Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Budget vote in Parliament set for Wednesday. GSEE-ADEDY started today (Tuesday) their 48-hour strike.
CBC (UPI) reports:
The last two-day general strike called for by Greek unions was in 1974, although 24-hour work stoppages have been much more common with seven already staged in the past 12 months, The New York Times reported.
The strike has already halted public transportation in Athens, although the subways are still running -- a concession made so protesters could get around the city, the Times said.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Greece's two main unions GSEE (the General Confederation of Greek Workers) - ADEDY (the Civil Servants' Confederation) have called a 48-hour general strike June 28-29 to protest government plans to pass new austerity measures including spending cuts, tax increase and state-asset sales.
The general strike will be the fourth called this year by ADEDY and the General Confederation of Labor, or GSEE, which represents private-sector workers.
The strike coincides with a scheduled parliamentary debate on the government's plans to pass new austerity measures as part of its five-year fiscal program of budget cuts worth €78 billion.
The Movement for the Reorganisation of the KKE 1918-55 supports the strike and has released posters, flyers, etc. to support the struggle.
The last general strike was on June 15 this year.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
A comrade of our organisation gave an interview to the Norwegian magazine Revolujon, of the sister party M-L Organisation “Revolusjon”.
Greece is at boiling point. People are furious. The economic crisis has turned into a political crisis for the social democrat prime minister Papandreou and the bourgeois political institutions. The weeks ahead are piled with crisis meetings and sessions, in the parliament and with the EU, in order to "cope with the crisis".
Reading a statement from the group Serafettin Elci MP for Diyarbakir said that the group "will not go to parliament until the injustice against our people stop. The violence and operations against our people - said Elci - have continued incessantly. The last straw has been the Election Board decision to quash Hatip Dicle mandate. It is for these reasons that we have taken the decision not to go to Parliament until these injustices and violence would not stop".
Deputies said, “The YSK’s veto of our six candidates marked the beginning of this period, which has continued with waves of arrests and non-stop military operations. The barring of Hatip Dicle from Parliament is the last straw. As we have come to understand, this kind of operation is an integral part of the current political system. These injustices need to be halted as soon as possible. We are calling for people who define themselves as democratic to stand with us against these anti-democratic practices aimed at the Kurdish people.”
The DTK also called on the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM), the European Union, the European Council and the United Nations, indeed the whole world’s people and its democratic organizations, to condemn this decision and put pressure on the Turkish government to rescind it.
Also, BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) Diyarbakir Provincial Organization announced that an unlimited sit-in act will be started today in Diyarbakir in front of BDP Yenisehir district building to protest the Supreme Election Board's (YSK) decision to strip off Hatip Dicle of his candidacy.
Demonstrations also staged in Istanbul, Ankara, Adana, Malatya and Izmir. The actions have chosen as their slogan: "YSK, get your hand off my representative Hatip Dicle". The actions have been called to protest against the Supreme Election Board's (YSK) decision to strip off Labour, Democracy and Freedom Block's Diyarbakir Independent MP Hatip Dicle of his candidacy.
* Labour Party (EMEP), participated the elections with independent candidates under the flag of Labour, Democracy and Freedom Block. The political party of the Kurdish movement in Turkey (BDP) and EMEP were the main powers of this block. Also there were 16 parties and organisations in this Block. Block won 36 MP. Ex-president of EMEP, Abdullah Levent Tuzel elected as an MP from Istanbul as one of these MP’s.
Friday, June 17, 2011
General elections on 12th June, created a picture, full of big problems. This picture shows that, coming days will not be easy for the ruling party, AKP, and other system parties.
The real factor, which increased the votes of AKP was not the support of the people to the AKP policies but dissolving at the rightist parties and taking their votes to the AKP. AKP became the center for the conservative-right. Contrary, AKP suffered a big defeat at the Kurdish region.
CHP (social democratic party), did not inspire confidence to the people as an alternative; “new CHP” and “K?l?cdaroglu wind” had finished before it started. CHP took 26 percent of the votes and gained 135 seats but immediately became a party with internal problems.
By taking almost 50 percent of the votes and gaining 326 seats; AKP seems to be successful at fooling the people but it’s difficult to say that upcoming days will be good for our people. Also, we do not need to be a fortuneteller to say that hard days waiting AKP.
