Protest against Trump Visit to Britain Report (with Pictures) by the RCIT Britain, 17 July 2018, www.thecommunists.net U.S. President Trump arrived in Britain on 12 July and stayed away from London because of the mass opposition to his racists misogynist and Islamophobic views. The main demonstration in London West End was the biggest for some time numbering over a quarter of a million people marching. Much of the march was in a carnival flavour with many placards denouncing Trump – “Dump Trump” was the most common. There were also many pacifists preaching “Love not Hate”. As a true popular mass demonstration, it was composed of all ages – children, young people and older people. It was an outpouring of opposition and hatred of all that the misogynist Trump stands for with his reactionary political positions. There were also many NGO’s represented and environmental groups representing concerns for Trump’s policy on the environment and climate change. The trade unions were also represented. Many unions had with big delegations with huge balloons representing Unite, RMT, CWU and PCS and others. This showed the strength of the working class. The main centrist groups – the SWP and the Socialist Party – were well organised with several marquees. The IMT and the AWL were also present. Their main slogans were for a Corbyn-led Labour government and a general election now. The police photographed thousands of people from their helicopter. It was reported that £10 million had been spent on recruiting police from all over the country. The demonstration was held up for an hour and half in order that the police could photograph and identify people! This was a massive state inspired exercise – no doubt a practice run for future confrontations with the masses. This march was international in flavour with many cultures represented including a separate bloc of Palestinians. Many other Arabs were present from Syria, Iraq, Egypt and other countries. The march represented the emergence of a mass opposition to Trump and the neo-colonial policy of other imperialist countries. His intervention in British politics also caused a stir amongst ruling class circles in Britain and in Europe. The March eventually made its way to Trafalgar Square where the marchers were addressed by Jeremy Corbyn and other reformist leaders. Supporters of the RCIT Britain participated in the demonstration. We sold a number of copies of our section’s Bulletins as well as of the RCIT’s international journals. Loading Twitter messages…

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngThailand Four Years after the Coup

General Strike to bring down the Prayut Cha-O-Cha Dictatorship! For A Revolutionary Workers and Poor Peasant Government!

 

By Joseph Adams, Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 9 July 2018, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

It has been four years since the military dictatorship of Prayut Cha-o-cha overthrew the democratically elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra of the Thai Pheu party. There have been a number of protests and demonstrations by pro-democracy activists calling for elections to be held. Prayut Cha-o-cha himself promised that there would be a “return to democracy”, but it is obvious that the dictatorship is desperately trying to hold on to power. When demonstrators marched in front of government buildings the Thai military immediately arrested them and threw them into jail. The government keeps putting back the election and several commentators have asked when democracy will be restored. “Thai anti-government protesters demanding general elections by November were blocked by police on the fourth anniversary of the military coup in the country. Some 3,000 police officers were deployed to prevent some 200 protesters, camping at Thammasat University in the capital, Bangkok, from marching to the Government House. The Government House and surrounding streets were declared a no-go zone. On May 22, 2014, a bloodless military coup toppled Thailand’s elected government”. [1]

 

The government has sought to delay the election because it is determined to ensure further attacks on democratic rights and a continuation of oppressive and corrupt rule. Many of the government officials are mired in corruption but the pro-democracy movement continues to fight for a date for these elections. They are reflecting the movement of the masses, a desire for full democratic rights and an end to capitalist dictatorship. Most of the demonstrators remain unbowed and will continue to fight for a date for the elections. “Pro-election leaders have promised to come back with another rally if the election is postponed again. Fifty pro-election activists led by Rangsiman Rome, Sirawith “Ja New” Seritiwat and Nuttaa Mahattana gathered in front of the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) on Thursday to show support for 47 other activists who were summoned by Nang Loeng police station to hear charges stemming from their protest… If the government does anything that will affect the elections they can be sure that we will come back stronger than ever. We have learned a lot from our previous encounters and our gatherings will grow”. [2]

 

The military dictatorship continues to rule the country with an iron fist similar to how Hun Sen the leader in Cambodia rules the country including the banning of meetings, arresting of members of opposition parties and ensuring that bourgeois democracy will not return to the country. Prayut Chan-o-cha has promised elections but his regime continually puts the date back in order that the regime will still be in power.

