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Puedo morir como nací sabedlo

puro sencillo y optimista

de pie sobre la tierra como un árbol

en las filas del Partido Comunista

en las filas del Partido Comunista

 

Abrí sobre la tarde mi ventana

y me sentí un diestro paisajista

oh qué bello es pintar para la vida

pintar para el Partido Comunista

pintar para el Partido Comunista

 

Aquel que amasa sangre entre las nubes

el criminal, el sádico, el guerrista

será aplastado en el mañana limpio

por el limpio Partido Comunista

por el limpio Partido Comunista

 

Yo quiero que mi sangre fluya fácil

siempre a la primera vista

yo no puedo equivocarme compañeros

mi amor es del Partido Comunista

mi amor es del Partido Comunista

 

Puedo morir como nací sabedlo

puro sencillo y optimista

de pie sobre la tierra como un árbol

en las filas del Partido Comunista

en las filas del Partido Comunista

Greeting Message of the World Federation of Democratic Youth

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Dear Comrades,

The World Federation of Democratic Youth sends its militant and warm greetings to the 17th World Trade Union congress. WFDY is expressing its fraternal wishes to the congress which is realized under the title “Struggle – Internationalism – Unity Forward!”

In the world we are living today, it is important to know that a federation like WFTU is reinforcing by demanding the unity of the workers on international level, a unity that shall be based on the ideals of internationalism and the struggle of the workers for their rights.

Dear Comrades,

The 17th World Trade Union congress is organized under the hard conditions that the workers and the youth are facing on international level. The implementation of the unpopular policies, is the means to never change this insanity that leads millions of people into poverty and unemployment. We see that today the fundamental rights of the youth and the workers in education and work are under a permanent dispute, making even more urgent the need for the intensification and massification of the struggle of the youth together with the working class.

The youth and the workers are witnessing the class barriers in all areas of social life, targeting their rights, those class barriers are resulting by the application of the neoliberal policies. An attack is in front of the youth and the workers watching their labour rights degrading and disappearing. They are facing the institutionalization of cheap and flexible working part-time or limited-time. Furthermore, the climax of the attack of the system against the youth and the workers is also reflected in a lot of occasions on the attempts to criminalize the right to strike and the right to the organized struggle.

We are witnessing a period of a further sharpening of the class contradictions. It is true that the International capital found the best opportunity under the name of the continual crisis, to intensify the class exploitation, to attack the labor rights, to concentrate the wealth in the hands of the few leaving the humanity in the hard reality of hunger, poverty and misery. The permanent dispute of the fundamental rights of young people in education and work is making even more urgent the need for the intensification and massification of the struggle of the youth together with the workers.

Additionally, in the international context, we can see the imposition of the law of the powerfull against the weak. The US, NATO and the EU, as the most characterized examples of professing imperialism, are seeking their intervention in every part of the world, with companies that supposedly act for the purpose of combating terrorism. On the same time the imperialist centres continue to flagrantly violate the charter of the UN and to violate the international law. They continue to pursue crowding and using the United Nations, to serve the interests of the powerful of the planet. Their action, is destabilising the peace by intensifying the danger of war, by creating internal conflicts, by generating misanthropic ideologies like fascism.

Dear Comrades,

It is for all those reasons that we wish you to enhance your action and to keep struggling, especially today, where the workers of the world are facing the brutal consequences of the capitalist crisis, we recognize that your role in the international struggle and international solidarity of the workers is at least indispensable. We are taking the opportunity of the 17th congress to point out once more that the relationship between WFDY and WFTU remains strong and our cooperation will continue. We send the message that for 71 years now we have common struggles and we will continue struggling together under the non-stop action of the two federations in the service of the Youth, the workers and their rights, next to the poor and the oppressed people, always against imperialism, the system that provides distress, exploitation, ignorance and wars. Together we want to continue being the exponents of the aspirations and ideals for a world with real peace, without imperialism and exploitation, where the peoples will live within fraternity and freedom.

Finally we would like to promote that WFDY’s works now are found under the preparation process of the 19thWorld Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS). The WFYS is returning after 30 years to the region that it was born, and to a land where its people with their great sacrifice played a decisive role in the anti-fascist victory of the peoples. We are calling WFTU and the young workers to join us in the 19th WFYS in October 2017 in the city of Sochi in Russia, to celebrate together the 100th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution which is the main thematic of the upcoming festival, and to promote the ideals of the WFYS under the slogan “For peace, solidarity and social justice we fight against imperialism – Honoring our past we build the future”.

Long live the international solidarity!

Long live the anti-imperialist struggle!

Long live the 17th World Trade Union Congress!

Comradely

On behalf of the HQ of WFDY

Nikolas Papadimitriou

President

Jeff Monson: Moscow’s American Muscle

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/jeff-monson-moscows-american-muscle-55633

Jeff Monson: Moscow’s American Muscle

How a mixed martial arts champion became a Russian hero.

Oct. 07 2016 — 14::00

Jeff Monson is one of the world’s most decorated MMA fighters. Anton Denisov / RIA Novosti

Jeff Monson, a 45-year-old American mixed martial arts champion, denies that Russia invaded eastern Ukraine. Buff, bald, and covered in tattoos, he says he knows better: “I was in Luhansk, and I asked people if Russia came to help them. They said yes, but it wasn’t an invasion.”

A committed communist and strident critic of U.S. foreign policy, Monson last month became the first American to receive citizenship from the unrecognized People’s Republic of Luhansk (LPR). It was a token of gratitude from the leadership of the breakaway statelet, which most neutrals consider to be a Russian proxy in a war with the legitimate government of Ukraine.

Monson makes no secret of his distaste for Washington, and he proudly supports Ukraine’s Russian-backed separatist regions, even combining the two passions, when he can. On social media, for instance, you can find photos of his visit to Luhansk, where he’s holding a Kalashnikov assault rifle and posing next to graffiti that reads “F**K YOU, OBAMA.”

This is all high politics, though, which takes a backseat when Monson describes the suffering he’s seen on his two visits to Luhansk. His first trip was in June, when he met Russia’s infamous nationalist biker gang, the Night Wolves, in Rostov-on-Don, near the Russian border with Ukraine. From there, the gang escorted him across the border to Luhansk — a violation of Ukrainian law.

“Unfortunately, when it comes to politics, it’s the common people who unwittingly suffer,” Monson says. “These people are struggling economically. I went there, I talked to the people, I saw the hospitals and orphanages destroyed. And the kids, man, the kids have been through a war. Their schools have been destroyed. These people have been forgotten, and I want to help them.”

When Monson returned to Luhansk in September, he brought supplies for a local orphanage. With money from the LPR government, he also helped set up something more permanent: the area’s first martial arts school, which he hopes can impart upon local kids a sense of community, self-worth, and discipline — the things all sports offer, he says.

Many in Luhansk, joined by even more people in Russia sympathetic to the separatists, have celebrated Monson’s humanitarian efforts. The state-run RT propaganda network is even giving him a television show.

In Ukraine, on the other hand, Monson is viewed widely as a criminal or worse, and his actions have drawn sharp criticism from those who fought to overthrow Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s corrupt regime. It was this revolution, after all, that sparked Moscow’s support for separatists in the country’s eastern regions.

Monson gets letters from people in Ukraine and in the U.S., where he was recently held at the border and questioned about his activities in Luhansk. In the letters, people call him a terrorist. He is likely to be the subject of further controversy after receiving citizenship from the President of Abkhazia, an unrecognized breakaway region of Georgia.

No stranger to controversy, Monson says he’s unfazed: “I’m not going to not do something just because of legal consequences. They are calling me a terrorist for opening a school and helping orphanages!”