This is because, Turkey became such a country with many problems on economy, foreign policy, Kurdish question, pressure and discrimination over the minorities, women issue, environmental problems, education and health system, unemployment and so on. Current deficit, internal and external debts, increasing at taxes, prices and inflation show that AKP government will steal one piece of people’s bread everyday.
Also, AKP government, which played a democracy game by patching the Coup Constitution with a referendum, could not put rising Kurdish movement and labourers’ struggle off with vague promises.
We, Labour Party, had an approach to consider taking democratic steps for workers and labourers, Kurds, Turks and all peoples in Turkey. Since the beginning, we have been insisted on uniting all powers struggling for labour, peace, democracy and freedom to form an alternative against AKP and other system parties. As a result of this work, we participated the elections with independent candidates under the flag of Labour, Democracy and Freedom Block. The political party of the Kurdish movement in Turkey (BDP) and we (Labour Party) were the main powers of this block. Also there were 16 parties and organisations in this Block.
Ex-president of the Labour Party, Abdullah Levent Tuzel was the independent candidate of the Block from Istanbul, the biggest city of Turkey. There were almost 60 independent candidates especially at the Kurdish region of Turkey and some western cities like Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara (the capital), Mersin and Adana, etc.
And more than 40 cities, we participated elections as the Labour Party (EMEP). And at these cities, members of the block supported EMEP as the party of the Block.
Finally, despite all anti-democratic election laws, 10 percent threshold, arrestings, shootings (2 Kurdish child and a retired teacher killed by police during election campaign period) the real winner of the elections is Labour, Democracy and Freedom Block. Our ex-president Abdullah Levent Tuzel elected as MP from Istanbul with 143 thousand votes. Totally, with 36 MP, this Block showed that it is a public movement. Also, with 11 women MP, Block showed a different approach from other parties. With candidates from all nationalities (Turkish, Kurdish, Syriac) and all sects, this Block became the real opposition force of the struggle for the democratic constitution and Democratic Turkey.
All labour, democracy and progressive forces in Turkey should analyse the results of this election carefully and unite their power in this Block.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
“A solution outside the euro and return to the drachma in the present circumstances would be catastrophic” (A. Papariga, “Rizospastis” 31/5/2011, p.6)
A year and half ago when Papariga was asked by a reporter whether the withdrawal of Greece from the EU is in the moment “a solution”, she gave unequivocal answer with the revelatory “by itself is not a solution” ("Rizospastis" 5/3/2010, p.10), which was commented approvingly by the bourgeoisie media. Papariga trying to justify the stay of the country in the EU revealed that she chooses imperialist bosses, claiming that if Greece goes “outside the European Union," then "we can go to agreement with the United States and go into another zone” ("Rizospastis" 5/3/2010, p. 10), but of course failed to revive her party's bourgeoisie twaddle about "people's power".
Later in another interview she reiterated: "Now, Euro exit and return to drachma is not essential, moreover, is something the EU can do by itself, it suits EU" ("Rizospastis" 27/10/2010, p. 10) to turn recently in an open mouthpiece, spokesman of the local bourgeoisie, taking-on repeating the "disaster" position (30/5/2011 interview on journalist K.Papadakis): “A solution outside the euro and return to the drachma in the present circumstances would be catastrophic” ("Rizospastis" 31/5/2011, p. 6) - a statement that aired headlines in the capitalist press - and also in herald of the country's dependence from 'imperialist EU, along with SYN / SYRIZA and the other bourgeois parties.
Commenting on Papariga's statement, Stavros Mavroudeas Associate Professor of Political Economy at the University of Macedonia, (and former associate of "Rizospastis") correctly notes: “This statement has manifold problems. It was given in a situation that now even the polls show that the rejection of the euro and the EU tends to be a majority current in public opinion, and particularly to the lower classes. Especially when it is known how much damage did pro-Euro illusions which systematically cultivated the popular masses by the system for decades. The statement of A. Papariga acts as a brake on these positive developments.”
Abandoning the anti-imperialist slogan " Greece out from the EU right now!", the social democratic leadership of "K" KE has not only fully aligned with the big capital's strategic choice to keep our country in the EU, but it has also resigned from the struggle against the imperialist EU. Finally, it went as as far as to raise in public the reactionary flag of the local big capital, the flag of "scaremongering", crying that "A solution outside the euro and return to the drachma in the present circumstances would be catastrophic".