 

Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister Yingluck Shinawtra of the Thai Pheu government ruled the country before the coup in 2014. Now several members of their party have been arrested by the military. The most reactionary bourgeois elements in Thailand will do anything to prevent the Thai Pheu party, which is a bourgeois populist party, from gaining power respectively from winning the election. “Political parties reiterated their concerns about the political activities ban which prevents them from holding primaries to screen MP candidates, which is constitutionally required ahead of the general election.” [3]

 

As Al Jazeera has reported members of Thai Pheu party have been arrested. The “crime” of the Thai Pheu party is to criticise the current regime while having a significant influence in the country. The Thai Pheu party retained support from the masses and poor peasants and while in power tried to ameliorate the harsh economic conditions for workers and the urban poor. Based on their bourgeois character, their political program as well as their deeds were limited to the capitalist frame. However, their approach to implement social reforms created massive illusions in the party amongst the oppressed. The needs of imperialism required a change of government which in the end led to the military coup. “Eight senior members of Thailand’s biggest political party, which ruled the country until a coup four years ago, have been charged for criticising the military government. Pheu Thai party members – Watana Muangsook, Chaturon Chaisang and Chusak Sirinil – were all charged with sedition on Monday, after a news conference held last week at the party’s headquarters in Bangkok, outlining what they believe are “failings” of the military government During its news conference, which was broadcast live on Facebook, Pheu Thai party figures slammed the military for failing to restore democracy by repeatedly postponing the general elections – now set for February 2019”. [4]

 

The RCIT has analysed the role of the bourgeois populist party Thai Pheu which governed Thailand before the military coup in 2014. “Thus the Pheu Thai Party is a bourgeois-populist party which represents a minority faction of the capitalist class but which, however, has to rely on the support of the workers and peasants in order to hold power. Nevertheless Thaksin and his party are despised by the elite because it is a party whose strength is based on the support of the masses of workers and peasants who have repeatedly intervened in the political life of Thailand during the last decade by militant mass mobilizations.” [5]

 

The RCIT welcomes the campaign to force an election on the regime and the efforts of pro-democracy activists and protesters to make sure that Thailand again has free elections and democratic rights. However, bourgeois democracy will never solve the issues of poverty and can not even give full democratic rights. As long as capitalism and imperialism have a foothold in Thailand, exploitation and oppression will be the reality for the workers and the poor. The RCIT puts forward the following demands for uniting the masses, the working class and urban poor in a struggle to establish a Revolutionary Workers and Poor Peasant Government.

 

  • Overthrow the Prayut-Chan o cha Regime –For an indefinite General Strike!

 

  • For a Democratic Constituent Assembly! Revolutionaries must put forward socialist proposals and argue in favor of a Workers and Poor Peasant Government based on Councils of the Workers and the Rural and Urban Poor!

 

  • For armed defence guards of the workers and the oppressed masses to protect themselves from provocations and attacks from the police, the military and right wing forces!

 

  • End the Imperialist Exploitation! Expropriate the multi-national corporations and put them under workers control! Abolish all debts without compensation! Summarize all banks into one State Bank under control of the workers!

 

  • Only an armed insurrection led by the working class can end the military dictatorship and imperialist exploitation with a minimum number of lost lifes! Only a Revolutionary Workers and Poor Peasant Government can open the road towards a future of Freedom, Equality and Peace, a future of Socialism!

 

  • We call on all workers and poor to study the manifesto of the RCIT and to join the RCIT! Let us build together a new world party of the Socialist Revolution, a revolutionary 5th International!

 

 

 

Footnotes

 

1)            https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/thai-police-block-pro-democracy-march-coup-anniversary-180522055451810.html

 

2)            https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1480769/poll-protest-leaders-unbowed-by-police-charges

 

3)            https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1492246/regime-signals-election-could-be-delayed-until-may

 

4)            https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/180521090633218.html

 

5)            https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/asia/thailand-defeat-the-military-dictatorship/

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngAustria: Rally against Iranian President Rouhani

 

Report (with Pictures and Video) from the Austrian Section of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 04.07.2018, www.rkob.net

 

 

 

Today, about more than hundred Syrian and Ahwazi migrants and refugees hold a protest rally in the centre of Vienna. The protest was caused by the visit of Iranian President Rouhani who met the Austrian right-wing government. According to news agencies Russia’s and China’s foreign ministers are also supposed to join the negotiations.

 

The demonstrators expressed their protest about the reactionary dictatorship in Iran. They condemned the regime’s oppressive policy against the Arab minority inside Iran. They also condemned the regime’s foreign policy of support for the genocidal regime of Assad in Syria.