Fortunate Son

Monson is used to the spotlight, but not for humanitarianism. One of the world’s most decorated mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, he made his name in the ring, pure and simple. At age 28, Monson won his first championship in a technique known as grappling — a discipline he excels in to this day.

Time is catching up, however, and Monson’s body is beginning to fail him at 45. Today, he projects an image of both imposing strength and surprising fragility. His movements are lumbering and laborious, and his left leg betrays a significant limp. Unable to fight legally in the United States any longer, Monson has spent much of the past five years fighting in Russia, under a Russian flag.

Beneath the stereotypical facade of a professional MMA fighter, Monson is an unfettered idealist, describing himself as a libertarian-communist, meaning that he believes in a socialist utopia in which all men live equally and cordially without government. He plans just two more fights before devoting himself to a life of communist missionary work in Luhansk and in Russia.

“The only way we are going to survive as a species is to share things, stopping production of things we don’t need. Produce for need, instead of capital and wealth,” Monson told The Moscow Times.

Monson wasn’t always a communist. As he describes it, his childhood in the Seattle area was an all-American cliche. It wasn’t until college, when a professor introduced him to socialist literature, that he began to examine his worldview critically, he says. His formative moment would not come for another several years, when he traveled to Brazil for a fight. There, he says he saw true poverty for the first time.

Struck by the apparent injustice of his privileged youth — and the relative wealth of the United States — and the squalor he witnessed in Brazil, Monson adopted strong leftist views. 

Until recently, the hammer and sickle tattooed on Monson’s leg were the clearest evidence of his leftism. But now he says he’s making it his mission to live by the values they symbolize, vowing to help children in poverty, specifically Russia’s children. 

Encouraged and enamored with Russian public support, Monson has become a frequent visitor to the country. He is pursuing Russian citizenship.

Encouraged and enamored with Russian public support, Monson has become a frequent visitor to the country. He is pursuing Russian citizenship. Matt Bodner

Monson the Russian

Monson’s experience in Brazil, he says, primed him to see the world with an open mind. Over the years, he became increasingly critical of the U.S. government, but it wasn’t until a chance run-in with Vladimir Putin that he discovered his affinity for the former Soviet Union.

In 2011 in Moscow, Monson lost a fight badly, breaking his leg during a 30-minute contest against local legend Fedor Emelianenko. But Monson kept fighting. When the dust settled, he got a phone call from none other than President Vladimir Putin, who told the American he had demonstrated true Russian spirit — the will never to give up.

Monson says he was flattered by the call, which he cherishes as a major sign of respect. He says he gets the same kind of respect from Russian crowds, too. Encouraged and enamored with this kind of public support, Monson started traveling to Russia frequently to fight. Now he says he’s even pursuing Russian citizenship.

“It’s not the place I was born, but it’s the place I grew to love, and I think that resonates with a lot of Russians. If you grow up in a country and say you love it, you’re like 95 percent of people from that country, but if you grow to love another country, it’s because you’ve come to understand its spirit. I love Russia for the people; they accept me.”

Monson can be forgiven for enjoying the attention, and he receives plenty of it. “Grown men on the streets come up and say, ‘You are Russian, thank you for being with us and saying good things about us,’” Monson says. “That would never happen in the United States.”

Second Wind

Monson’s popularity among Russians is not unique. His experience falls within a broader phenomenon of late-career Western celebrities finding a second wind in the former Soviet Union. The likes of French actor Gerard Depardieu (who received Russian citizenship from Putin) and action-film star Steven Seagal (who still aspires to citizenship) are often seen prancing around glitzy venues in Moscow.

Don’t bring up Seagal around Monson, though. The mere mention of the actor’s name invites Monson’s mockery. “He just likes Russia because he gets attention here, and he doesn’t get attention in the States anymore,” Monson says. As for Depardieu, “He has an absolute, purely financial interest in Russia. He’s a farce to have as a Russian citizen.” 

Monson’s love for Russia and his ongoing criticisms of Washington’s foreign policy have won him other admirers — namely the producers at Moscow’s state-funded propaganda network, Russia Today (RT). In the coming weeks, the station will premiere a political commentary show hosted by Monson on both its domestic and foreign networks, Monson says.

The show will focus on various topics, and Monson says he’s working on episodes covering issues ranging from migrant workers in Moscow (he wants to know why only Central Asians do construction and the city’s other dirty jobs), U.S. military bases and interventions, Pokemon, and the Moscow Circus. It’s a way for Monson to explore his new home, and share his view of Russia with the world, he says. 

Asked if he’s worried about being used by RT for propaganda purposes, Monson says it’s a mutually beneficial relationship: “Will I be allowed to criticize Putin? Of course not, but I refuse to say anything I don’t agree with.” Fortunately for RT, this will involve some America-bashing. But Monson hopes the show can help him reinvent himself as a political thinker. 

Monson is hoping to master Russian so he can eventually become a communist deputy in the State Duma.

Monson is hoping to master Russian so he can eventually become a communist deputy in the State Duma. Anton Novoderzhikin / TASS

Respect As a Politician

“I want to be seen as more than a sportsman. I want to become respected in the academic and political world,” he says. “I also want to be seen  as someone who has Russia’s best interests in mind, and I want to be seen as someone who has the interest of working-class people in mind. That’s my goal now, and we will see where that can lead me.”

Monson hopes to leverage the show to achieve his larger goal: to become an active and constructive member of the Russian Communist Party.

Like RT, the communists so far appear to be happy to have Monson, if for no other reason than the fact that he attracts young supporters to an increasingly aging and outdated party. Indeed, an Oct. 1 seminar organized by the Communist Party Youth Sports Club drew a surprising number of children — a rough count indicated around 150 — when Monson expected an older crowd. And everyone wanted selfies when the fighting was done.

“Frankly speaking, there’s a lot of stagnation in the party. I’m not going to come in and start demanding things, but I want to push for some changes,” he says. “This is, after all, the Communist Party. I want to work within the party to realize some of the ideals that the party was founded on in 1917,” Monson said, lamenting the party’s current status as a Kremlin-sanctioned opposition party.

Monson isn’t kidding when he talks about his political beliefs, and he does his best to demonstrate his commitment to communism. He says he hopes that a recent seminar he ran for the Communist Party will be just the first of many free seminars across the country.

All the while, he is hoping to master Russian to pursue bigger goals, such as eventually becoming a communist deputy in the State Duma.

“I’m not trying to start a revolution, but I want this party to do things for working people in Russia today.”

“The party needs to stop living in the glow of the Soviet Union of old. Of course, it will always have a history and place here because of its past, if anything because of its influence in winning World War II and saving the world really, but the big thing is that they can make things better for people today if it starts to look forward and practice the ideals the party stands for,” Monson says.

“If it does part of that, it would be a revolution in itself.”

Roofers Local 36 – First US Union to Rejoin World Federation of Trade Unions since 1949!

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Cliff Smith, Bus. Mgr., United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, & Allied Workers, Local 36

Roofers Local 36 is the first US Union to affiliate with the WFTU since 1949! A historic moment! United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers Local 36.