Anasintaxi, issue 346 (15-31/5/2011)
Gorbachev-Papariga: The “brave kids” of Nikita Khrushchev (Moscow, June 1991)
No to the triple occupation by IMF-Commission-ECB
Unilateral entire debt suspension of payments
Greece out of Euro-EMU-European Union
The Movement for the Reorganization of the Communist Party of Greece (1918-55) particated in the June 15 general strike. Comrades circulated leaflets and newspapers in all the main cities of Greece.
See also our article in the latest issue of Unity and Struggle: Unilateral entire debt suspension of payments – Greece out of Euro-EMU-European Union [EXTENDED VERSION]
THE OVERWHELMING VICTORY IN THE REFERENDUM INFLICT A SERIOUS BLOW TO THE NEOLIBERAL POLICY AND DELEGITIMIZE THE BERLUSCONI GOVERNMENT. INTENSIFY THE STRUGGLE TO OVERTHROW IT!
DELETED NUCLEAR PLAN, WATER PRIVATIZATION, IMPUNTY OF THE RULERS
With the four referendum held on June 12th and 13th, Italian people stopped the plan to build nuclear power plants, decided by Berlusconi government, prevented the privatization of water and the guarantee of profits for water service, and also deleted the Law of "legal impediment" that saved the President of the Council of Ministers and Ministers from criminal trials.
Despite the boycott of the government - Berlusconi and Bossi called for abstention - and the disinformation orchestrated by the mass-media, the "quorum" has been largely achieved.
Approximately 57% of voters went to vote. A remarkable achievement, considering the obstacles since the collection of signatures.
Fundamental for the success was the high participation of central and northern industrial cities, confirming the role of the working class. However, the quorum was reached in all regions, indicating that social protest is growing everywhere.
The four referendum passed with percentages around 95%. It 'a victory that has a clear political meaning: a rejection of the monopolies diktat and of their political representatives, a rejection of the reactionary and neoliberal policy dominating for decades, a rejection of the privileges and impunity for a gang of criminals at the top of society. From the popular vote emerged the mistrust and aversion toward the capitalist market, to the logic of profit. The result opens the path for other battles: the defense and the development of social services, against nuclear weapons, against the privileges of the oligarchy, etc. And help the struggle of other peoples of Europe and the world.
The vote shows that the period of reflux and apathy is behind us, that the long wave of struggles at national and international level produces its beneficial effects. At the same time, is self-evident that the bourgeoisie leadership is more detached, distant and hostile to the needs and expectations of the people.
The excellent results of the referendum sounds for Berlusconi as a death bell. The air is changed, the majority of Italians want him no more, but the government survives, thanks to anti-democratic
electoral laws and parliamentary transformism of twenty deputies.
The referendum exacerbated the weakness of the government, which came out completely delegitimized by the vote. It exacerbates the contradictions in the parliamentary majority and of the entire bourgeois. Therefore, not only in the special relationship Berlusconi-Bossi, but also among the left bourgeois parties that, after having done anything for months, now present themselves as the winners. But we don’t forget that these “gentlemen” were the champions of privatization when they
were to central or local government.
The referendum victory in the result of an massive work carried out by thousands of associations, committees, union representatives, political and social organizations. It was a campaign characterized by an activism from below, capillary: workers, youth, women of the people, using several communication means in the workplace, in neighborhoods, in the blocks. In this way we knocked down the wall of silence and misinformation. Victory arrived because we were united and
worked hard on some targets. And when there is unity and struggle, there is no force that can prevent the triumph of popular will.
The victory in the referendum can be defended and enhanced by uniting all the forces available in a broad popular front against the capitalist attack, the political reaction, the denial of rights, the
threats of war, the devastation of the environment. A united front of struggle that is based on the unit of action of all workers and popular organizations, youth associations, etc., based on an anticapitalist program, to realize a definitive break with the neoliberal and social-liberal policies, to transform society radically.
Nowadays is crucial that the Berlusconi’s government, that has no more popular legitimacy, fall in the streets and in the factories. We must intensify the struggle, without any illusions about its resignation, but building a powerful mass movement that will sweep it away.
During the referendum campaign, communists have tied the struggle for a new society with immediate objectives. The action to take away layers of proletarian from the ideological and political influence of the bourgeoisie and the petty bourgeoisie, was relevant.
In the situation we are living, the popular masses feel the consequences of capitalism crisis on a range of issues vital to human existence (this is of great importance), but they still do not
understand the need to target the cause of those effects, the capitalist system of production.
