cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngIsrael is a Terror State! Rally to Support our Palestinian Brothers and Sisters!

 

Thousands of Palestinians shot in cold blood on a single day by Israeli occupation troops!

 

Emergency Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 15.05.2018 (05:00 UTC Time), www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

  1. According to the latest reports, at least 58 Palestinians were killed on 14 May in Gaza and more than 2,700 others wounded as the Israeli army fired live ammunition, tear gas and firebombs at unarmed Palestinian protesters. Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed at least 107 Palestinians in the enclave and wounded about 12,000 people.

 

  1. Symbolically, this massacre took place at the same time as the provocative opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Trump’s decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem reflects the unlimited support of US imperialism for the annexation of Palestine by the Zionist state. Unsurprisingly, the White House claimed, in press conference on 14 May, that “the responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas”. It reiterated the Trump administration’s refrain that “Israel has a right to defend itself”! There can be no doubt: The “Axis of Evil” on the Palestinian question consists of US, Israel and Saudi Arabia!

 

  1. Today is the day which Palestinians mourn as the “Nakba” or “Catastrophe” when, in 1948, hundreds of thousands of them were driven out of their homes by the Zionist aggressors in order to create the Israeli state. We can expect even larger mass protests today. And we have to assume that the bloodthirsty Zionist killers are prepared to slaughter even more Palestinian brothers and sisters.

 

  1. Around the world, popular masses are shocked and enraged about this incredible massacre. Thousands marched spontaneously in Istanbul on the same day. Today, the Palestinian people will hold a general strike. Hamas is calling for a new Intifada. Reflecting this outrage in the field of bourgeois diplomacy, both Turkey and South Africa withdrew their ambassadors from Israel. Turkey also called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

 

  1. The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) sends its warmest greetings to the heroic Palestinian brothers and sisters who are fighting for their freedom and who are ready to sacrifice their lives for the future of their people! We send our warmest condolences to the families of the 107 martyrs who have been murdered by the Zionists since March 30. We declare our unconditional solidarity with the protests of the Palestinians and all advocates of freedom around the world!

 

  1. The RCIT and its predecessor organization as well as its comrades in Occupied Palestine have fought for decades against the barbaric Zionist oppression of the Palestinian people. Our solidarity with the Palestinian brothers and sisters will continue until they have achieved freedom, until the millions of Palestinian refugees can return to their home and until the Zionist entity will be replaced by a Free Red Palestine with equal civil rights to the Arabs and the Israeli Jews!

 

  1. The RCIT calls for an end of all forms of collaboration with the Zionist terror state. We reiterate: It is urgent to break the conspiracy of the Palestinian Authority to liquidate the resistance against the Israeli occupation. For an immediate stop to all forms of collaboration of the Palestinian Authority with the Israeli state! For a popular Intifada! Build popular committees and self-defense committees composed of Palestinian workers, poor peasants, and youth in places of work, towns, and villages!

 

  1. We repeat: The Palestinian people need our international solidarity more than ever! The whole world must be shaken by mass mobilizations and determined resistance to counter the Zionist terror. Protest in front of the US and Israeli embassies! Support popular actions against the Israeli state! Force the governments around the world to stop their open and hidden economic, political and military aid for the Zionist state!

 

* No to the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel capital! Protest in front of the US and Israeli embassies!

 

* Revive the Palestinian Intifada!

 

* For popular committees and self-defense committees composed of Palestinian workers, poor peasants, and youth in places of work, towns, and villages!

 

* For international solidarity actions including mass demonstrations and popular actions against Israel!

 

* Stop economic, political and military aid for the Zionist state!

 

* Lift the Israeli blockade against the Gaza! Egyptian workers and peasants: Break the reactionary blockade of the al-Sisi regime against Gaza!

 

* Israeli workers and youth: Turn against the racist demagogues! Defend the Palestinians against the reactionary settlers, the fascist gangs, and the army!

 

* For a Free Red Palestine!

 

* Unite the Arab Revolution with a renewed Intifada in Palestine! Support the Syrian Revolution against the reactionary Assad dictatorship! Bring down the reactionary military dictatorship of General al-Sisi in Egypt! Support the Yemeni people against the Saudi aggression!

 

* Onward to the building of a revolutionary workers’ party as part of a World Party for Socialist Revolution!

 

 

 

International Secretariat of the RCIT

 

 

 

The names of the Palestinian martyrs are listed (and regularly updated) on a special site of Al Jazeera. (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/gaza-protest-latest-updates-180406092506561.html)

 

 

 

For the analysis of the RCIT and its comrades in Occupied Palestine of the Palestinian liberation struggle, we refer readers to our numerous articles and documents accessed from the Africa and Middle East section of our website: https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/ as well as the website of our section in Occupied Palestine: http://the-isleague.com/.

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngThe Mad Man plays with fire, again

 

A Commentary on Trump’s Decision to Pull the U.S. out of the Iran Nuclear Deal

 

by Michael Pröbsting, International Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 9 May 2018, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

The Mad Man did it, again. On 8 May, U.S. President Trump declared another international treaty dead. This time he announced that “that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal”. Soon after his speech the White House issued a statement that the US president directed his “administration to immediately begin the process of re-imposing sanctions. (…) The re-imposed sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran’s economy, such as its energy, petrochemical, and financial sectors.” (1)

 

It is hardly necessary at this place to explain the bizarre logic of Trump’s reasoning for his decision. Leaving aside fanatic war-mongers from the Zionist state a la Netanyahu and Lieberman, no sane person has claimed until now that Iran has violated the so-called Iran nuclear deal (also formally known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). The International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly confirmed that Tehran has been meeting its nuclear commitments fully. Even official of the Trump Administration have to admit this.

 

In his speech, Trump claimed that “the Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror. It exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflicts across the Middle East, and supports terrorist proxies and militias such as Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban and al-Qaeda.” (2)

 

Surely, every supporter of the working class and oppressed liberation struggle despises the capitalist theocratic regime in Teheran and its reactionary war against the Syrian people as well as the workers and national minorities in its own country. (3)

 

But who is the world’s leading power to lecture others?! It has attacked countries around the world without any provocation – to name just Afghanistan and Iraq as the latest examples. It has slaughtered myriads of people and is responsible for the death of at least 1.2-1.4 million Iraqis since 2003. It has the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons and it has used them in the past!

 

Hamas is a terrorist organization? No, irrespective of our political opposition to this petty-bourgeois Islamist organization, it is Israel which barbarically oppresses, starves and kills the Palestinians while Hamas repeatedly stood at the top of just wars of defense.

 

Similarly in Afghanistan, where the U.S. forces are the barbarians who have brought disaster to the people while the Taliban, irrespective of our rejection of their political agenda, only defend their homeland.

 

It is a true reflection of the modest knowledge or the malicious mindset (or both) of the U.S. President when he claims that Iran is the sponsor of the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Could it be the case that Trump has never heard about deep sectarian hatred between Sunni and Shia political extremists? And are we wrong in assuming that Trump has never heard of the massive tensions between the Sunni Pashtun-based Taliban and the Shia-dominated Iran? Or about the war being waged by pro-Al Qaida forces in Syria against the Iranian occupation troops? Surely, Trump is someone who makes any farmer from Nebraska look like an enlightened man of the world!