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“The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) was established in Paris on 3 October 1945. The First World Trade Union Congress (Paris, 3-8 October 1945) which voted to establish the WFTU was attended by delegates representing 67 million workers from 56 national organizations from 55 countries and 20 international organizations. The First World Trade Union Congress was preceded by the World Trade Union Conference held in London from 6 to 17 February 1945 and which accomplished much of the preparatory work. The London Conference was attended by 204 delegates from 53 national and international organizations representing 60 million workers worldwide. The Conference had as co-chairpersons, representatives of the British TUC, the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) of the United States and the All Union Central Council of Trade Unions of the USSR. They were assisted by three vice-chairpersons – from the CGT of France, the Chinese Federation of Labour and the Confederation of Workers in Latin America. Walter Citrine, General Secretary of the British TUC, was the General Secretary of the Conference. The establishment of the WFTU closely followed the San Francisco Conference which created the United Nations Organization (UNO). The U. N. Charter adopted in San Francisco on 26 June 1945 declared: “We the people of the United Nations, determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom, and for these ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples, have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims.” The basic aim of the First World Trade Union Congress was nothing other than the objectives quoted above from the U. N. Charter. The U. N. Charter spoke in the name of “We the peoples of the United Nations”. The Paris Congress of WFTU spoke in the name of the working people of the world organized in trade unions who wanted a world free from war and social injustices. The foundation of the WFTU was thus seen as indicative of the new era that had opened with the defeat of fascism at the hands of the anti-fascist alliance of states. The working people and the democratic forces saw in that victory the new future of the world, where imperialism and colonialism would retreat and where freedom, peace, democracy and prosperity would advance for all humankind.”

“The international situation took a turn for the worse with the cold war which came to prevail in the late 1940s, along with the rearmament, the arms race and the politics of confrontation. United national trade union centers were disrupted by the advocates of the cold war and trade union unity was seriously weakened. The anti-fascist alliance of states was split and was soon replaced by armed confrontation between two powerful military blocs. The United Nations and all international organizations were seriously affected by the politics of confrontation. Within the WFTU, following the positions taken by the different national trade union centers, acute policy differences arose on important questions. This related to the role of the International Trade Secretariats, attitude to the Marshall Plan, etc. Analyzing the developments of that period, Louis Saillant, the then WFTU General Secretary, wrote: “One must not try to foist the views of a national trade union centre on to a united international trade union organization, as the American unions wanted to do with regard to the Marshall Plan. We proposed at the time, since we had different points of view, that we should simply take note of the existence of the Marshall Plan, and that the WFTU should not be put in the position of having to adopt a decision for or against. This attempt was made, in spite of everything, to impose a decision, even though there was a majority against the Marshall Plan in the WFTU. We did not ask for this majority to be used. But there were some people who were seeking to see the majority vote used in order to provoke a split.”

“The split came in the shape of a letter from the British TUC, read out by its President Arthur Deakin at the WFTU Executive Bureau meeting in Paris on 19 January 1949, demanding “suspension of all WFTU activities for a period of 12 months”. He said that if this was not accepted, the British TUC would withdraw from the WFTU. James B. Carey from the United States was more direct and blunt: “It is no use pretending that the WFTU is anything but a corpse. Let us bury it.” The motion was rejected as it did not fall within the competence of the Executive Bureau. The matter was referred to the Executive Committee and to the Congress. Following this, Arthur Deakin, James B. Carey and E. Kupers (Netherlands) walked out of the meeting. Soon afterwards, several organizations withdrew from the WFTU. The split was formalized. In December 1949, those who withdrew met in London and formed the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU). It is thus clear that those organizations which now constitute the WFTU never intended to divide the world trade union movement. They have always been striving to promote the unity of workers the world over. The WFTU held its Second World Trade Union Congress, as planned, in Milan from 29 June to 9 July 1949. Delegations from 61 countries were present at the Congress representing around 71 million members. The Congress rejected the British TUC’s proposal to cease activities. An Open Letter was adopted by the Congress addressed to trade union activists in the United States, Great Britain and other countries whose centres had pulled out of the WFTU, urging them to find a way to reach an agreement around common aims. The Second World Trade Union Congress established priorities in the struggle for peace, democratic rights of the peoples and international trade union unity. Resolutions were adopted on the economic and social demands of the workers and on the special problems of migrant workers. The Congress also decided to set up the Trade Union Internationals (TUIs) to organize activities in the various trade branches. Guiseppe Di Vittorio was elected President and Louis Saillant was re-elected General Secretary. Vice Presidents were: V. Kuznetsov (USSR), A. Le Leap (France), V.Lombardo Toledano (Mexico), Lui Chao Chih (China), B. Blokzil (Netherlands), F. Zupka (Czechoslovakia), S.A.Dange (India), L. Pena (Cuba) and A. Diallo (Guinea). During the last five decades, reflecting the great changes in the world, the composition of the WFTU has also changed significantly. Ideological and political splits and changes in policies also influenced certain trade union organizations. Reviewing developments in the past period, the Policy Document adopted at the 13th World Trade Union Congress made the assessment that “economically and socially speaking, ‘bloc’ politics seriously handicapped the action, form and influence of world trade unionism, and more especially its international structures. These upheavals bring to the fore the central issue of the role and place of the social movement and the trade union movement.” (Paragraph 23) The Policy Document further stated that “trade unions and their international organizations could not, did not know how to, and did not want to avoid taking a stance in this global confrontation. The resulting decision within the international trade union movement weakened its action and its role in promoting international solidarity, and hampered its ability to take stances and act concertedly in resolving the problems of the workers. “Internationally, and domestically in certain countries, the issues of the independence and the purpose of trade union action in defending demands, meeting the needs of the workers, and responding to their desires for democracy, the defense of human rights and unity, have often been considered to be of secondary importance in trade union practices and concepts. The responsibility of each individual and of the masses is decisive. The upheavals that have occurred have merely strengthened the demand for trade unionism to maintain independence in its judgments, decisions and action, whatever the circumstances, and to be fully democratic. This constitutes the basis of the respect for the principles of trade unionism.” (Paragraphs 24-26) Thus the basic principles laid down by the founding Congress of the WFTU have been strongly reiterated.”

“Eleven World Trade Union Congresses have been organized by the WFTU over the 46 years since the Milan Congress in 1949. These Congresses which have all been highly representative in character confirm the correctness of the decision of the Milan Congress to continue the activities of the WFTU as an organization striving for unity and international solidarity of workers and trade unions in all countries, to carry forward the aims and objectives of its founding Congress in Paris in 1945 and seeking areas of agreement to promote unity and united action in the world trade union movement. These Congresses became broad platforms for the world trade union movement to exchange views and to decide on strategies and policies to advance the struggles of the workers in all countries for their rights. The policy of the WFTU to hold such Congresses as open forums has actively helped the development of international trade union cooperation. The 13th World Trade Union Congress (Damascus, 1994) was attended by 418 participants from 160 national, local, regional and international trade union organizations, representing more than 300 million workers from 84 countries on every continent. The constitutional amendments approved by the Damascus Congress define WFTU’s current aims and objectives as follows:

I. DEFINITION: As set forth in the declaration adopted by the London World Trade Union Conference in February 1945 and the resolutions and principles adopted by the First World Trade Union Congress in Paris in October 1945, the WFTU is a democratic, class-based international trade union organization of struggle of all wage-earners, which supports and encourages action by trade unions in every country to obtain the independent rights and demands of the workers, to defend their interests, to combat all forms of domination and subservience, exploitation and oppression, and to bring about socioeconomic development, and which develops and coordinates cooperation and solidarity. Trade union organizations from all countries in the world that wish to unite on the basis of the principle of independence in order to achieve common aims join the WFTU on a voluntary basis, irrespective of differences in their political, philosophical and religious beliefs, in the race of their members, or in social regimes. As an international organization, and notwithstanding the relations established at national level by member organizations, the WFTU maintains its independence from governments, political parties and employers. The WFTU considers the renewal of the world trade union movement to be essential in achieving these objectives, to effectively defend workers’ interests. This concept, which is as closely rooted as possible to the workers and to concrete acts of solidarity, takes as its basis, struggles at the national, regional and industrial level, and is applied in order to give them all the necessary momentum and coordination. Its role is that of a centre of cooperation, of dialogue, the putting forward of proposals, genuine exchanges of information and experience, and the mobilization of workers for common aims and for solidarity initiatives amongst member organizations and, of course, any others who so desire. All this should serve the renewal and unity of the international trade union movement, based on the principle of respect for independence. It is for this reason that the WFTU intends to transform itself into a flexible, light and operational general structure capable of adapting to the needs of member organizations, a structure which in effect aims to see itself being placed within a thoroughly transformed international trade unionism.

