Kazakhstan. Twenty-two contacts were made at Glasgow University, with many students expressing concern at the lack of serious coverage of the war. Other students, aware of NATO’s eastward push and its relationship to the collapse of the Soviet Union, feared that world war might result.