 

The Austrian section of the RCIT was invited to participate in the rally. Comrade Michael Pröbsting, the International Secretary of the RCIT, was asked to address the rally (see the video of his speech below). He stated our solidarity with the liberation struggle of the Syrian people as well as of the Ahwazi people. He said that we are protesting against the Iranian regime but not against the Iranian people who rightly protested repeatedly against the regime in the past few months. Furthermore he made clear that we absolutely oppose any interference of US or Israeli imperialism.

 

 

 

 

The RCIT has published numerous articles and documents on Iran as well as the Syrian Revolution which can be read on the RCIT’s website at https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/.

 

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngUK: Grenfell Tragedy One Year after the Fire

Teresa May Accepts Responsibility and Culpability for Grenfell Tragedy – For A Workers and Tenants Tribunal into the Cause of the Fire

 

By Joseph Adams, RCIT Britain, June 2018, http://www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

A year after the tragedy at Grenfell Teresa May has accepted that she bears responsibility for failing to meet the tenants at Grenfell on the 14th June 2017 when the tragedy happened. Jeremy Corbyn immediately visited the site. In a statement in the Evening Standard May apologises for her inaction at the time. “What I did not do on that first visit was meet the residents and survivors who had escaped the blaze. But the residents of Grenfell Tower needed to know that those in power recognized and understood their despair. And I will always regret that by not meeting them that day, it seemed as though I didn’t care”. [1]

 

May appointed an official enquiry but this proved to be a whitewash and a cover up failing to invite the most important people, survivors and tenants from Grenfell, to give evidence.

 

A year after the tragedy the police have not arrested anybody for the murder of these 79 tenants who died in the fire. It was social murder orchestrated through social and ethnic cleansing by the wealthier tenants of Kensington and Chelsea who did not want to see social housing tower blocks. Cheap and combustible cladding was erected to hide the outside of the building. The police are now interviewing the London Fire Brigade and apportioning blame on them for the cause of the fire. Firefighters and the Fire Brigades Union are innocent of any wrongdoing in their advice to ask tenants to remain in their flats. They gave the advise based on the estimation of a fire in a building that is built according to the regulations. Based on the informations which the firefighters had their decisions were correct. This is just a blame culture to allow the real culprits top escape punishment. The police are direct agents of the state. Their role is to protect the state and its institutions and they will not prosecute directors responsible for erecting the cladding or the tenant management organization which managed Grenfell Tower on behalf of Kensington and Chelsea borough council. “London fire brigade and its senior officers are facing a police investigation over the “stay put” policy that resulted in Grenfell Tower residents being told to remain inside their homes as the tower block blazed, according to Scotland Yard. Detectives are attempting to establish whether the order could have breached health and safety law”. [2]

 

The Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council is a Tory controlled authority with some prestigious houses as well as some very poor people living in the borough. It was a class divide between the very rich and the very poor. The Tories who managed Grenfell tower through a tenant management organization decided to hide Grenfell’s seemingly social housing block from their rich supporters who felt it was unseemingly and ugly building to look at. So they had cladding erected over the building. They chose the cheapest material saving £5,000. That it was inflammable and combustible, did not matter to the management. “Material used in the cladding that covered the Grenfell Tower was the cheaper, more flammable version of the two available options, an investigation of the supply chain has confirmed. Omnis Exteriors manufactured the aluminum composite material (ACM) used in the cladding, a company director, John Cowley, confirmed to the Guardian. He also said Omnis had been asked to supply Reynobond PE cladding, which is £2 cheaper per square metre than the alternative Reynobond FR, which stands for “fire resistant” to the companies that worked on refurbishing Grenfell Tower”.[3]

 

In fact the Tenant Management Organization has now washed its hands of the affair and handed the responsibility back to the council, no doubt trying to avoid prosecution for the deaths at Grenfell.

 

“The organization that managed Grenfell Tower and manages thousands of other properties across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is temporarily handing back responsibility for them to the council, saying it can no longer guarantee to meet the standards expected by residents. In a letter sent to residents just before Christmas, Fay Edwards, chair of Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organization (KCTMO), said: “The TMO board has reluctantly decided that it can no longer guarantee to fulfil its obligations with respect to the delivery of services contained in its contract with the council … to a standard that residents should expect.” [4]

 

It was a Labour government under Tony Blair that relaxed building regulation controls and allowed building companies to bypass very important health and safety regulations that may be responsible for tragedies like Grenfell occurring. In his drive to carry out capitalist policies very similar to the Tories, Blair hoped and wished to emulate himself as a savior for the ruling class. Boris Johnson, the present Foreign Secretary who was Mayor of London, cut and reduced the fighting capabilities of the London Fire Brigade, cutting services reducing staff and selling off fire engines which are essential in fighting fires.