II. OBJECTIVES: The WFTU therefore proclaims its prime objective is to contribute to the emancipation of the working people by means of struggle: against all forms of exploitation of people and for obtaining and guaranteeing living and working conditions for all workers which would allow them the widest possible benefits from the fruits of their labour, in order to obtain for them and their families the time and the means to live in conditions appropriate to our epoch which is one marked by the headlong progress of science and technology: against colonialism, imperialism, domination and expansionism in the economic, social, political and cultural spheres; for the elimination of racism and underdevelopment; to guarantee sovereignty, freedom and security of nations, non-interference in their internal affairs, respect for their political, economic and social independence and the establishment of a new and just international economic order; for the right to full employment and the guarantee of this right; for full and adequate social security legislation to protect workers and their families in the event of sickness and old age, and every other type of assistance and social security; for training, education and culture for all workers, thus enabling them to gain access to any responsibility or position within their capabilities; for protection of the working environment, effective measures to maintain and promote ecological standards and sustainable development; for the achievement of social, economic and political democracy, the defense and development of workers’ and trade unions’ rights and freedoms, respect for human rights and the implementation of the Universal Declaration of Trade Union Rights; for the prevention of a nuclear war and the dissolution of all military alliances and blocs; against aggression and war and to promote international detente, the establishment of a just and lasting peace, peaceful coexistence and mutually advantageous cooperation amongst all peoples and among States; an end to the arms race, especially in nuclear arms and the total prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons; and progressive arms reduction leading to general and complete disarmament.

III. MEANS To encourage and promote these objectives, the WFTU takes initiatives to contribute to the mobilization of all the forces of the international trade union movement. To this end, the WFTU, its affiliates, the professional and regional structures: Use every available means to publicize and explain these objectives to the workers of all countries, together with the programs and decisions adopted by its leading bodies, and the actions for unity which it adopts; make every effort to organize, inspire and coordinate international solidarity; to promote and encourage all democratic debates and exchanges of opinion and experience on problems of common interest to all workers and trade unions of the world; work with and within international and intergovernmental institutions; work for action organized and carried out at regional level to stimulate and develop consultation, cooperation and solidarity, so as to respond best to their specific concerns and interests, and at industrial level to reinforce the place and role of the Trade Unions Internationals (TUIs); advocate and act in favor of the achievement of unity; cooperate with trade union organizations and the institutions concerned with workers’ trade union training.

IV. METHODS OF WORK To achieve its objectives the WFTU applies the following principles and working methods: The WFTU makes constant use of forms of work aimed at unity and cooperation with all national, branch and inter-branch organizations, irrespective of affiliation, in the struggle for common objectives and in a spirit of workers’ international solidarity. The democratic functioning of the organization at all levels requires consultations and the strict application of collective work in the governing and deliberative bodies laid down in the Constitution, as well as respect for all opinions expressed in the interests of the defense of the workers. Adherence to decisions taken and to the regularity of meetings of the statutory leading bodies and regional, branch and WFTU assemblies, together with the creation of Working Commissions as decided by the statutory bodies, constitutes one of the forms of the organization’s democratic functioning. The observance of full respect for democratic principles in relations with trade union organizations, based on the recognition of the right of member organizations to draft their policies, programs and actions independently and in accordance with the interests of the workers of their countries and the specific conditions in which they are working, as well as with specific national circumstances. Relations between the WFTU and its member organizations and between member organizations within the WFTU or at bilateral level are based on mutual respect, complete equality of rights, reciprocal independence and non-interference in internal affairs. Relations are also based on the following principles: * Consultations in order to seek the broadest possible agreement, after sufficient debate, in the statutory bodies on all important and fundamental matters. * Such consultations do not exclude the need to engage in debate on each issue analyzed. * If, after sufficient discussion has taken place, a consensus cannot be achieved, decisions are reached by vote in accordance with the Constitution. * Decisions of the statutory bodies of the WFTU are adopted by a simple majority. A two-thirds majority is required if the issue concerns (1) amendments to the WFTU Constitution; (2) the establishment or modification of its Program of Action, (3) the adoption of its budget. Election of leaders of the WFTU should take place by direct secret ballot. * It is necessary to pursue consultations, notwithstanding any possible vote, on questions on which agreement cannot be reached within the bodies concerned or in the supreme body. In all cases, democratic and unity-oriented principles shall be observed, allowing member organizations which have expressed a position or aim different from the others to associate with the life and activities of the WFTU both in spirit and in accordance with the Constitution. Concerning relations between the WFTU and its member organizations: * An organization’s membership of the WFTU does not, in any case, entail renunciation or reduction of its independence and national autonomy in the implementation of resolutions or decisions of WFTU statutory bodies. * Member organizations will carry out the decisions of the WFTU statutory bodies taking into account the situation in their respective countries, thus recognizing the right of each organization to take into consideration the specific conditions in which they work. * The right is recognized of any member organization not to be bound by any decision, stand or action in the formulation of which it was not involved or with which it did not agree. The WFTU’s relations with associate member organizations, as well as the rights and duties of those organizations, are defined in the present Constitution. The WFTU’s relations with non-member organizations are based on fraternal and voluntary cooperation in the constant search for common objectives and the planning of common activities. In this spirit, the WFTU shall seek contact and establish cooperation with the other international trade union organizations, as well as with regional or continental trade union organizations.”

“NEW PAGE Following the 15th Congress of the World Federation of Trade Unions, the WFTU turns page and traces a new, modern, fighting course. We develop the history of 65 years, we develop the weaknesses and hits of this course and we attempt to correspond to the current and future needs. We build the present and open our wings for the future. Our basic principles and values are found in the key-words : analysis, action, unity, struggle, democracy, solidarity, independence, co-ordination. Analysis of current reality and action for the demands of Working Class. Struggle for the worker’s rights. Unity of all workers towards monopolies and Imperialists. For peace and progress. Solidarity with the people suffering threats and attacks from USA and their allies. All peoples to have the right to self-determination. Right to education and training, to free health for all children of the working class without discriminations and class barriers. Equal rights for men and women. Criticism, self-criticism, collectiveness, democratic freedoms and trade-union rights. Transparent proceedings. Independence of International Organizations from the USA bondage. Independence of International Trade Union Organizations from the capital. Co-ordination of all militant Trade Unions, no matter what their differences are, in order to repulse capital’s attack against social security, full and stable work, privatizations, environmental pollution, quality of life. Confidence in the workers role for a world free from exploitation, wars, poverty, children’s prostitution and exploitation. ”

 

History

 

Activist in South Korea Dies of Injuries From Police Water Cannon

Activist in South Korea Dies of Injuries From Police Water Cannon

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A South Korean farmer protesting the government’s agricultural policy in Seoul last week. Another activist farmer, Baek Nam-gi, who was struck by a police water cannon at a protest last year, died on Sunday. Credit Jeon Heon-Kyun/European Pressphoto Agency

SEOUL, South Korea — An activist farmer who was expelled from school twice for protesting the rule of the military dictator Park Chung-hee of South Korea died on Sunday as a result of injuries he sustained while opposing Mr. Park’s daughter, President Park Geun-hye.