 

However, the real problem is not the intellectual simple-mindedness of the U.S. President who can’t even articulate a complete sentence without a teleprompter and who most likely would have difficulties to identify the geographical location of Iran on a world map. Neither can this all be explained by Trumps numerous affairs with Porno stars, crooks, Cambridge Analytics, Russian, Israeli and other agencies, etc. Surely, Muellers ongoing investigation makes Trump desperately look for political hazards and military adventures in order to avoid impeachment.

 

But various liberals fail to recognize the inner logic of these events. To them, a world which is basically working well, appears to be put on risk by an idiot who entered the White House by accident. They are blind to the historic laws behind the ascent of Trump.

 

Friedrich Engels once remarked, when discussing the role of chance in history: “Historical events thus appear on the whole to be likewise governed by chance. But wherever on the surface chance holds sway, it is always governed by inner, hidden laws and these laws only have to be discovered.” (4)

 

And indeed, Donald Dumb is only, albeit a Don Quichotte-like, agent of historical necessity. As the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) has explained in numerous books, pamphlets and statements, U.S. imperialism is in historic decline. New imperialist rivals, first and foremost Russia and China, are ascending. Russia’s domination in Syria and its growing influence in the Middle East as well as China’s economic and political expansion are unquestionable signs of this fundamental shift of the global power relations. (5)

 

This is why the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia are gung-ho to reverse their declining influence in the world and in particular in the Middle East. In order to counter this tendency, U.S. imperialism as well as smaller allied powers like Israel are fanatically determined to provoke tensions and wars. They are addicted to war and power and can not act differently.

 

We will see what the short-term consequences of Trump’s decision are. In this brief commentary we will not deal with this question in detail. However, the RCIT will publish soon a more comprehensive statement which will deal with the tactical consequences for the international workers movement and liberation forces.

 

But what we can say for sure already now is the following: the real meaning of Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal is not to provoke new negotiations. It is even not so much about imposing new economic sanctions against Iran. It is about creating a pretext for another military aggression in the Middle East.

 

In our recently published book about the world situation we have outlined more in detail the background and the inner contradictions of these developments. (6) We have predicted the inevitable escalation of the political and military tensions in the region.

 

However, at this point we will only repeat the important tactical conclusions resulting from our analysis. (7) The RCIT urges the workers and popular movements in the Middle East and globally to mobilize its forces on the following principles.

 

  1. They must oppose the aggressions of all imperialist powers – be it the U.S., Russia, Israel, China or France.

 

  1. They must defend semi-colonial countries (like Iran) and oppressed people against such Great Power aggressions while retaining their political opposition to those semi-colonial capitalist regimes.

 

  1. They must support all popular struggles and just wars of defense both against foreign aggressors as well as against domestic capitalist regimes (e.g. in Syria, Yemen, Iran, Egypt, etc.). This must not lead them to lend any political support to the forces at the top of such struggles.

 

  1. The crucial task for the vanguard of the working class and the liberation forces is to rally together and to build a Revolutionary World Party based on a Marxist program.

 

The RCIT calls all authentic revolutionary forces to join us in this struggle.

 

 

 

Footnotes

 

(1) Donald Trump declares US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal, Al Jazeera, 2018-05-08, https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/donald-trump-declares-withdrawal-iran-nuclear-deal-180508141155625.html

 

(2) Transcript: Donald Trump’s Iran nuclear deal speech in full, Al Jazeera, 2018-05-08 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/transcript-donald-trump-iran-nuclear-deal-speech-full-180508192724233.html

 

(3) See e.g. RCIT: Long Live the Popular Uprising in Iran! For Committees of Action of the Workers and Poor! For Organized Self-Defense against the Police Repression! Down with the Capitalist-Theocratic Regime! Unite the Struggle of the Iranian Masses with the Arab Revolution! 01.01.2018, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/long-live-the-popular-uprising-in-iran/; RCIT: For the Iranian Revolution! Down with the capitalist Mullah dictatorship! Down with Imperialism! For a working class revolution in Iran! Action Platform for Iran by the RCIT, February 2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/iran-platform/

 

(4) Friedrich Engels: Ludwig Feuerbach and the End of Classical German Philosophy; in: MECW 26, p. 387.

 

(5) See on this our book Michael Pröbsting: The Great Robbery Of The South. Continuity and Changes in the Super-Exploitation of the Semi-Colonial World by Monopoly Capital. Consequences for the Marxist Theory of Imperialism. See also the pamphlets and essays collected at this sub-section of our website: https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/china-russia-as-imperialist-powers/

 

(6) See chapter V of Michael Pröbsting: World Perspectives 2018: A World Pregnant with Wars and Popular Uprisings. February 2018, https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/world-perspectives-2018/chapter-v/

 

(7) In addition to the above mentioned book on the world situation, we want to draw the readers’ attention in this context also to our recently published pamphlet Michael Pröbsting: Syria and Great Power Rivalry: The Failure of the „Left“. The bleeding Syrian Revolution and the recent Escalation of Inter-Imperialist Rivalry between the US and Russia – A Marxist Critique of Social Democracy, Stalinism and Centrism, 21 April 2018, https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/syria-great-power-rivalry-and-the-failure-of-the-left/

 

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngCambodia: Organize the Struggle against the Hun Sen Government

 

Build an Independent Workers Party! For a Workers and Poor Peasants Government!

 

By Joseph Adams, Revolutionary Communist International Tendency, 7 May 2018, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

Prime Minister Hun Sen, leader of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), has set the date for the Cambodian general election July 29th 2018.

 

“Cambodia’s strongman premier Hun Sen has set July 29 as the date for a highly anticipated 2018 general election, according to a document seen by AFP Saturday. The poll will be a major test for the authoritarian premier, whose government has spent the past few years cracking down on an opposition movement trying to break his 32-year grip on power.” [1]

 

Hun Sen is one of the longest serving Prime Ministers in the world having been Prime Minister five times. A corrupt bourgeois politician Hun Sen has ruled Cambodia with an iron hand suppressing all opposition and using the military to kill and imprison his political opponents. He has systematically abrogated power to himself. An Ex-Stalinist, he instituted the 1997 Coup to ensure he was the sole Prime Minister. This repressive regime is hated and despised by the masses and poor peasants who are daily exploited by his pro-capitalist policies.

 

“One of the world’s longest-serving leaders, he has been described as a ‘wily operator who destroys his political opponents’, and as a dictator who has assumed authoritarian power in Cambodia using violence, intimidation and corruption to maintain his power base. Under his dictatorial regime, thousands of opposition activists, politician’s environmentalists, and human rights workers have been murdered.” [2]

 

 

 

Long History of Authoritarian Rule

 

 

 

His repressive and autocratic regime has jailed thousands of opponents killing protesters and banning political parties who are a threat to him. Hun Sen rose to power in 1979 when the Vietnamese Stalinists installed him into power after the Cambodian civil war. Hun Sen was a battalion commander of the Khymer Rouge. After the fall of the Khymer Rouge, Hun Sen was well placed with the support of the Vietnamese military to take power.

 

“In 1977, during internal purges of the Khmer Rouge regime, Hun Sen and his battalion cadres fled to Vietnam. Hun Sen became one of the leaders of the rebel army and government that the Vietnamese government sponsored when they prepared to invade Cambodia. When the Khmer Rouge regime was defeated, Hun Sen was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Vietnamese-installed.” [3]

 

In 1997 a coup was instigated against the Co-Prime Minister at the time and it was believed that Hun Sen had instigated the coup to remove his political opponents. After a United Nations brokered peace deal elections were arranged and Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s party won the 1998 general election.