It's up to the communists to raise mass consciousness, especially of the youth, to help them along the road that will lead to the revolutionary situation, to conquest of a new society based on common ownership of water, land, means of production and exchange. A planned society based on the satisfaction of material and cultural needs of the working masses, in harmony with the laws of nature, in which there will be no more privileges and immunities for anyone.
Therefore, we must organize better, we must rebuild the Communist party, based on Marxism-Leninism, to direct the struggle of the exploited and oppressed masses.
15.6.2011 Communist Platform of Italy
Monday, June 13, 2011
Referendum: Italian people have rejected nuclear power plants, water privatization and impunity for bourgeois politicians.
With the referendum of 12 and 13 June, the Italian people have definitely stopped the plan to build nuclear power plants wanted by Berlusconi government, have prevented the privatization of water transport and cancelled the Act of "lawful impediment" designed to save the prime minister and other ministers in criminal trials.
Despite the boycott of the government - Berlusconi called for abstention - and the lack of attention of mass media, the "quorum" has been largely achieved: more than 57% voted.
There was an high participation in the industrial cities of north-center, confirming the role of the working class.
The voting results are extraordinary: all referendum passed with a percentage of 94-95%.
It's a clear victory that has a political meaning: a mass rejection of the diktat of the capitalist monopolies and their political representatives, a rejection of neoliberalism that dominated for decades, of the privileges and impunity of a gang of criminals.
The referendum shows that worker and people movement is awakening, that no more want our future, our health, be in the hands of the oligarchy.
The result reverses a trend that lasted for decades and opens the path for other important battles.
It's the third blow suffered in a month for Mr. Berlusconi, after administrative elections. The wind has changed, but the government survives thanks to twenty corrupt deputies.
Now is likely to widen the cracks in the parliamentary majority, and in the same parties that compose it; at the same time the result determines more favorable conditions to develop the resistance of the workers, to give the decisive blow to the reactionary government in the streets and in the factories, with the mobilization and mass struggle.
Communist Platform of Italy
Saturday, June 11, 2011
- With the gun called “5th loan installment” pointing at the head, total sellout and looting of the country’s wealth
- The spontaneous mass rallies in Spain-Portugal-Greece: a pleasant surprise in the struggle of the European proletariat that can become a nightmare of the EU capitalists if they grow
- Social-democrat Papariga: Prima Ballerina of the Greek capital and the EU monopolies
- 2011 student elections: The necessity for the reorganization of the student movement
- Nikos Zachariadis’ daughter Olga Durishova Zachariadis speaks about her father
- End the capture of the political prisoner Aris Sirinidis right now!
- CP Spain (Marxist-Leninist): Let’s move forward the revolt for democratization and Democracy! (excerpts)
- ICMLPO: Long live the combative youth!
Thursday, June 09, 2011
Let us prepare for the sharpening of the class struggle
In the capitalist world still in deep crisis, the wind of popular revolts and of revolution is coming from the Maghreb and countries of the Middle East. The people of these countries have risen up, one after the other, against regimes of tyranny, often sold out to imperialism. They are struggling for democracy; they want to live in dignity, to work, study and contribute to the development of their country and to get rid of the corrupt regimes that have enriched themselves at their expense by selling the country and its wealth to the imperialist powers.
The revolution began in Tunisia. The resistance of the working class, of the youths, peasants, democrats and popular sectors was organized in spite of the ferocious repression of Ben Ali’s regime, supported until the last minute by its imperialist godfathers.
In this fight, the Communist Party of the Workers of Tunisia (PCOT) has played an essential leading role. Together with other forces, it is struggling today in order for this revolutionary process to continue to its end. It is the Tunisian revolution that expelled Ben Ali. It encouraged other people of the Maghreb and the Middle East to rise up. From Egypt to Yemen, from Morocco to Syria, movements have developed, provoking a large movement of sympathy among the workers, youth and peoples all over the world.
The imperialist powers that consider this region as their private hunting ground have been taken by surprise. They pretend to support these popular movements, in order to try to make use of them for their own interests. In Libya they have found forces ready to collaborate with them, and Sarkozy, Cameron and Obama launched a war that is plunging this country into chaos. For the first time in its history, NATO is intervening militarily in this region, to show the will of the imperialist powers to halt the popular movements and to establish their total control of all of Libya’s resources, especially oil, gas and water. They are also interested in Libya’s geostrategic position on the African continent and in the Mediterranean region.