The farmer, Baek Nam-gi, 68, was struck by a police water cannon last November during the largest antigovernment demonstration under Ms. Park. He had remained in a coma at Seoul National University Hospital since, becoming a symbol of what government critics call rising police brutality and the erosion of freedom of assembly under Ms. Park.

After the hospital announced that Mr. Baek had died of kidney failure on Sunday afternoon, hundreds of students and other supporters gathered there. Thousands of police officers were deployed to the hospital out of fear that his death might lead to antigovernment protests.

In June, Maina Kiai, the special rapporteur at the United Nations on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, cited Mr. Baek’s case in criticizing what he called an excessive use of water cannons by the police and shrinking space for exercising the right to peaceful assembly under Ms. Park.

“In footage made available to the special rapporteur, the water cannon was used against largely peaceful crowds. In certain cases, lone individuals were targeted, a use difficult to justify,” he wrote. “The case of Mr. Baek Nam-gi is a tragic illustration of this.”

Mr. Baek was born in 1947 in Boseong in rural southwestern South Korea. He was expelled from Chung-Ang University in Seoul in 1971 for leading a demonstration against Mr. Park’s deployment of troops on college campuses to intimidate student activists. He was later allowed to re-enroll but was soon on the run from the police for organizing protests against Mr. Park’s constitutional revision aimed at extending his dictatorship. While in hiding in a cathedral in Seoul, he became a Roman Catholic.

He was expelled again from school in 1975 but returned after the assassination of Mr. Park by his intelligence chief in 1979.

Mr. Baek then led students in a march against Chun Doo-hwan, an army major general who seized power in a coup after Mr. Park’s death. Mr. Chun’s martial-law troops arrested Mr. Baek during raids on school dormitories in 1980. He was expelled from school a third time and was later sentenced to two years in prison. He was freed in 1981.

Unlike former student activists who entered politics and became national figures, Mr. Baek devoted himself to fighting for the rights of poor rural farmers.

Few other South Koreans had heard of Mr. Baek again until the news media reported that a farmer had been knocked unconscious by a police water cannon in Seoul in November. The water cannon continued to blast Mr. Baek as he lay on the ground. Doctors later reported that he had a cerebral hemorrhage that they suspected was caused by the water cannon. Prosecutors are still investigating the case.

A version of this article appears in print on September 26, 2016, on page A6 of the New York edition with the headline: Hit by Water Cannon in 2015, a South Korean Activist Dies.

Speech of the GS of the CC of KKE Dimitris Koutsoumpas in the 42nd KNE Odigitis Festival

Speech of the GS of the CC of KKE Dimitris Koutsoumpas in the 42nd KNE- Odigitis Festival

Dear friends,

Dear comrades,

 

The festival of KNE-Odigitis every year leaves its mark. With hundreds of events all around Greece and naturally with the actvities here, in the “Antonis Tritsis” park.

If some people are wondering why the festival of KNE endured when all similar initiatives of other political organizations have unraveled over  time, the answer lies in the content of the festival.

Every year, thousands of young people meet, are entertained and discuss their worries and their dreams.

With the contribution of renowned artists from every field, by  promoting amateur creativity, by getting to know the workers’- people’s culture and the artistic works of great communist and progressive creators that we have the responsibility to disseminate to the younger generations.

 

At the same time, thousands of young men and women, pupils, students, young workers and unemployed youngsters come in contact with the history of KKE and the labour movement.

They find about the activity of the previous generation of fighters, they are inspired, they make a decision to take their place in the organized struggles, they take up the baton for the great battles that we have in front of us, for the “earthquakes that are to come”.

Even more so this year because of the celebrations that we have in front of us for the 100th anniversary of the KKE and the 50th anniversary of KNE, many young people come into contact- some of them for the first time- with the history of the Democratic Army of Greece, which this year celebrates the 70the anniversary of its founding.

This is not some obsession of the KKE

The history of the KKE, the conclusions that we draw for the strategy of the party are weapons in the  complex daily and demanding struggles against the system of exploitation. In the great cause of the fight for socialism- communism.

The history of the struggles of our people is not something for the history museums nor just a general reference to a heroic past.

 

The goal is for the party and KNE through the study of history to become more capable in the struggles, to learn from the important moments of the class struggle, as well as from the mistakes, from the upsurges and also from the difficult moments of the struggle.

 

We must draw on new strength to vindicate and complete this great and militant history.

 

The fact that the KKE studies its history with objective criteria, without prettifications is proof that the KKE is made of “different metal”.

 

This way we confirm that the goal of our struggle goes very far, as do our hopes!

 

The festival every year with its events all around Greece is the meeting of thousands of young people with the KKE and its positions, where they can get to know it  first-hand and not through the words of those who fight against it.

 

Here in the festival and through all the activities of the KKE and KNE, militant values and ideals are formed, in rupture with the values that are cultivated by the exploiters and their rotten system.

 

Solidarity, comradeship, the desire for knowledge, the love and caring for the toiling people, the daring, the endurance in the difficulties, the militancy, the collectivity.

 

These values stand against the notion “your death is my life” that is cultivated in the youth either in the places of education or the work places. And these values, these “virtues” are acquired and formed through the continuous struggle, through the attempt to help the people and the youth to stand up tall.

 

The festival of KNE is enhanced and it embraces even more aspects of the life of the youth, because its oxygen is the political proposition of the  KKE, the positions of KNE.

 

In the KKE and KNE every young man and woman coming from the working class and popular strata is able to find support and also the answers to questions that they have regarding the concerns and worries about their future.

 

Especially in the youth, which they want cornered and disappointed, today we can show with even more arguments and proof that the people, the young men and women have not yet said their last word.

 

They haven’t yet tested their great strength  which lies in  the intensification of the struggles, the strengthening of the people’s alliance against the common opponent, the monopolies and their power, as well as their supporters regardless of the masks that they wear.

 

Now, the youth itself has more, direct experience. All kinds of governments have been tested. In practice, all the “so-called” easy solutions, as SYRIZA described them.

 

This experience can become strength if it meets with the organized struggle, if it meets with the political proposition of the KKE for workers’- people’s power.

 

The bourgeois class, its officials know very well that they have created a generation that lives in worse conditions than the generation of their parents.

 

And this could be the spark that will lead to struggles. That is why they take measures so that it won’t be expressed in the decisive participation of the youth in the struggle, especially  at the side of the KKE and KNE.

 

That is why they cultivate the notion that “nothing changes”, when the truth is that much more is needed today in order to have results.

That is why they cultivate false expectations, like they did before the elections with SYRIZA, which today are once again promoted with a different disguise by various forces that speak in the name of the “left”.

 

At the same time they aim to win the tolerance of the youth towards the anti-people policies. Today’s government tries to do so with the same arguments as the previous governments.

 

That’s why they utilize even the most ridiculous figures and personalities, even fraudsters,  in order to channel the dissatisfaction and anger of the people in this direction.

 

The bourgeois class does not hesitate to use even criminal fascist organizations, like Golden Dawn, cultivating racism and anti-communism, hatred for the victims of war, hatred for the labour movement.

 

Dear friends,

 

With the  KKE we counter-attack!

 

We must build obstacles to all new and old anti-people measures, we must demand the restoration of all losses.

We must fight to satisfy the contemporary needs of the people and the youth.

Because there is a different way, against the flexible life, against wandering from unemployment to miserable underpaid jobs which is the general situation for the youth in particular.

Today, it is possible for the youth and the working people to live the way they deserve to in the 21st century.