 

“In response, Hun Sen launched the 1997 Cambodian Coup replacing Ranariddh with Ung Hout as the First Prime Minister and maintaining his position as the Second Prime Minister, a situation which lasted until the CPP’s victory in the 1998 election, after which he became the country’s sole Prime Minister.” [4]

 

Sam Rainsy, former leader of the bourgeois, pro-Western Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), has called for a boycott of the election as long as the CNRP remains a banned party and cannot stand candidates in the forthcoming general election and its leader remains under arrest on trumped up charges.

 

“Cambodia’s former opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, called on Sunday for Cambodians to boycott a general election set for July 29 if his dissolved party isn’t allowed to take part. The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was dissolved by the Supreme Court last November at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government, which alleged it was plotting to take power with the help of the United State The CNRP and the United States have denied the allegations, which followed the arrest of current party leader Kem Sokha on treason charges over the alleged plot. He has denied the charges and called them a ploy to help Hun Sen win re-election.” [5]

 

In the 2013 general election Hun Sen came close to defeat. He won only a narrow majority against a background of voting irregularities. Again arrests and attacks on political opponents were used by Hun Sen to prevent political opposition from challenging him for power. Hun Sen’s government has been marked by suspending and banning political parties for any reason whatsoever. There were protests in Phnom Penh.

 

“Having come close to defeat in 2013, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has since cracked down on the opposition, arresting key political figures and members of civil society. Nevertheless the main opposition, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) made significant strides in this year’s local elections (gaining 44% of the popular vote). The CNRP believes it can win next year’s general election During opposition demonstrations in Freedom Park, Phnom Penh, after the 2013 election, one person was killed after police used tear gas and live bullets to disperse the protesters. Repeat incidents are possible, particularly if hardcore CNRP activists react negatively to the increasing government force which many anticipate.” [6]

 

 

 

Poor Semi-Colony Super-Exploited by Imperialism

 

 

 

Cambodia is a very poor semi colonial country with a largely agricultural economy. It has a poverty rate of at least 40%. Hun Sen and the Cambodian People’s Party have opened up the country to foreign investors. Cambodia is heavily influenced by imperialist powers like China which invest heavily in the country and exploit the workforce who are paid low starvation wages.

 

“Cambodia is set for expected GDP growth of 7% this year and next, as it continues to evolve from an agricultural to a market economy (aided by vast reserves of onshore and offshore gas fields, which will help to diversify the economy and drive future growth.” [7]

 

As the RCIT has previously commented, Cambodia is highly indebted to imperialist powers like China which is now challenging the older Great Powers like USA, Japan and Europe for a bigger share of the global market.

 

“Furthermore Cambodia is highly indebted to imperialist financial capital. It has external debts equivalent to 40% of its Gross National Income. Again, Chinese banks and financial institutions are Cambodia’s largest creditor of and thereby extract huge amounts of extra-profits. The dominant position of Chinese corporations once more confirms the RCIT’s analysis of China as an emerging imperialist power which exploits poor countries around the world, and which has become a serious rival to the old imperialist powers like the US, Japan, and the EU.” [8]

 

 

 

Revolutionary Perspectives

 

 

 

The RCIT welcomes discussion and collaboration with socialists in Cambodia. In our opinion, the most important task for the vanguard of the working class and the oppressed is to organize itself independent of all factions of the bourgeoisie. Hence, instead of supporting the CPP or the CNRP, socialists should strive to build an independent Workers Party. Such a party should, in our opinion, become part of a new Workers’ International.

 

Such a Workers’ Party would put together a revolutionary program which includes the expropriation of big business – including the imperialist corporations – and the nationalization of the banks under workers’ control. Another important task would be to rally the poor peasants for a program that expropriates the big landowners and foments an agrarian revolution. However, in doing so, the Workers’ Party has to patiently explain to the workers and poor peasants that sustainable democratic reform and social improvement can only be achieved if the working class takes power and creates a government of workers and poor peasants, based on councils and popular militias of armed masses.

 

Given the systematic abuse of democratic rights by the long-time dictatorship, the RCIT suggests to Cambodian socialists to consider raising the slogan of a Revolutionary Constituent Assembly on order to discuss the political future of the country.

 

It is obvious that the coming election is a charade organised by the regime. Unsurprisingly, the CNRP is calling for the boycott of the election.

 

It is crucial that socialists protest against the fake elections. Likewise, socialists should work to prepare organising a general strike against the Hun Sen regime.

 

 

 

Footnotes

 

1) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4742542/Cambodian-PM-sets-2018-general-election-date.html

 

2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun_Sen

 

3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun_Sen

 

4) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun_Sen

 

5) https://www.voanews.com/a/cambodia-rainsy-calls-for-election-boycott/4337551.html

 

6) https://globalriskinsights.com/2017/08/cambodia-2018-election-implications/

 

7) https://globalriskinsights.com/2017/08/cambodia-2018-election-implications/

 

8) RCIT: Cambodia: Long Live the Heroic Struggle of the Textile Workers! Prepare for a General Strike! Build an Independent Workers Party! Fight for a Workers’ and Peasants’ Government! 18.1.2014, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/asia/cambodian-textile-workers-struggle/

 

 

 

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Statement by the European Bureau of the Revolutionary Communist Internationalist Tendency (RCIT), 2 May 2018, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

  1. France is shaken to its grounds by the militant strikes of the workers at French Railways (SNCF) and Air France. In addition students took action again the university reforms with some even joining the picket lines of the rail workers in solidarity. A small breeze from May 1968 is blowing into the present, as we mark its 50th Anniversary. The European Bureau of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) fully supports the current protest movements of both the workers and the students.

 

  1. We, as the European Bureau of the RCIT, also state that it is the vanguard of the working class in France (as well as in Europe as such) which must be the one in charge of leading the movement to its success. For this, the class-conscious workers need to learn from past mistakes and implement a revolutionary strategy in order to achieve its goals. Most urgent and important is the slogan: Pour la Grève Générale – Illimitée, militante, multinationale! For the General Strike – indefinite, militant and multinational!

 

  1. The current strikes of the railway workers as well as the workers from Air France are directed against both the neo-liberal government of Emmanuel Macron and the management of SNCF and Air France. The French government wants to implement massive cuts in the pensions and social benefits for public workers while the managements propose ridiculous offers to raise workers wages only by 2%. In addition the university students fight back against plans to change the university admissions rules which would mean closed doors for working class students and students from low-income families as such. It is no surprise that these strikes occur as the neo-liberal Macron government is known to be a government for the big bosses.

 

  1. The hundreds of students who joined the picket lines of the SNCF workers are mainly from Lille, Lyon, Bordeaux and Strasbourg. While it is an important signal of solidarity by the university students, the strike movement as such needs to grow and win other major parts of the working class for a (indefinite) general strike. The vague calls for rubbish collectors and energy sector workers to join the strikes must be turned into an organized mobilization, based on democratically elected strike committees which reach out to other sectors. In addition to the efforts to win other workers, the support of other layers of the society such like the university students must be highly welcome.