 

Most of the tenants who died in the fire or survived it were from ethnic or migrant backgrounds. When their families travelled from abroad to attend memorial services or tried to say goodbye to their loved ones at funerals they were prevented from doing so by the unjust, racist, islamphobic terror- and immigration-laws by decisions of immigration officers who refused to issue them with a visa. Javid, the new Home Secretary, upheld the decisions showing how this unjust Tory regime acts without any sympathy or regard for families whose members died in the fire. “Bereaved family members, prevented from paying tribute to their loved ones who died in Grenfell Tower in person because of visa issues, have told of their heartbreak. Karim Khaloufi, the younger brother of victim Khadija Khaloufi, 52, was unable to attend the public inquiry after suffering delays with his visa. And the husband of Fatemeh Afrasiabi, 59, missed the chance to pay tribute to his beloved wife or visit her grave because his immigration application was refused. Fatemeh Afrasiabi died with her sister Sakineh.“ [5]

 

In a previous article on Grenfell Tower Fire, we as the RCIT put forward an analysis that is borne out by facts revealed a year later. “Read the articles about the reasons for the Grenfell Tower fire. Read the explanations why, outrageously, highly flammable material was used during the building’s refurbishment instead of investing £2 more per square meter for safe, inflammable material. Calculate that we’re talking about £5,000 of extra cost that wasn’t invested in a building housing 600 people, an expense that would have come to a little bit more than £8 per person (1). Read the statements of the fire fighters who warned, years ago, about the building’s being unsafe as it had no working fire alarms and no sprinklers, infractions that were repeatedly ignored by officials. Examine the map of Kensington and Chelsea and locate where the most and the least deprived parts are, and you will discover that Grenfell Tower is situated in the poorest area not only of London but of the entire country”. [6]. And furthermore, we stated: “The anger and the hate against all of those people who are directly or indirectly responsible for the cruel death of our brothers and sisters in the Grenfell Tower fire are exploding, as the protests in its wake have demonstrated. This is a very important step towards ending such tragedies for good, but it is only a very small first step on the path of doing so. Those guilty for the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire must be held accountable.” [7]

 

The RCIT BRITAIN restates its position and puts forward the following transitional demands to unite the tenants and the working class and oppressed in a campaign to make those accountable who are guilty of this crime.

 

* A Tribunal to be organized by the Grenfell action committee and the Radical housing group to investigate the real reason for the fire and the punishment for those responsible (The KCTMO Management and the Directors of the Building Company that erected the cladding and knew it to be unsafe and inflammable).

 

* Open the Books-let the tenants see how much was spent on cladding and why no sprinklers or proper safety alarms were fitted in the years before the fire happened.

 

* Unoccupied houses and flats have to be immediately occupied. An action committee formed to protect tenants from fascist or police provocation must be organized.

 

* Stop the closure of Fire stations and support the local London Fire Brigades Union in its campaign to keep fire stations open! No to cuts and closures! Occupy fire stations which are threatened with closure!

 

* Social housing is a right that must be defended. We call on Jeremy Corbyn and Emma Dent Coad (Labour MP for Kensington and Chelsea) to support this campaign inside the Labour Party and throughout the trade union movement. However, we say: Do not rely on Corbyn and Dent Coad and don’t believe blindly that they will fullfill this task. Instead organize a militant rank-and-file campaign in solidarity with the tenants, especially the migrants and their families, who suffered from the fire independent from the Labour leaders! All of us owe it to the families of the victims to organize such a solidarity campaign by any means!

 

 

 

Footnotes

 

(1) https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/i-made-mistakes-but-one-year-on-i-m-going-green-for-grenfell-writes-theresa-may-a3860046.html

 

(2) https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/07/fire-brigade-faces-met-investigation-grenfell-stay-put-order

 

(3) https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/16/manufacturer-of-cladding-on-grenfell-tower-identified-as-omnis-exteriors

 

(4) https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/26/grenfell-tower-management-company-hands-responsibility-back-to-council

 

(5) https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/relatives-upset-that-visa-issues-prevented-them-paying-tribute-in-person/ar-AAy1It1

 

(6) https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/grenfell-tower-fire/

 

(7) https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/grenfell-tower-fire/

 

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngGlobal Trade War: No to Great Power Jingoism in West and East!