The possibilities for that exist. The enormous development of production and science can be used in favour of the people and their children, in order to secure their prosperity.

The requirement for this to happen is for the working class to take into its hands the keys of the economy and power. To finally get rid of the rotten situation we are living in.This way we can ensure the programmed development of all sectors of the economy using as criteria not the profits of the few, like today, but the satisfaction of the social and popular needs.

Here, in the direction of the overthrow of the system, there is an way out for the youth!

 

Dear friends,

Dear comrades,

 

SYRIZA and its government with ANEL, chose- as Mr. Tsipras recently said- to be in the front line. SYRIZA chose and was chosen to be in the front line of the implementation of the commitments of the memorandum, the orders of capital, the directions of the EU, the decisions of NATO.

In a few words,                 SYRIZA was chosen to do the dirty work on behalf of the capital and the EU, because at least in this phase, it is able to deceive and manipulate people easier than the traditional bourgeois political forces.

Because, first and foremost it is able to neutralize, to paralyze radicalism, to cultivate fatalism and defeatism amongst people that put their hopes and expectations in SYRIZA, and then were disappointed,  disproved and now are  still in confusion.

Maybe the management of the capitalist crisis does not allow differentiations of the policies that the various governments implement, it might not allow in the field of the economy deviations from the accurate implementation of the anti-people measures and restructurings by every government, however at the level of slogans, propaganda, the promotion of policies, it has some room to maneuver.

And in at this level, SYRIZA has more flexibility and finesse than the other bourgeois parties by using its opportunist physiognomy and the status of the “former communist” that even today some of its members use.

Who else could have brought the third memorandum?

Who else could have established NATO in the Aegean, using as a pretext the refugee flows, and beg for the founding of a new NATO base in Karpathos?

Who else could advertise better the NATO base in Souda to the Americans as the most appropriate one for the operations in the area?

Who else could have completely buried social security?

Who else would have the nerve to say that thousands of pensioners seem crazy and tell them that they cannot see what goes into their pockets, claiming that as a governing party they did not cut their pensions, they did not cut their benefits into pieces …

Who else could have baptized privatizations as being “utilization for the public interest”?

The political deception continues to be used by the representatives of the capital, the hawks of the quartet, but unfortunately they are  elected by the always well-intentioned people who always end up getting betrayed…

At the same time that SYRIZA denounces the EU for the austerity policies, in order to become popular to a more radical audience that questions this capitalist union, it spreads new illusions that the EU can be corrected if an alliance of the south is formed or if the correlation of forces is in favour of the so-called progressive forces in which they include the anti-people governments of Hollande, Renzi and others.

Of course, when Tsipras and his European friends talk about putting an end to austerity they do not mean the restoration of wages, pensions and other rights, but mostly about state money for the monopolies to invest.

At the same time they denounce the EU for inhumanity against the refugees, they continue to support the agreements between the EU and Turkey which they signed, which are the epitome of inhumanity caging thousands of desperate people in our country.

At the same time that they denounce the oligarchy, the economic and political system that allegedly fights the government, they implement one by one the demands of the capital which they provide with benefits, tax exemptions, hot money for its investments.

 

At the same time that they claim to be “deepening democracy” and plan to stage fiestas for the revision constitution, they plan to restrict trade union activity, the right to strike, even to legalize counter strikes, lockouts- a gift to the employers.

At the same time that they guarantee to the capital for the recovery of its profitability, they sell to the people the fairytale of “just development”, “just distribution of the produced wealth”.

And until then they tell the people to wait in the ranks of the unemployed, the soup kitchens, the lists of those who owe money to the tax office, the percentage of part-time employment, the unpaid jobs in the slavery regime that the prime-minister recently discovered.

They tell the people to wait for crumbs of bread to fall from the table of capitalist profits.

 

Dear friends,

 

This flexibility of SYRIZA that the other bourgeois parties do not have is recognized by the capital as well as the cadres of the EU that congratulate the government on its skills, realism and fast adjustment.

This flexibility however is very dangerous for the people because it cultivates a modern slavery dressed in a left wrapping, it cultivates reduced demands, compromise with crumbs.

The course of SYRIZA, its transformation into a distinct social-democratic party was predestined. This is what happens to every party that accepts the capitalist way and promises that it can humanize it.

Mr. Tsipras continues to give lessons of “leftness” and radicalism, always adapted to each specific audience.

Sometimes he remembers that he chose to be in the front line because he is not simply a commentator on the developments, that he aims to change the social correlation of forces and other times he mocks those who “fantasize  about an ideal society”.

In other words, he says to the people each time the same thing: “Since the correlation of forces does not change easily and since the ideal society that the KKE  envisions is not easily realized, you should adapt to today,  to the system and not ask for much.

This logic of necessary adaptation, as they call it, can immobilize forces that today should act, with a line  of rupture and overthrow, for the correlation of forces to really change. It postpones in this way to the unknown future, any thought of overthrow of the capitalist barbarity.

This is the essence and the historical role of opportunism. It always assisted the capitalist system in difficult moments for capital.

It can also temporarily create confusion, a false image that all the left forces are similar, that supposedly SYRIZA  and the KKE are more or less the same, they both want the overthrow of the  today’s system, only that the KKE wants it right now, which is not possible, while SYRIZA   goes  slowly and steadily etc…

The moment will come when all who were deceived in this way , will turn their backs on them and chase them away.

Because SYRIZA was selected to be in the frontline to crush the workers, to manage the capitalist system.

The KKE is opposed to them. It is in the frontline for the overthrow of the rotten capitalist system, for struggle for the new society, socialism-communism.

The  bourgeois groups that criticize the government  either because of not being decisive enough in the application of the reforms or because they have more confidence in the more traditional parties, like New Democracy and PASOK, know it well.

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Certain media and well known defenders of the system even offer covert support to SYRIZA, supposedly criticizing it but in fact adding its propaganda. They even try to present it as an almost communist, pro- soviet party, implying that its “communist character” is to blame for anything bad that has emerged from their policies.

They think that in this way they can blame socialism for the government’s anti-people policies. They want socialism to be identified in the youth’s consciousness with the property taxes, memorandums, anti-popular measures. They want the KKE to be blamed along with SYRIZA for the government’s deeds.

They are certainly not naive. They know what kind of a party SYRIZA is and whom it serves, they are just being provident, as loyal servants of the capital that know well how to serve it.

They are invoking the people’s problems in Venezuela.

But, of course, it was not socialism that went bankrupt in Venezuela, but the well-known narrative of opportunists like Tsipras-Lafazanis-Konstantopoulou, that they could allegedly tame the iron laws of the system in the framework of capitalism, that they could prevent capitalist crises, that the profits of the few and the needs of the many could be reconciled.

Of course SYRIZA doesn’t mind this criticism, as it presents SYRIZA as something different to what it really is, a bourgeois party that serves capital’s power. And this is exactly what the quarrel with New Democracy is about: who is going to lead the implementation of the third memorandum., support the capitalist recovery and manipulate the people at the same time.

New Democracy on the other hand is nervous seeing how the Greek and international centers support the government of SYRIZA – ANEL and is trying to propagate its own “willingness”, as the most “genuine child” of capital, to implement the entirety of the restructuring measures that it requests. It promotes its own anti-popular plan which includes fewer taxes for the capital and less public spending for the already reduced public services for the people’s needs.

It takes advantage of SYRIZA’s anti- popular policies to declare it innocent of what it had done during its own period of governance. It presents capital’s needs, the cynicism of the anti – popular measures as the “objective truth”.