 

  1. The solidarity of the university students as well as the solidarity of other layers of the society is welcome. However, it cannot and should not replace the unification of various sectors of our class, the working class in a broad general strike movement. Furthermore it is not the task of the university students to achieve such unification for the workers as the university students will not and should not be the leadership of the general strike movement. Also, the bureaucrats of the labour movement must be challenged as they have shown in the past that they don’t act in the interest of the rank-and-file. Instead of the bureaucracy, it is important to form a vivid and militant leadership by the most advanced and talented strike leaders inside of the rank-and-file.

 

  1. The current strike actions of the railway workers as well as the Air France workers have therefore to be based on democratically elected strike committees, which should be nominated by strike assemblies of the workers. The tasks of strike committees should not only be to organize the strike action of the local workers. Moreover they have to coordinate the strike actions of the whole region and nationwide. They have to rally for support by other sectors of the working class, trying to win them to join the strike actions. They have to campaign for solidarity actions by students not only of the universities but also from schools and for the support of the unemployed and the pensioners. Based on recent developments it becomes more than obvious that organizing of self-defence is also a crucial task for such committees.

 

  1. On the 22th March masked men with sticks and bats stormed the student sit-in in Montpellier in order to beat up the protesting students. The university dean as well as one professor were arrested as students recognized them in the group of the masked aggressors. It is highly important to learn the lesson of this albeit small incident, which is: Self-defence, self-defence, self-defence! While the university based fascist group which mobilized against the 50 student small sit-in in Montpellier might not be the most dangerous threat for a militant general strike movement, it is indeed the far right together with the oppression apparatus of the French state, i.e. the police and the military, which will inevitably become a huge physical threat to the workers if they don’t give in.

 

  1. An indefinite general strike is the only possibility to stop the cuts of the pensions, the neo-liberal sell-out of the social system and the education system. However, an indefinite general strike is for the ruling class what the red cloth is for the bull: the start of an unstoppable and bloody rage against the workers. For this the self-defence units of the workers have to prepare themselves to get armed during the ongoing general strike and to be prepared for attacks during their assemblies and protests. Any pacifist illusion during an indefinite general strike means to seriously endanger the safety of all activists of the strike movement and must be avoided! For this, serious debates have to take place and clear decisions have to be made. However, all workers who don’t want to participate in self-defence units by themselves should at least support the idea of the self-defence and its democratic implementation.

 

  1. The most important tasks for the current strike movement is to grow nationwide by winning other sectors of the working class; Organize itself democratically via strike assemblies and elected strike committees, of which each and every member can be recalled at any time by democratic means; Prepare to fight back aggressions by far right activists and the repression apparatus of the French state. And: Become as multinational as possible! In Europe and mainly in France the number of Islamophobic and racist attacks in general is increasing. In the same time the working class has a high and rapidly growing share of migrants. This multinational character is a big advantage as it means that numerous experiences from the international class struggle enrich the strike movement and the working class in France. We need to win the support of the militant youth in the banlieues, who have a lot of experience to share. These experiences have to be actively incorporated in the fighting arsenal of our whole class. For this workers with a migrant background have not only to be heard but they also have to play a leading role in the general strike movement!

 

  1. Furthermore the French state is perfectly racist not only in its concrete policy of gentrification but also in its racist attacks against mainly Arab people and/or Muslim people via restrictions of religious rights and brutal deportation practices. Each and every shade of racism inside the general strike movement, even the thinnest one, has to be repulsed by a broad, serious and permanent anti-racist campaign. Such a campaign means also to form structures like a caucus. The same is the case for the struggle against sexism and other forms of oppression. In a broad strike movement every oppressed layer, like migrants, women, youth, LGBT and others should have the possibility to form a caucus supported by all other workers. In addition, the general strike movement has to be led mainly by comrades from the oppressed layers of the working class. They suffer the most by the capitalist systems and have extremely valuable experiences and willpower to contribute.

 

  1. In the end, the general strike movement has to be a political movement and not to limit itself to economic demands. This means that the movement must not repeat the mistakes of the past. Although the working class played a key role in the beginning, the student movement dominated the so-called movement of 1968 by its petty-bourgeois fantasies of creating an alternative universe inside of capitalism. They played a dominant ideological and in the end political role. An even more important lesson is the counterrevolutionary role of the reformist bureaucracy. It was the Stalinist leadership of the PCF (French “Communist” Party) and the CGT trade union which sold out the powerful general strike movement. Today, the danger of a betrayal by the reformist bureaucracy is not smaller. This is why it is crucial that the vanguard of the working class builds a revolutionary party. Armed with such a party, the workers vanguard, in its multinational composition, could lead the general strike movement to victory.

 

  1. In order to move forward without repeating the mistakes of the false reformist and centrist leaderships of the past, an indefinite general strike will need a brave revolutionary force, a party of honest liberation fighters willing to lead the indefinite general strike into an armed uprising of the working class to smash the system of oppression and exploitation, to smash capitalism. We as the RCIT think that such a new workers party should be based on a consistent revolutionary program with an internationalist orientation. We think it should consist of the most experienced and most oppressed elements of our class. We therefore call all workers and oppressed in France to unite now, to fight for an indefinite general strike and to prepare for the building of a new revolutionary party.

 

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngMay Day 2018: Greetings to All Revolutionaries

 

Joint Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), Pan-Afrikan Consciousness Renaissance (Nigeria), Alkebulan School of Black Studies (Kenya), Sınıf Savaşı (Turkey), and Marxist Group ‘Class Politics’ (Russia)

 

 

 

On the occasion of May Day 2018, we send our warmest greetings to all revolutionaries around the world and to all militants fighting for the liberation of the working class and the oppressed.

 

In particular we wish to send our warmest regards to all political prisoners who are suffering state repression because of their engagement for social and democratic rights. In place of thousands we name the young Palestinian woman Ahed Tamimi, the Afro-American Mumia Abu Jamal, the Russian antifascists Viktor Filinkov and Igor Shishkin as well as the Catalans Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart.

 

We take note of

 

* the decay of the global capitalist system;

 

* the acceleration of the rivalry between the imperialist powers (US, EU, Russia, China, Japan);

 

* the acceleration of the capitalist attacks against the democratic and social rights of working class and oppressed on all continents (e.g. Brazil, Honduras, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, India, France, Catalonia, U.S.);

 

* the aggression of the Great Powers against the oppressed people (e.g. in Mali, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Chechnya, Afghanistan, etc.)

 

We resolutely declare our support for the heroic liberation struggles against the capitalist dictatorships and imperialist aggressors (e.g. Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Afghanistan). We state that only an international socialist revolution will open the road to freedom, peace and wellbeing for all people.

 

At the same time we decry the desperate lack of revolutionary leadership. As a result, the liberation struggles are currently misled by reformist, populist, or Islamist forces.

 

Hence, in conclusion, we state – in general agreement with the document “Six Points for a Platform of Revolutionary Unity Today” (see attachment) – our determination to commit our forces to jointly build a new World Party of Socialist Revolution.