 

Neither Imperialist Globalization nor Imperialist Protectionism! For International Solidarity and Joint Struggle of the Working Class and Oppressed People!

 

Joint Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), Marxist Group ‘Class Politics’ (Russia), Alkebulan School of Black Studies (Kenya), Pan-Afrikan Consciousness Renaissance (Nigeria), Courant des Jeunes Penseurs Congolais (Democratic Republic of Congo), and Sınıf Savaşı (Turkey), 4 July 2018

 

 

 

  1. A global trade war is looming between all Great Powers in West and East – the U.S., China, the European Union, Japan, Russia and other imperialist powers. Economic sanctions between Great Powers started already in 2014 when the U.S. and the EU imposed sanctions against Russia and vice versa. Currently, the Trump Administration is about to impose much more far-reaching sanctions against its rivals with the latter implementing retaliatory action. Obviously, an escalation of the global trade war would have devastating consequences for the world economy and the living conditions of the working people.

 

  1. The background for this massive deterioration is the accelerating rivalry between the Great Powers. Hence, the economic sanctions are an expression of an inter-imperialist rivalry which will also lead sooner or later to military tensions and conflicts. The intensification of Great Power chauvinism is inevitable under these conditions. Such jingoism is aimed at poisoning the consciousness of the working people by instigating nationalist hatred against each other.

 

  1. The Great Powers also use economic sanctions in order to impose their political and economic dictates on smaller countries of the Global South. North Korea, Iran, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, various South-East Asian countries, etc. have become victims of such sanctions or the threat of it. Likewise do Great Powers discriminate oppressed people from poorer countries by restricting their right to travel or to ask for asylum (e.g. Trump “Muslim Ban”, the EU’s racist Frontex regime in the Mediterranean Sea and on the Balkans, Russia’s discrimination against people from the Caucasus and Central Asia, etc.).

 

  1. In view of a looming global trade war, socialists call the workers and popular organizations around the world to act decisively on the basis of the principles of international working class solidarity. Such principles are valid in times of peace and war, in case of economic sanctions as well as in case of military aggression.

 

* No to a global trade war! Oppose Great Power jingoism in West and East! Against militarist saber-rattling! In imperialist states, socialists say: “The Main Enemy is at Home!” In case of sanctions or a trade war between the U.S., China, European Union, Russia, Canada, Japan, or other powers, socialists in all countries involved must oppose such sanctions.

 

* Down with imperialist sanctions against semi-colonial countries like North Korea, Iran, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and others! Defend these countries against all forms of imperialist aggression! But no political support for the anti-working class regimes in these states!

 

* Down with the imperialist border regime! Open the borders for refugees! Defend Muslim migrants against Islamophobic racism!

 

* Neither imperialist globalization nor imperialist protectionism! Against all Great Powers and capitalist corporations in West and East! For international solidarity and joint cross-border struggle in defense of the interests of workers and oppressed!

 

 

 

The undersigned organizations

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Courant des Jeunes Penseurs Congolais (Democratic Republic of Congo), Facebook : Cogito RDC

 

Additional Signatories

 

Grupo Interdisciplinario de Participación Inclusiva (Mexico), https://www.facebook.com/Grupo-Interdisciplinario-de-Participaci%C3%B3n-Inclusiva-803935076374657/

 

 

Organizations which want to add their signature to this statement can contact us at: rcit@thecommunists.net

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngThe Trump-Putin Summit: A Meeting of Two Robber Chiefs

 

Workers and Oppressed: Fight Imperialism of East and West!

 

Joint Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the Marxist Group ‘Class Politics’ (Russia), 4 July 2018, www.thecommunists.net and https://mgkp.github.io/

 

 

 

  1. The Trump-Putin Summit is highly symbolic for the present world situation. It is a meeting between Presidents who represent two of the most important imperialist powers on this planet. This summit reflects the profound turmoil of the world situation as it takes place against the backdrop of a looming global trade war as well as of wars, sanctions and military tensions in the Middle East, the Ukraine and Northeast Asia. In short, the summit is the result of the massive acceleration of the rivalry between the Great Powers. At the same time, it reflects an attempt of the American and Russian rulers to make deals and find compromises at the expense of the workers and oppressed people around the world.

