Rest in Power Bassem Chit

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My love goes out to everyone who knew Bassem Chit, who has died suddenly and prematurely of a heart attack. He was a socialist, an opponent of sectarianism, and a key ally of the comrades who founded Lebanon’s Helem, an LGBT campaign which fought against imperialism for justice and against dictatorship – making a space for LGBT rights among anti-imperialists and on the left just as once in Britain LGSM made gay rights part of the miners’ struggle.

“Social identities are not fixed”, Chit argued, “It is precisely the ruling classes and the order of the market that wish to restrict them in this way. The dissolution of social identities can occur only when society is truly free from oppression and exploitation”.

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