 

 

 

The undersigned organizations

 

Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (Zambia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Tunisia, Israel / Occupied Palestine, Brazil, Mexico, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Britain, Germany, and Austria), www.thecommunists.net

 

Alkebulan School of Black Studies (Kenya), https://www.facebook.com/alkebulanschool/

 

Pan-Afrikan Consciousness Renaissance (Nigeria), https://m.facebook.com/pacorenaissance/?ref=bookmarks

 

Sınıf Savaşı (Turkey), http://sinif-savasi.blogspot.com

 

Marxist Group ‘Class Politics’ (Russia), https://mgkp.github.io/

 

 

 

Appendix

 

Six Points for a Platform of Revolutionary Unity Today

 

A Proposal from the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), February 2018, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

We are living in a world of rapidly accelerating contradictions and sudden turns. As capitalism is decaying, the capitalist robbers try to raise their wealth by aggressively attacking the working class and the oppressed, by increasingly destroying the environment and, at the same time, by aggravating their rivalry against each other. The survival of humanity is endangered with the uncontrolled climate change and the accelerating rivalry between the Great Powers which creates the danger of an imperialist World War III. This is why we say that the alternative is “Socialism or Stone Age!

 

This dramatic situation makes the organized struggle for socialism more necessary than ever. This means that the working class and the oppressed must have a party dedicated to the international struggle for a socialist future!

 

In our opinion, it is highly urgent that revolutionaries all over the world immediately start collaborating in laying the foundations for a principled unification, so that we drive forward the process of creating a new Revolutionary World Party with stronger forces. The starting point for the creation of such a party has to be agreement on the most important issues of the global class struggle. The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) considers the following issues as such programmatic keystones in the present political phase:

 

 

 

1) Recognition of the Accelerating Rivalry between the Imperialist Great Powers – the US, EU, Japan, Russia and China

 

It is only possible to understand the driving dynamic of the present period of capitalist crisis and to take a correct position if one recognizes the imperialist character not only of the US, EU and Japan but also of the new emerging powers, Russia and China. Only on such a basis is it possible to arrive at the only correct, anti-imperialist program on this issue – proletarian internationalism and revolutionary defeatism, i.e., the perspective of consistent struggle of the working class independent of and against all imperialist powers. This means that revolutionaries refuse to lend support to any Great Power in inter-imperialist conflicts under the slogan “The main enemy is at home!

 

A similar approach is necessary when India enters into a conflict with imperialist China, as India – a non-imperialist regional power – acts under such circumstances as a proxy for US imperialism.

 

Those who fail to recognize the reactionary and imperialist character of these Great Powers will inevitable fail to take a consistent anti-imperialist, i.e. Marxist, line and will end up, consciously or unconsciously, supporting one or the other imperialist camp as a “lesser evil”.

 

 

 

2) Consistent Struggle against Imperialism and for the Liberation of the Oppressed People

 

Revolutionaries stand for the defeat of imperialist states and their proxies in any conflict with forces representing oppressed people and for the military victory of the latter without, at the same time, giving any political support to the non-revolutionary leadership of the oppressed (e.g., petty-bourgeois Islamists, nationalists). This is true both in domestic conflicts (e.g., against an oppressed nation like the Chechen people in Russia or the East Turkestanis/Uyghurs in China) as well as in wars abroad (e.g., North Korea, Afghanistan, Syria, Mali, Somalia). Such an approach is not only valid in the countries of the South but also in cases of national oppression and discrimination inside the old imperialist states (e.g. Blacks and Native Americans in the U.S.; Catalonia’s struggle for independence against the imperialist Spanish State.)

 

Likewise, revolutionaries have to fight for Open Borders in the imperialist countries and for full equality for national minorities and for migrants (e.g. citizenship rights, language, equal wages).

 

Furthermore, revolutionaries refuse to lend support to one imperialist camp against another in any given conflict (e.g., Brexit vs. EU; Clinton vs. Trump).

 

Those who fail to support the popular struggles against oppression, referring to their bad leaderships as an excuse, desert the class struggle as it concretely takes place today and hence leave the camp of the working class and oppressed.

 

 

 

3) Continuing the Revolutionary Struggle in the Middle East and North Africa against Reactionary Dictatorships, Imperialism and Zionism

 

The mass popular uprisings in Palestine, Tunisia, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Sudan and other countries have been the most important and progressive class struggle development so far since the beginning of the new historic period in 2008. True, given the lack of a revolutionary leadership, the masses have suffered a number of terrible defeats – like the coup d’état of General al-Sisi in Egypt in July 2013, or the ongoing slaughter of the Syrian people at the hands of Assad and his foreign backers. However, the revolutionary process is continuing. This is reflected in the ongoing popular resistance in Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, etc as well as its spreading to new countries like Tunisia, Iran, Sudan and Morocco. The Palestinian and international mass movement provoked by Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital opens a new chapter of the revolutionary struggle against the imperialist powers and against the Zionist Apartheid state and for the creation of a single Palestinian state from the river to the sea (a “Free, Red Palestine”). The spontaneous popular uprisings in Tunisia as well as in Iran against the capitalist regime show that the revolutionary wave in the Middle East might be revived and spreads even to non-Arab countries. Authentic revolutionary forces must give unconditional support to these popular struggles against dictatorships and reactionary forces, without giving any political support to their non-revolutionary leaderships (e.g., petty-bourgeois Islamists and nationalists).

 

Those “socialists” who have failed to support the Arab Revolution since 2011 or who declare it as already finished and defeated, prove to be socialists and democrats only in words but not in deeds.

 

Revolutionaries oppose any reactionary war between regional power (e.g. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, etc.). They will determine their revolutionary tactics in any given war by analyzing the concrete character of the war and its political background as well as the role of imperialist powers (in particular the U.S., Russia, China) in it.

 

 

 

4) Revolutionary Struggle against Reactionary Attacks on Democratic Rights

 

Revolutionaries can only serve the interests of the working class and the oppressed if they are able to recognize the class enemy and to mobilize against it. Thus they must consistently fight against all reactionary dictatorships and corrupt and authoritarian pseudo-democracies (e.g. Syria, Togo, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe), against all forms of national and racial oppression (e.g. indigenous people in Latin America, Rohingya in Myanmar, African slaves in Libya), against all coup d’états (e.g. Egypt 2013, Thailand 2014, Brazil 2016) and against all authoritarian attacks (e.g. state of emergency in France since 2015).

 

All those who fail to recognize and to fight against these reactionary attacks but rather support them or take a neutral position, are traitors of the working class. Between them and us is a line of blood!

 

 

 

5) Application of the United Front Tactic in all Mass Struggles

 

Revolutionaries oppose all forms of sectarianism which refuses participation in mass struggles under the pretext of their non-revolutionary leaderships. Instead they apply the united front tactic in the struggles of the workers and peasants led by reformist or populist forces (e.g., trade unions, mass organizations of the peasants and the urban poor, but also political parties like PT, CUT, MST in Brazil; CGT, CTA, FIT in Argentina; MORENA in Mexico; Islamists in Egypt; rebels in Syria; EFF in South Africa; SYRIZA in Greece before 2015, PODEMOS, Basque and Catalan nationalists in the Spanish State). Such an orientation must be combined with a consistent struggle against all forms of popular-frontism and petty-bourgeois populism, and for the breaking of workers and peasants away from these non-revolutionary leaderships and to advance the formation of an independent and revolutionary Workers’ Party.

 

Those who fail to apply the united front tactic in such mass struggles, render their support for these struggles to an abstract statement without any concrete meaning.

 

 

 

6) Start Building a Revolutionary World Party Now!