 

  1. Trump represents the still largest but declining Great Power which attempts to halt its demise by an increasingly aggressive policy characterized by militarism and chauvinism both at home and abroad. Putin represents one of the key imperialist challengers of the US hegemony. Based on an alliance with Chinese imperialism, Russia has been able to expand its sphere of influence in recent years (e.g. in the Middle East).

 

  1. It is a meeting between representatives of reactionary and authoritarian regimes. Trump – a unique symbiosis of a corrupted billionaire and crooked politician – is pressing ahead with chauvinist attacks on migrants and military threats against Iran. Facing the threat of impeachment, he is desperately looking for domestic and foreign adventures. Putin – who is in power since more than 18 years and whose regime is much more consolidated – implements no less reactionary policy than his counterpart in the White House. The recent pension reform and the increase of VAT from 18% to 20% – which are massive attacks against the working people in Russia –, the slaughter of the Syrian people by Russian air force or the ongoing suppression of the Chechen people are testimony of this.

 

  1. We don’t know in advance if and which deals these robber barons will agree on. Most likely they will discuss about international sanctions as well as about their conflicting interests in Iran, Syria, the Ukraine and North Korea. But no one should have any illusions in deals agreed between Trump and Putin. Any agreement between these imperialist powers will take place at the expense of the workers and oppressed people around the world. The tragic fate of the Syrian people in the Southern region of Daraa is symbolic for this. When the treacherous FSA leadership of the Syrian rebels agreed to the creation of a so-called ‘de-escalation zone’ in June 2017 guaranteed by Russia, Jordan and the US, people illusionary hoped for peace and stability. One year later, the Great Powers are withdrawing their fake “guarantee” and Assad’s army, with the support of the Russian air force, is advancing. More than 270,000 people have been displaced in this region since Assad’s offensive began on 16 June.

 

  1. The workers and oppressed people must not put trust in any imperialist regime! Our future is dark as long as the world is dominated by Great Powers and as long as people suffer from the consequences of the capitalist system of exploitation and oppression. Only a world federation of socialist workers and peasants republics can ensure a peaceful future for humanity. Only consistent class struggle – independent of any Great Power and of any faction of the bourgeoisie – directed to the international socialist revolution can lead to liberation. Only the creation of a Revolutionary World Party can ensure the victory of the revolutionary struggle. This is what we are fighting for!

 

  1. We denounce those bourgeois and petty-bourgeois organizations which claim to represent the working people in words but which adapt to one or another Great Power in their deeds! Instead, the workers and popular organizations around the world must fight for a socialist program. Such a program must include, among others:

 

* Workers and Oppressed: Fight Imperialism of East and West! Against all imperialist Great Powers – US, EU, China, Russia, and Japan! No to sanctions and global trade war! Oppose Great Power jingoism! The Main Enemy is at Home!

 

* We welcome the mass protests in the U.S. which take place in solidarity with the migrants victimized by the racist Trump Administration!

 

* We welcome the protests in Russia against pension reform! Freedom for Chechnya!

 

* We send our greetings to the tens of thousands of demonstrators who will protest against Trump’s visit in London on 13 July!

 

* Solidarity with the liberation struggle of Syrian people against the Assad regime and its imperialist masters! All foreign powers – out of Syria!

 

* No to pro-Western as well as pro-Eastern social-chauvinism! For international solidarity and joint cross-border struggle in defense of the interests of workers and oppressed! For the creation of a Revolutionary World Party!

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

We refer readers also to other joint statement which we issued recently:

 

Global Trade War: No to Great Power Jingoism in West and East! Neither Imperialist Globalization nor Imperialist Protectionism! For International Solidarity and Joint Struggle of the Working Class and Oppressed People! Joint Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), Marxist Group ‘Class Politics’ (Russia), Alkebulan School of Black Studies (Kenya), Pan-Afrikan Consciousness Renaissance (Nigeria), Courant des Jeunes Penseurs Congolais (Democratic Republic of Congo), and Sınıf Savaşı (Turkey), 4 July 2018, https://www.thecommunists.net/rcit/joint-statement-on-the-looming-global-trade-war/

 

Warmongering in the Middle East: Down with all Imperialist Great Powers and Capitalist Dictatorships! Joint Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), Alkebulan School of Black Studies (Kenya), Pacesetters Movement (Nigeria), Pan-Afrikan Consciousness Renaissance (Nigeria), Marxist Group ‘Class Politics’ (Russia), and Sınıf Savaşı (Turkey), 13 May 2018, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/joint-statement-warmongering-in-the-middle-east/