Hence the true difference between SYRIZA and ND can be depicted in the quote “You can choose which of your pockets we’ll take the money from”!! The left or the right pocket.Because it is clear that the third memorandum, the overthrow of the working people’s rights and the support for the capital’s profitability and recovery, are in both parties’ programs.

Along with these, PASOK and “The River”(Potami) are trying to reconstruct – without great success so far – the bankrupted centre – left, especially now that they see that SYRIZA has taken the place of the old PASOK and is becoming the favored child of European social – democracy.

The Center Union , that used to be  considered absurd, is now playing the role of the outrider that is willing  to support the system and every anti – popular governmental formation it may need.

The made -in -Greece nazi-criminals continue to serve as the system’s watchdogs, pouring their racist poison and playing a leading role in vulgar anti-communism. They do whatever they can for their leaders to increase their wealth and of course their various suspicious connections with international centers and services and shadowy networks. In parliament Golden Dawn also pretends to be an anti-systemic force, while at the same time it is asking for more privileges and tax exemptions for certain sections of capital, and outside the parliament it continues providing the employers with cheap workers, functioning as slave traders.

 

Friends and comrades,

From the podium of the 42ND Festival of KNE – Odigitis we want to address those who see that this situation can’t go on, those that are willing to come into conflict with fatalism and meager demands. We say to them : the only party that can express you is the KKE, even if you have reservations on certain issues with it.

We especially address the people that still feel themselves to be leftwing,  that may have voted for SYRIZA or other leftist forces and now are indignant. We call for them to take the step today, to join forces with KKE.

The situation cannot change through disillusionment or finding excuses for this government. We should march together, now. To revive hope and optimism again in the struggles, in the movement.

We call on you to meet with us, discuss and at the same time fight within the movement for the KKE’S proposal for the way out.

Because this is the only answer to the capitalist barbarity we live in. Because it shows the development that will satisfy the entirety of the people’s needs. This proposal is realistic because there are all the objective preconditions for it. The goal is to change the correlation of forces in favor of the working class and the popular strata, for the power to finally change hands.

For the working class and the people to take the keys of the economy, the ownership of the means of production into their own hands. For the country to be disengaged from the imperialist unions, while developing economic relations of equality with other states.

For the people to be able to live according to their contemporary needs, according to the potential provided by science and technology, the productivity of labor, the great natural wealth resources and the potential of our country.

 

Comrades,

Our 19th Congress provided our party with a new program, an elaborated strategy for socialism. It is a program that actually gives answers and directions for our party’s leading activity as an “all – weather” party, under any circumstances and difficulties.

Today we are more capable, armed with our party’s program, the conclusions of the study of our party’s history, the experience drawn from socialist construction, to shed light on the duties our party has in the years to come.

Staying away from any complacency, self – satisfaction and carelessness, but with the experience we have from the realization of the decisions of the 19th Congress, we can set our next tasks for our party in view of the 20th Congress.

Marching towards the 20th Congress, we set a goal for an all-round reinforcement of the KKE, to meet the needs for the immediate regroupment of the labor movement, the development of the social alliance in an anti-capitalist, anti-monopoly direction, for the struggle against the imperialist war, for working class power.

We want to assess the work we have done for the assimilation of the party’s program, the difficulties we have faced and are still facing.

This assimilation doesn’t only have to do with the agreement on the character of the revolution and the power we aim for, but also with the deep understanding of the economic and political direction, the objective and subjective preconditions on which the escalation of the struggle for worker’s power will depend. It also has to do with the conclusions drawn from the study of the Party’s    history up to now as well as the history of the international communist movement.

This study has proven that the main problem so far has been the lack of a correct strategy, the lack of readiness of the Communist Parties in terms of program and organization, to lead the people’s revolt in revolutionary conditions to overthrow capitalist power.

This study of historical experience has proven that the “reform strategy” took over, the strategy of penetrating the bourgeois capitalist power through the very organs of bourgeois power, in collaboration with parts of the bourgeois class.

And while the Communist Parties had socialism – communism as a goal in their program, they actually always put an intermediate intermediate stage before it for the maturation of the revolutionary forces.

This strategy resulted in some Communist Parties not meeting their duty, when the conditions of a generalized economic crisis were expressed in their countries that led to a generalized imperialist war and after that a revolutionary situation.

To struggle consistently based on our program, which is the aim of the concentration, maturation and organization of the working class as the leading social force of the revolutionary process, means that this struggle should take place, with this objective, within the working class and the other popular strata even in non- revolutionary circumstances.

The party fights for that objective independently and without giving in to the various means of pressure used by opportunist and bourgeois forces, not even to pressure applied by the working and popular masses, asking for immediate solutions within the system, to problems that the system itself creates.

This means that we shouldn’t follow the logic of detaching the everyday political struggle concerning various burning issues – the crisis, the war, a coup, intensification of state’s violence and suppression, Nazism-fascism – from the main revolutionary struggle itself.

 

Comrades,

 

In the years that have passed since the 19th Congress we have set some crucial issues concerning the advancement of our strategy, the preparation of the movement, issues that we have highlighted in everyday struggle within the movement as well as in our political action through the successive election battles we went through these years.

For example we insist on showing that the EU is a union of capitalist states that cannot be improved or humanized, nor can capitalism. The struggle for radical changes at the level of the economy and power that will lead to disengagement from the EU and NATO is to the benefit of the working class, the people and not sections of capital that seek the exit of Greece from the EU and the Eurozone, or even its attachment to other allies like BRICS, for their own interests.

We insist on highlighting the fact that every government that works in the framework of capital’s power will be its organ, no matter what its name. That’s why our Party will be present in the government of the people’s power that will serve the satisfaction of the worker’s and popular needs, and not the profits of the monopolies. We insist on showing that the bourgeois democracy is a democracy for the minority, actually a dictatorship of capital.

We insist on highlighting the fact that fascism – nazism is an integral part of the system and that it is properly confronted through the struggle against the exploitative system.

We insist on pointing to the danger of generalization of an imperialist war in our region, with the participation of Greece, which will actually be the participation of the Greek bourgeois class claiming their share in the division of the wealth that is currently taking place. Today more than ever we see the relevance of the slogan “the people, and especially the youth shouldn’t shed their blood for the interests of capital, the interests of the exploiters”.

 

Friends and comrades,

 

Today, marching towards the 100th anniversary of our honored and heroic Party, we can be more capable in the promotion of our political proposal that corresponds to the potential for the working people to live better, based on their contemporary needs, as long as the productive potential, the wealth resources of our country, the concentrated means of production become  social property, with central planning, active participation of the working people in the organization and management of social production and social services.

This power, based on the people that will be decisive and organized, will be able to exploit the contradictions between the capitalist countries, to come to beneficial agreements. And above all, it will be able to encourage other peoples and movements to follow the same route.

Besides, history has shown that when people march forward and struggles for power, there are certainly going to be other peoples that will not only show their solidarity, but follow the example.

We can be more effective in order to be at the front of the daily struggles of the workers, to contribute to the regroupment of the labour-people’s movement, the promotion of the Peoples’ Alliance.

We can be more effective as a Party in order to respond to the complex and difficult duty to renew and extend our forces, mainly amongst  the productive age groups and above all amongst industrial workers, amongst workers in large workplaces, amongst young workers and the  unemployed,  amongst the children of the popular families.

We can be more effective as a Party to guide KNE into entering a phase of a significant development of its forces, to develop forces amongst the school students from working class and popular strata families, the pupils and students in technical-vocational education, the students from a working class or popular background. For KNE to be able to educate, to form young communists, effective members and cadres of the party, militants of the class struggle in various conditions.