 

The struggle for repelling the reactionary offensive of the ruling class and for the liberation of the working class and the oppressed can only succeed if it is combined with the struggle for the socialist revolution. This means nothing less than taking power by the working class and the oppressed and the overthrow and expropriation of the capitalist class so that the road towards socialism will be opened. History teaches us that all struggles of the masses for liberation will ultimately end in failure if they are not led by a revolutionary party. Such a party should organize the most politically conscious and dedicated fighters of the working class and oppressed, it must be free of any bureaucratic degeneration; and it must exist as an international party in order to avoid the dangers of national-centeredness.

 

Hence we call upon all organizations and activists which honestly strive towards the creation of a new Revolutionary World Party to join forces on the basis of these programmatic keystones. Concretely, the RCIT proposes that revolutionaries constitute a Joint Contact Committee in order to politically prepare and organize an International Conference which will discuss concrete steps to advance the formation of a Revolutionary World Party. The RCIT is committed to serious discussions and the closest possible collaboration with all forces who share such an outlook.

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngSpreading the Revolutionary Message on May Day 2018!

 

Report (with Pictures and Videos) on the Activities of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency and its Fraternal Organizations on May Day 2018, 3 May 2018, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and its Fraternal Organizations participated in numerous countries all over the world on May Day 2018. In a joint statement, the RCIT – together with Pan-Afrikan Consciousness Renaissance (Nigeria), Alkebulan School of Black Studies (Kenya), Sınıf Savaşı (Turkey), and Marxist Group ‘Class Politics’ (Russia) – called socialist organizations and activists to join our efforts to “build a new World Party of Socialist Revolution”. This statement has been published in 11 different languages (English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Urdu, German, Albanian, and Hebrew).

 

Comrades of the RCIT sections as well as of our fraternal organizations utilized May Day to spread the revolutionary message on all continents. Comrades distributed the joint May Day statement, sold national as well as international publications, discussed with militant workers and youth, organized independent rallies or meetings, etc. From Mexico City to Colombo, from London to Lusaka, we are united in fighting for the construction of a Revolutionary World Party!

 

Below we summarize the reports which we have received so far from our comrades and provide a number of pictures and videos.

 

Turkey

 

Comrades of Sınıf Savaşı participated in the May Day demonstrations in Istanbul and Bursa. They reported about the difficult situation of left wing forces in Turkey where they were faced, once more, by massive state repression on May Day.

 

In Istanbul, two separate marches took place. One took place at Maltepe Square. However, this demonstration was organized and dominated by the bourgeois opposition party CHP and the petty-bourgeois, mainly Kurdish, HDP. The second, more left-wing, demonstration assembled at Saraçhane Park and tried to reach the Taksim Square. The police did everything in their power to stop them. Nevertheless, in the end the police had to allow a group of 100 people to reach Taksim which was a small victory.

 

In Bursa, demonstrators were also faced with heavy pressure by the police. Many people were detained before and after the rally. However, the numbers of people participating in the May Day demonstrations was larger than in previous years.

 

Mexico

 

According to the reports of our comrades the May Day mobilization in Mexico City was rather poor. Less workers groups participated in the demonstration than in past years. Furthermore, the demonstration was much divided because the groups started at different hours and places at the centre of the city.

 

Comrades from the Mexican RCIT section and the Brigada Solidaridad Naucalpan jointly participated in the mobilizations. They also joined the demonstration of the dissident teachers of Section 10 and 11 of the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE) – the militant teachers union. (See pictures below)

 

Kenya

 

Official Labour Day celebrations in Kenya are characterized by self-adulation and announcement of so-called wage “increases” (which in reality don’t appear on the pay slip) by government officials. However, our comrades of the “Alkebulan School of Black Studies” used the Labour Day in Kenya to organize a meeting with members and sympathizers as well as local supporters in Dagoretti South. Dagoretti is an important urban slum constituency in the western part of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. It has nearly a quarter of a million people, most of them workers and low income earners and youths.

 

The Alkebulan School, which has just become a sympathizing section of the RCIT (see https://www.thecommunists.net/rcit/welcome-the-kenyan-revolutionaries-in-the-ranks-of-the-rcit/), sent us a message emphasizing the necessity of, as Karl Marx said, “Workers of all countries, unite!” The comrades discussed at the meeting the current situation for workers and adopted a document on strategy. (See pictures below)

 

Russia

 

Comrades of the Marxist Group ‘Class Politics’ (MGKP) participated in the May Day demonstration in Saint Petersburg. They joined the several hundred people-strong column organized by MPRA union (inter-regional trade-union “Workers’ Association“, other trade-unions and the KTR (Trade-union Confederation of Russia). They did so also in order to express their solidarity with the MPRA as it has been liquidated in January 2018 by court order.

 

The demonstration was addressed by various speakers, including by Viktor Tjulkin, the leader of the Stalinist RKRP. Various ultra-left groups like the misnamed “Revolutionary Workers’ Party” and the anarchist “Revalternativa” tried to draw attention to themselves with empty “rrradical” phrase-mongering.

 

The participation of LGBT activists in the May Day demonstrations is a hotly disputed issue among the Russian left. These activists face repeatedly repression by the Russian state. This year again, several LGBT activists were arrested by the police without any reason. The comrades tried to protect them but they couldn’t stop the police. Unfortunately, solidarity with these activists is not a matter of course for many of the “left”. Tjulkin expressed a common reactionary position among Stalinists when he said in his speech that feminists and LGBT activists are splitting workers’ movement. Fortunately, the MPRA did not prohibit the participation of LGBT activists this time as it was the case in previous years.

 

The MGKP comrades distributed the latest issue of their paper and intervened with several placards. These placards contained the slogans: “For shortening of the working day!”, “For the working class power!”, “For the building of the World revolutionary party!”, ”For granting citizenship for all migrants!”, “No more tortures! No more censorship! No more FSB (Federal Security Service of Russian Federation)!”, “Hands off Syria! Money for education, and not to the war!”, “For the workers’ control over production and circulation of commodities. For the abolition of “commercial secrets””. All this was a real challenge given the fact that May Day was a very rainy day in Saint Petersburg! (See pictures below)

 

Palestine

 

The RCIT comrades in Israel / Occupied Palestine had to deal with the bleak situation that the May Day rallies were either organized by the Jewish Zionist left or Palestinian pro-Assad forces. This reflects the general political situation in Israel / Occupied Palestine which is extremely difficult for revolutionaries. The country’s public opinion is soaked with ultra-chauvinist hatred and war-mongering. There is a lot of talk that Israel’s government might start a war against Iran this month.

 

The situation is worsened by the fact that the strongest “left-wing” party – the “Communist” Party Maki respectively its electoral front Hadash – is viciously pro-Assad and supports his reactionary butchery of the Syrian people. Unsurprisingly, other, more progressive Palestinian forces – like Balad – who support the popular uprising of the Syrian people against Assad boycotted the Hadash events. As a result the Hadash event was smaller than in previous years.

 

The shameful situation of these forces is also reflected in the fact that despite the heroic “Great Return Marches” in Gaza no major group has organized any significant solidarity demonstration anywhere in the country.

 

Austria

 

In Austria, comrades of the RCIT intervened successfully at the mass demonstration in Vienna organized by social democratic party. This demonstration, according to the organizers the biggest May Day event ever with 120,000 participants, reflected an increase in a spirit of resistance. This is not surprising since the social democratic party is out of government for the first time since 12 years. In comparison the two Stalinist demonstrations were very small with a few hundred participants each.