 

Down with Imperialist Warmongering of All Great Powers! Syria attack, Protectionist Tariffs and Salisbury poisoning: Against all imperialist diplomatic, economic and military aggression! In U.S., EU, Russia and China: The Main Enemy is at Home! Support democratic and national liberation struggles of oppressed people! Joint Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the Marxist Group ‘Class Politics’ (Russia), 13.04.2018, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/syria-down-with-imperialist-warmongering-of-all-great-powers/

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngUK: Grenfell Tragedy One Year after the Fire

Teresa May Accepts Responsibility and Culpability for Grenfell Tragedy – For A Workers and Tenants Tribunal into the Cause of the Fire

 

By Joseph Adams, RCIT Britain, June 2018, http://www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

A year after the tragedy at Grenfell Teresa May has accepted that she bears responsibility for failing to meet the tenants at Grenfell on the 14th June 2017 when the tragedy happened. Jeremy Corbyn immediately visited the site. In a statement in the Evening Standard May apologises for her inaction at the time. “What I did not do on that first visit was meet the residents and survivors who had escaped the blaze. But the residents of Grenfell Tower needed to know that those in power recognized and understood their despair. And I will always regret that by not meeting them that day, it seemed as though I didn’t care”. [1]

 

May appointed an official enquiry but this proved to be a whitewash and a cover up failing to invite the most important people, survivors and tenants from Grenfell, to give evidence.

 

A year after the tragedy the police have not arrested anybody for the murder of these 79 tenants who died in the fire. It was social murder orchestrated through social and ethnic cleansing by the wealthier tenants of Kensington and Chelsea who did not want to see social housing tower blocks. Cheap and combustible cladding was erected to hide the outside of the building. The police are now interviewing the London Fire Brigade and apportioning blame on them for the cause of the fire. Firefighters and the Fire Brigades Union are innocent of any wrongdoing in their advice to ask tenants to remain in their flats. They gave the advise based on the estimation of a fire in a building that is built according to the regulations. Based on the informations which the firefighters had their decisions were correct. This is just a blame culture to allow the real culprits top escape punishment. The police are direct agents of the state. Their role is to protect the state and its institutions and they will not prosecute directors responsible for erecting the cladding or the tenant management organization which managed Grenfell Tower on behalf of Kensington and Chelsea borough council. “London fire brigade and its senior officers are facing a police investigation over the “stay put” policy that resulted in Grenfell Tower residents being told to remain inside their homes as the tower block blazed, according to Scotland Yard. Detectives are attempting to establish whether the order could have breached health and safety law”. [2]

 

The Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council is a Tory controlled authority with some prestigious houses as well as some very poor people living in the borough. It was a class divide between the very rich and the very poor. The Tories who managed Grenfell tower through a tenant management organization decided to hide Grenfell’s seemingly social housing block from their rich supporters who felt it was unseemingly and ugly building to look at. So they had cladding erected over the building. They chose the cheapest material saving £5,000. That it was inflammable and combustible, did not matter to the management. “Material used in the cladding that covered the Grenfell Tower was the cheaper, more flammable version of the two available options, an investigation of the supply chain has confirmed. Omnis Exteriors manufactured the aluminum composite material (ACM) used in the cladding, a company director, John Cowley, confirmed to the Guardian. He also said Omnis had been asked to supply Reynobond PE cladding, which is £2 cheaper per square metre than the alternative Reynobond FR, which stands for “fire resistant” to the companies that worked on refurbishing Grenfell Tower”.[3]

 

In fact the Tenant Management Organization has now washed its hands of the affair and handed the responsibility back to the council, no doubt trying to avoid prosecution for the deaths at Grenfell.

 

“The organization that managed Grenfell Tower and manages thousands of other properties across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is temporarily handing back responsibility for them to the council, saying it can no longer guarantee to meet the standards expected by residents. In a letter sent to residents just before Christmas, Fay Edwards, chair of Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organization (KCTMO), said: “The TMO board has reluctantly decided that it can no longer guarantee to fulfil its obligations with respect to the delivery of services contained in its contract with the council … to a standard that residents should expect.” [4]

 

It was a Labour government under Tony Blair that relaxed building regulation controls and allowed building companies to bypass very important health and safety regulations that may be responsible for tragedies like Grenfell occurring. In his drive to carry out capitalist policies very similar to the Tories, Blair hoped and wished to emulate himself as a savior for the ruling class. Boris Johnson, the present Foreign Secretary who was Mayor of London, cut and reduced the fighting capabilities of the London Fire Brigade, cutting services reducing staff and selling off fire engines which are essential in fighting fires.