We can be more effective as a Party, so that the self-employed communists can have bonds with the leading, struggling sections of the self-employed in the cities, with the poor farmers in the rural areas

We can be more effective with the strength of the communist ideals and the dynamism of the class struggle for socialism, to inspire young artists and scientists who care about the workers’ and people’s needs, all those who resist individualism and the rottenness of capitalism, who have open minds, thinking and desire for the possibility of a superior type of organization of social production, of all the aspects of society.

We can be more effective as a Party, in order to respond to the duty of regrouping the workers movement and reinforcing the Social Alliance, so that we can undertake the major responsibility  we have towards the working class, the people. To respond also to the duty of the defense, the fight for workers-people’s rights, to the duty of the struggle for the overthrow of the capitalist society, for socialism.

We can be more effective as a Party, to be leaders in the development of struggles for very various demands, without detaching this active from ideological work and  struggle regarding the historic mission of the  working class, the abolition of the exploitative social relations, the construction of socialist-communist relations and the connection of each economic and political struggle under any correlation of forces and phase of the class struggle with the duty of workers’ revolutionary  power.

We can be more effective as a Party in order to prove in a practical why a century of the  KKE’s existence  makes the  KKE the “youngest party”.

The KKE is the youngest party because precisely because of what it represents regarding the property relations, all social relations, the social organization as a whole ,which  is the only progressive future for humanity in its entirety.

 

Strength to all,

We advance forwards with dynamism

 

Together with the KKE we start the counterattack!

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Together with the KKE we start the counterattack

The central political and cultural events of the three-days of the 42nd Festival of the Communist Youth of Greece (KNE) and its newspaper “Odigitis” were held in Athens with the tremendous participation of young people and working people of all ages.

KNE’s festival, having first “travelled” to dozens of Greek towns with similar mass events, was completed in Athens, where the representatives of 32 youth organizations from different countries all over the world took part.

On Saturday 24/9 the political rally-climax of the festival was held with as uts main speaker Dimitris Koutsoumpas, GS of the CC of the KKE. Sitaram Yechury, GS of the CC of the CP of India (Marxist) and the Secretary of the CC of KNE, Nikos Ambatielos, also addressed the meeting.

D. Koutsoumpas began his speech by referring to the importance of the Festival of KNE-“Odigitis’, as amongst other things it brings thousands of young people into contact with the history of the KKE and labour movement. «They find about the activity of the previous generation of fighters, they are inspired, they make a decision to take their place in the organized struggles, they take up the baton for the great battles that we have in front of us, for the “earthquakes that are to come”.» and he added:

«The history of the KKE, the conclusions that we draw for the strategy of the party are weapons in the complex daily and demanding struggles against the system of exploitation. In the great cause of the fight for socialism- communism. And he added that the study of the history of the KKE that this «has proven that the main problem so far has been the lack of a correct strategy, the lack of readiness of the Communist Parties in terms of program and organization, to lead the people’s revolt in revolutionary conditions to overthrow capitalist power. This study of historical experience has proven that the “reform strategy” took over, the strategy of penetrating the bourgeois capitalist power through the very organs of bourgeois power, in collaboration with parts of the bourgeois class.

 

And while the Communist Parties had socialism – communism as a goal in their program, they actually always put an intermediate stage before it for the maturation of the revolutionary forces.

This strategy resulted in some Communist Parties not meeting their duty, when the conditions of a generalized economic crisis were expressed in their countries that led to a generalized imperialist war and after that a revolutionary situation.

To struggle consistently based on our program, which is the aim of the concentration, maturation and organization of the working class as the leading social force of the revolutionary process, means that this struggle should take place, with this objective, within the working class and the other popular strata even in non- revolutionary circumstances.

The party fights for that objective independently without giving in to the various means of pressure used by opportunist and bourgeois forces, not even to pressure applied by the working and popular masses, asking for immediate solutions within the system, to problems that the system itself creates.

This means that we shouldn’t follow the logic of detaching the everyday political struggle concerning various burning issues – the crisis, the war, a coup, intensification of state’s violence and suppression, Nazism-fascism – from the main revolutionary struggle itself.».

The GS of the CC of the KKE referred to the political developments in Greece and stressed that “SYRIZA was chosen to do the dirty work on behalf of the capital and the EU, because at least in this phase, it is able to deceive and manipulate people easier than the traditional bourgeois political forces.

 

Because, first and foremost it is able to neutralize, to paralyze radicalism, to cultivate fatalism and defeatism amongst people that put their hopes and expectations in SYRIZA, and then were disappointed,  disproved and now are  still in confusion.”

 

He stressed that the argument between SYRIZA and the conservative party of New Democracy “ is about: who is going to lead the implementation of the third memorandum., support the capitalist recovery and manipulate the people at the same time. New Democracy on the other hand is nervous seeing how the Greek and international centers support the government of SYRIZA – ANEL and is trying to propagate its own “willingness”, as the most “genuine child” of capital, to implement the entirety of the restructuring measures that it requests. Because it is clear that the third memorandum, the overthrow of the working people’s rights and the support for the capital’s profitability and recovery, are in both parties’ programs.”

D. Koutsoumpas made reference to the tactics of the conservative party of New Democracy and the old social-democratic party PASOK, which use anti-communism, presenting “ as an almost communist, pro- soviet party, implying that its “communist character” is to blame for anything bad that has emerged from their policies.” And he added that “They are invoking the people’s problems in Venezuela. But, of course, it was not socialism that went bankrupt in Venezuela, but the well-known narrative of opportunists like Tsipras-Lafazanis-Konstantopoulou, that they could allegedly tame the iron laws of the system in the framework of capitalism, that they could prevent capitalist crises, that the profits of the few and the needs of the many could be reconciled.”

D. Koutsoumpas did not forget to criticize the other parliamentary parties. He noted that “PASOK and “The River”(Potami) are trying to reconstruct – without great success so far – the bankrupted centre – left, especially now that they see that SYRIZA has taken the place of the old PASOK and is becoming the favored child of European social – democracy. The Center Union that used to be considered absurd is now playing the role of the outrider that is willing  to support the system and every anti – popular governmental formation it may need. The made -in -Greece nazi-criminals continue to serve as the system’s watchdogs, pouring their racist poison and playing a leading role in vulgar anti-communism. They do whatever they can for their leaders to increase their wealth and of course their various suspicious connections with international centers and services and shadowy networks. In parliament Golden Dawn pretends to be an anti-systemic force, while at the same time it is asking for more privileges and tax exemptions for certain sections of capital, and outside the parliament it continues providing the employers with cheap workers, functioning as slave traders.”

The GS of the CC of the KKE stressed that “The situation cannot change through disillusionment or finding excuses for this government. We should march together, now…

We call on you to meet with us, discuss and at the same time fight within the movement for the KKE’S proposal for the way out.

For the working class and the people to take the keys of the economy, the ownership of the means of production into their own hands. For the country to be disengaged from the imperialist unions, while developing economic relations of equality with other states.

For the people to be able to live according to their contemporary needs, according to the potential provided by science and technology, the productivity of labor, the great natural wealth resources and the potential of our country.”

D. Koutsoumpas underscored amongst other things: “Today we are more capable, armed with our party’s program, the conclusions of the study of our party’s history, the experience drawn from socialist construction, to shed light on the duties our party has in the years to come… Marching towards the 20th Congress, we set a goal for an all-round reinforcement of the KKE, to meet the needs for the immediate regroupment of the labor movement, the development of the social alliance in an anti-capitalist, anti-monopoly direction, for the struggle against the imperialist war, for working class power.”

Click here to read the full speech of D.Koutsoumpas, GS of the CC of the KKE

Click here to read the full speech of S.Yechury, GS of the CC of the CPI(M)

 

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