 

The Austrian RCIT section had a large book stall reflecting its vast propaganda output (see pictures below). Comrades reported about a growing interest in political alternatives among progressive workers and youth. As a result, the comrades experienced many interesting discussions with people interested in Marxism and they sold more papers than in many years before.

 

In the afternoon the section organized its own May Day rally at a square close to the Syrian embassy. The rally was joined by Syrian, Egyptian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Chechen activists with whom the section collaborates since years in our solidarity work. The rally was addressed by the leaders of the Syrian, Egyptian, and Chechen migrant community in Vienna. In addition, there were speeches by a young Iraqi activist and by a long-time Palestinian activist. Furthermore, there were speeches by four RCIT comrades, Rahime Berisha, Marek Hangler, Nina Gunić and Michael Pröbsting. (See pictures and videos of the rally below).

 

Brazil

 

Seven central trade union federations organized rallies and demonstration in the main cities of Brazil. However, only CUT – the biggest federation which is close to Lula’s reformist PT party – has been able to mobilize larger crowds. The main motto of their campaign was “Free Lula and in defence of the democracy” – in response to the recent arrest of Lula (see on this e.g. our article https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/latin-america/brazil-the-emergency-regime-advances/).

 

One major demonstration took place in Curitiba, the capital of Paraná, where Lula is in prison. About 30,000 people participated in the march (see pictures and videos below). Another mass demonstration took place in the city of São Paulo which was stronger than in previous years.

 

Comrades reported that the spirit of workers and youth at the demonstration was very militant. An increasing number of them are looking for a new political orientation given the cul-de-sac of the PT’s reformism.

 

Zambia

 

Comrades in Zambia participated in May Day demonstrations in two cities – Lusaka (the capital city) and Kitwe. Both events were organized by the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions. One event in Lusaka took place in the Kamwala district with about 300 people participating. Many workers who participated in the demonstration are employed as super-exploited labor force in Indian-owned shops in the Kamwala shopping area. In discussions with RCIT members, many workers expressed their rampant discontent about low salaries and terrible working conditions. After the meeting, some youth expressed their desire to join the ranks of the RCIT.

 

In Kitwe, an industrial town in the Copperbelt Province – a heart region of Zambia’s working class – about 1,000 workers participated in the May Day rally. Here too, low wages were the most important issue. Another issue, about which RCIT comrades had many discussion, was the experience of workers in enterprises owned by Chinese imperialists.

 

Nigeria

 

In Lagos, Nigeria’s capital city, the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress organized a mass rally in a stadium with at least 2,000 workers attending. The necessity of a rise of the minimum wage was the main issue.

 

The comrades of Pan-Afrikan Consciousness Renaissance (PACOR) participated in the rally. (See pictures below) PACOR plays a central role in a broader coalition called Movement Against Slavery and Poverty (MAPS). Other components of this coalition are the United Action for Democracy, GAFARMOG, and the National Conscience Party.

 

Together, the MAPS coalition issued a statement which was distributed on May Day as a leaflet. In this leaflet the comrades call for a “genuine and relentless mass struggle” to “win a new minimum wage.” They call for the creation of a “genuine mass working people’s political alternative. The labour movement must arise to its historical task of building a genuine Workers’ party as a vehicle through which working class people can democratically put up candidates that can stand on the programme of raising and fulfilling the demands of workers and oppressed people. The effort at reclaiming the Labour Party must be taken seriously or in any event that the party remains in its perpetually rotten state, a new mass working people’s party must be built that can forge a united front with genuine left and radical parties to displace the entire capitalist elite.” (see https://www.thecommunists.net/forum/nigeria-maps-leaflet-may-day-2018/)

 

Germany

 

Comrades of the RCIT Germany joined the May Day demonstration organized by the trade union. It was about 1,500 people strong (a similar number as last year). Jörg Hofmann, the chairman of the metal workers union tried to rally the support of demonstrators for the Social Democratic Party’s participation in the “Great Coalition” with the Conservative Party. In his speech he defended the delusional idea that the trade unions can play the role of a “constitutive element”. In other words, he preached class peace and not class struggle.

 

The comrades distributed our joint May Day statement as well as RCIT journals and hold a small meeting after the demonstration.

 

Britain

 

Comrades of the RCIT Britain joined the May Day rally in London. About 8,000 people participated, a bit less than last year. (Readers must bear in mind that May Day is a normal working day in Britain.) The demonstration was mainly attended by a number of left-wing organizations – various British centrists like the SWP, the SP/CWI, the pro-Zionist AWL as well as migrant organizations (various Stalinists from Turkey, Greece, Iran, etc.) However, there were also some smaller trade union contingents present (e.g. from the railway workers union RMT). (See pictures below)

 

RCIT Comrades spoke with various activists and sold a number of journals.

 

 

 

 

Pictures from Mexico

Pictures from Kenya

Pictures from Russia

Pictures and Videos from Austria

Pictures and Videos from Brazil

 

Pictures from Nigeria

Pictures from Britain

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngUK: Defend Jeremy Corbyn and his Supporters against the recent Zionist and Blairite Witchhunt!

 

Reinstate Tony Greenstein, Ken Livingstone and other Anti-Zionists expelled from the Labour Party for Alleged Anti-Semitism!

 

For a United Anti-Imperialist Front against All Forms of Imperialism!

 

By Joseph Adams, RCIT BRITAIN. https://rcitbritain.wordpress.com/, https://inforedliberation.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

Jeremy Corbyn, the left reformist leader of the Labour party, has again been attacked for “Anti-Semitism” in the Labour party by pro-Zionist and right wing Blairites. This development is neither surprising nor can the accusation been characterized as anything else than slander by the right wing forces inside Labour. They are just determined to force Corbyn to resign and purge and expel most of his supporters. The bourgeois media supports this slander and has launched a concerted campaign against Corbyn. Their aim is to portray a Corbyn-led Labour Party as racist and unfit for office. “One of Labour’s biggest private donors has said he no longer feels “any affinity or connection” with the party, and accuses its leadership of failing in its response to “the most blatant acts of antisemitism”. As Labour struggles to quell a renewed outcry over the issue, Sir David Garrard, who has donated about £1.5m since 2003, said the party he had supported “no longer exists”. Despite funding Labour under three leaders before Jeremy Corbyn ’s election to the post, he had now left the party, he revealed. He told the Observer that he had watched the current handling of the issue with “growing dismay and foreboding”. [1].

 

At a time when Teresa May’s government is in terminal crisis the right wing Blairites launch this witch-hunt on the eve of council elections, on May 3rd in London and in the Metropolitan districts of Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. The Blairites want Corbyn and the Labour party defeated. They receive help by people like Jeremy Newmark, who is the chairperson of the Jewish Labour Organisation, an institution affiliated not only to the Labour Party but also to the Israeli Labour Party and the World Zionist Organization. The latter is well known for a practice of systematic stealing of Palestinian private land in order to give it to Israeli settlers, a story even covered by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. [2].

 

Prominent Anti Zionists in Labour against the witch hunt including Tony Greenstein and Jackie Walker have signed a petition in support of Corbyn.