 

Most of the tenants who died in the fire or survived it were from ethnic or migrant backgrounds. When their families travelled from abroad to attend memorial services or tried to say goodbye to their loved ones at funerals they were prevented from doing so by the unjust, racist, islamphobic terror- and immigration-laws by decisions of immigration officers who refused to issue them with a visa. Javid, the new Home Secretary, upheld the decisions showing how this unjust Tory regime acts without any sympathy or regard for families whose members died in the fire. “Bereaved family members, prevented from paying tribute to their loved ones who died in Grenfell Tower in person because of visa issues, have told of their heartbreak. Karim Khaloufi, the younger brother of victim Khadija Khaloufi, 52, was unable to attend the public inquiry after suffering delays with his visa. And the husband of Fatemeh Afrasiabi, 59, missed the chance to pay tribute to his beloved wife or visit her grave because his immigration application was refused. Fatemeh Afrasiabi died with her sister Sakineh.“ [5]

 

In a previous article on Grenfell Tower Fire, we as the RCIT put forward an analysis that is borne out by facts revealed a year later. “Read the articles about the reasons for the Grenfell Tower fire. Read the explanations why, outrageously, highly flammable material was used during the building’s refurbishment instead of investing £2 more per square meter for safe, inflammable material. Calculate that we’re talking about £5,000 of extra cost that wasn’t invested in a building housing 600 people, an expense that would have come to a little bit more than £8 per person (1). Read the statements of the fire fighters who warned, years ago, about the building’s being unsafe as it had no working fire alarms and no sprinklers, infractions that were repeatedly ignored by officials. Examine the map of Kensington and Chelsea and locate where the most and the least deprived parts are, and you will discover that Grenfell Tower is situated in the poorest area not only of London but of the entire country”. [6]. And furthermore, we stated: “The anger and the hate against all of those people who are directly or indirectly responsible for the cruel death of our brothers and sisters in the Grenfell Tower fire are exploding, as the protests in its wake have demonstrated. This is a very important step towards ending such tragedies for good, but it is only a very small first step on the path of doing so. Those guilty for the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire must be held accountable.” [7]

 

The RCIT BRITAIN restates its position and puts forward the following transitional demands to unite the tenants and the working class and oppressed in a campaign to make those accountable who are guilty of this crime.

 

* A Tribunal to be organized by the Grenfell action committee and the Radical housing group to investigate the real reason for the fire and the punishment for those responsible (The KCTMO Management and the Directors of the Building Company that erected the cladding and knew it to be unsafe and inflammable).

 

* Open the Books-let the tenants see how much was spent on cladding and why no sprinklers or proper safety alarms were fitted in the years before the fire happened.

 

* Unoccupied houses and flats have to be immediately occupied. An action committee formed to protect tenants from fascist or police provocation must be organized.

 

* Stop the closure of Fire stations and support the local London Fire Brigades Union in its campaign to keep fire stations open! No to cuts and closures! Occupy fire stations which are threatened with closure!

 

* Social housing is a right that must be defended. We call on Jeremy Corbyn and Emma Dent Coad (Labour MP for Kensington and Chelsea) to support this campaign inside the Labour Party and throughout the trade union movement. However, we say: Do not rely on Corbyn and Dent Coad and don’t believe blindly that they will fullfill this task. Instead organize a militant rank-and-file campaign in solidarity with the tenants, especially the migrants and their families, who suffered from the fire independent from the Labour leaders! All of us owe it to the families of the victims to organize such a solidarity campaign by any means!

 

 

 

Footnotes

 

(1) https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/i-made-mistakes-but-one-year-on-i-m-going-green-for-grenfell-writes-theresa-may-a3860046.html

 

(2) https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/07/fire-brigade-faces-met-investigation-grenfell-stay-put-order

 

(3) https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/16/manufacturer-of-cladding-on-grenfell-tower-identified-as-omnis-exteriors

 

(4) https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/26/grenfell-tower-management-company-hands-responsibility-back-to-council

 

(5) https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/relatives-upset-that-visa-issues-prevented-them-paying-tribute-in-person/ar-AAy1It1

 

(6) https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/grenfell-tower-fire/

 

(7) https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/grenfell-tower-fire/

 

 

 

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