 

“As socialist members and Labour Party supporters, we are firm opponents of all forms of racism, fascism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and all other kinds of oppression. Many of us have been actively campaigning against them for many years, often alongside you, John McDonnell and other comrades.

 

We know anti-Semitism exists in society and needs to be combatted. But we are seriously worried about the current climate in the Labour Party, where any criticism of the actions of the state of Israel is now immediately conflated with anti-Semitism. But anti-Zionism does not equal anti-Semitism.

 

What we are seeing is a cynical alliance between those who wish to deflect criticism of Israel and Zionism, and the right-wing in the Labour Party and the news media, who oppose your wider politics. They are thereby undermining genuine anti-racism and opposition to anti-Semitism. Their real target is you, because they oppose both your record of internationalism, in particular your lifelong support for the rights of the Palestinians, and your commitment to socialism. That is what the few bitterly oppose: the many gaining power.

 

Yet we are witnessing the development of the opposite to open and frank debate. There is now a chilling culture of fear, self-censorship, of members afraid to openly ask questions and learn, particularly on social media. We have seen many good Corbyn-supporting comrades being thrown to the wolves of the Tory Party and their supporters in the mainstream media. They are publicly smeared as Holocaust deniers, anti-Semites, racists – and have no way of fighting back against such vile accusations. These types of smears have ruined lives. Labour’s broken disciplinary procedure, that voices on all sides now accept is not fit for purpose, has actually resulted in suicides. As socialists we insist on our right to continue to publicly and sharply criticize the actions of a state that brutally oppresses Palestinians and black migrants. If we stop doing this, we stop being socialists”. [3].

 

Only recently Corbyn attended an event hosted by a semi anarchist group called Jewdas. The group was founded in 2006 and was characterized by The Jewish Chronicle as a “Jewish diaspora group, known for its far-left anti-Zionism”. Jewdas is known for its very satiric approach to various political questions and its mockery on Zionist ideas. In addition they have been active in anti-fascist protests and are well known both in the anarchist milieu of London as well by a number of progressive, radical youth with jewish background. Corbyn visited Jewdas at the Passover Seder, a Jewish ritual feast which was also celebrated by the group. He was roundly criticized by Blairites and Zionists for participating at the social of Jewdas, which is slandered as not being “real jewish” by the Zionists. [4].

 

“Jeremy Corbyn has been accused by his own MPs of acting “irresponsibly and dangerously” by attending an event hosted by a far-left Jewish group which called for the destruction of Israel and dismissed the anti-Semitism row engulfing the party as “faux-outrage”. 

 

The Labour leader was photographed at a Passover Seder hosted by Jewdas, a satirical group which describes itself as “radical” and is highly critical of mainstream Jewish organisations. 

 

Last week Jewdas attacked the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council’s response to the Labour anti-Semitism scandal as “playing a dangerous game with people’s lives”. [5].

 

The witch-hunt against Corbyn coincided with the massacre against innocent and unarmed Palestinians by the Zionist Israeli state which was given less coverage by the bourgeois media in Britain compared to the witch hunt against Corbyn and his supporters. This is particularly disgusting given the fact that apartheid state Israel is mobilizing since week brutally against the legitim and democratic protests of the Palestinian people. Even the actress Natalie Portman, who has a dual American and Israeli citizenship, has refused to participate at an event in Israel because she is opposed to the undemocratic and oppressive behaviour of Israel during the recent protests. Not to speak about a number of political activists, even from a left-Zionist background, who shared these criticism. However, not only is the Palestinian voice ignored by the British press, but even the liberal, more left zionists are critized if not slandered badly.

 

“On March 30, 30,000 -50,000 Palestinians from Gaza, demonstrated for their right to return to their country and lands, stolen by the Zionist state. During the ethnic cleansing during 1948-1947 Zionist forces removed 750,000 Palestinians and made them refugees. Survivors, their descendants and their supporters demonstrated in Gaza behind the fence that makes Gaza a Palestinian ghetto under siege

 

A Journalist from Gaza, while being interviewed a day before by Israeli TV, said that the people of Gaza are tired of Hamas and the PA have incited the action. They do not want to live under siege.

 

The Zionist army responded by shooting live ammunition and tear gas. The result of this shooting was the killing of 17 Palestinians while 1,400 were injured, many of them by live bullets. Two Palestinians were killed by tank fire, the Gaza Health Ministry said. The Israeli military said the two were militants who had opened fire at troops across the border. [6]

 

The RCIT in BRITAIN condemns unreservedly the witch-hunt against Corbyn and his supporters. We defend both Corbyn as well as all anti-zionist activists who are attacked by the bourgeois media and the Blairites. This does not mean that we are uncritical to Corbyn who still panders and capitulates to the Blairites in the party and refuses to take actions against either the pro-zionist forces or the Blairites themselves. Even the leader of Momentum (a pro Corbyn organization), Jon Lansmann, agrees with the witchhunters by saying that there is a problem in the Labour party’s approach towards anti-semitism displaying an open pro-zionist position. “Current examples of anti-Semitism within the Labour party are not only a problem of a few, extreme ‘bad apples’, but also of unconscious bias, which manifests itself in varied, nuanced and subtle ways and is more widespread in the Labour party than many of us had understood even a few months ago”[7].

 

It is part of the exhausting repertoire of the Zionists to automatically denounce any criticism against Israel as anti-Semitism. The Zionist lobby in the Labour party has been very strong ever since the 1945 Labour led government has recognized the State of Israel in 1948. The Blairites together with the Zionists are determined to stamp out any opposition to the imperialist, racist and apartheid state of Israel and with this to get rid of the left wing in Labour.

 

THE RCIT IN BRITAIN calls for a UNITED ANTI-IMPERIALIST FRONT against all aspects of Zionism and Imperialism. We put forward the following demands to unite the working class and the oppressed against Imperialist interests inside and outside the Labour Party.

 

* Call on the National Executive of the Labour Party to reinstate all Labour Party members who have been suspended or expelled for criticizing the Israeli apartheid state respectively for arguing against Blairite positions.

 

* Abolish the Compliance Unit! Establish Labour Party Democracy.

 

* Expel all Pro-Zionist and Blairite Organizations in the Labour Party including Labour Friends of Israel, The Jewish Labour Movement, Progress and Labour First as being incompatible with Labour party democratic principles. This should be discussed and decided by a membership meeting of Labour activists.

 

* For a Free Democratic Palestine from the River to the Sea. Support the Intifada and the struggle for one, red, free PALESTINE.

 

 

 

Footnotes

 

1) https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/mar/31/labour-jewish-donor-michael-garrard-quits-party-antisemitism

 

2) https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/wzos-land-theft-division-1.5465930

 

3) http://www.labouragainstthewitchhunt.org/campaigns/sign-this-open-letter-to-jeremy-corbyn-and-the-left-on-the-nec/

 

4) https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/03/jeremy-corbyn-passover-jewdas-good-news

 

5) http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/labour-mps-hit-out-at-irresponsible-corbyn-for-attending-seder-hosted-by-far-left-jewish-group/ar-AAvoirI?li=BBoPWjQ&ocid=SK2MDHP

 

6) https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/from-sharpeville-to-gaza-apartheid-and-its-butchers-will-be-crushed/

 

7) http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/momentum-labour-has-major-anti-semitism-problem/ar-AAvo4eq?li=AAnZ9Ug&ocid=SK2MDHP

 

 

 

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