As the G-8 summit has shown, the big imperialist powers are speaking of “helping” these people, but they are trying to enchain them with debts. Today the debt mechanism is an essential instrument of the neocolonial policy of imperialism. We denounce this policy of enslavement and say that on the contrary, these people do not need new debts.
It is not over yet, but with these movements, the class struggle has taken a new dimension, a new scale internationally. These people are standing up and are giving a new breath to the revolution, to the fight for national and social emancipation. They have shown that it is the people who make history and that a people united can overturn the imperialist order, can overthrow dictatorships.
The idea of the revolution is again on the agenda
The working class, the toiling people, the youth and the peoples of the world are in solidarity with this fight that inspires and stimulates them to reinforce their struggle against the capitalist imperialist system that makes them pay for its crisis. Far from being over, much less overcome, a new crisis is threatening to explode: the state debt crisis, especially in the EU. The financial oligarchy, the monopolies have put the States into debt in order to save the financial system, the banks and big monopolies. For this, billions in public money, taken from the social budgets, have been used. At the same time, wages have been lowered, and misery and precariousness have struck ever larger sectors of the masses.
The financial markets are speculating on the bankruptcy of States; they are demanding more austerity, new privatizations and new cutbacks in social rights. In order to save Euro, the leaders of big powers in the EU, the IMF and the ECB [European Central Bank] want to impose a mega-austerity plan; the so-called “stabilization plan”, which, in reality, will push even more workers of the cities and the countryside, the youths and working women into misery and insecurity, and will increase the super-exploitation in the companies. To impose such a policy of social regression, the governments of the right, social democrats and social liberals are reinforcing the reactionary laws in order to criminalize the developing social struggle. They do not hesitate to copy the racist themes of the extreme right parties which are developing a populist propaganda. We denounce the reinforcement of “fortress” Europe and say: “it is not the immigrants who should be expelled, but Sarkozy, Berlusconi and company!”
The working class, popular masses and peoples are resisting, refusing to pay for the crisis of the capitalist system.
In several countries, the youths, who are the first victim of mass unemployment and precariousness, are taking to the streets and occupying public places in cities, shouting their anger at a society that has no future to offer them. In all the countries, from Greece to the United Kingdom, from Portugal to Italy, from Ireland to Spain, the working class and popular masses are demonstrating; resisting, expressing their refusal to pay for the crisis of the system.
We are working to develop this resistance, to develop the international solidarity and to merge these fronts of struggle into a general challenge to the capitalist system, which is responsible for the crisis, wars and accidents, as the one at the Fukushima nuclear plant. It is the race for maximum profit that is sacrificing the security of the workers and peoples. We support the struggles of the workers and peoples of Europe who refuse to pay for the debts of the capitalist and we say that it is the rich, the speculators and big shareholders who must pay for them.
We support the struggles against privatization and liquidation of public services, in health, education, social protection…
We support the strikes and struggles of the workers for higher wages, the mobilizations against layoffs, against lowering of wages and worsening of social conditions.
We appeal to reinforce in each country and internationally the combat against the “pact of stabilization”.
We denounce and combat racism and struggle for equality of rights, between all the workers, which permits to struggle together against our common enemies.
We denounce imperialism’s war policy and call for solidarity with the struggles of the peoples in the Maghreb and the Middle East.
We call for a large movement of solidarity with the revolutionary process in Tunisia and for support to our fraternal party, the PCOT.
We are working to unite the forces that oppose the policy of the bourgeoisie and reaction, the policy of imperialist war, for building fronts in the struggles, among the rank-and-file, in action.
The class struggle has accelerated in a few months
We appeal to the working class, the youths, the toilers of the city and countryside, the women of the popular sectors, to intensify their struggles to defend their social and political rights and gains.
We call on the political and social organizations that want to break with this system, for social change, to prepare themselves for the new developments in the class struggle, for the battles and confrontations at a higher level.
Copenhagen, May 2011
We, the parties and organizations of Europe that are members of the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations (ICMLPO), affirm that the popular uprisings in North Africa and the Near East have been caused by the terrible material conditions of life of the popular masses and the imposition of despotic regimes in those countries.
These conditions have objectively gotten worse as a result of the worldwide crisis of capitalism.
There are deep problems related to the question of democracy, and above all to the social question, the exploitation, poverty and inequality, created by the imperialist policy of looting and oppression of the peoples of the dependent countries.
These democratic and revolutionary processes are continuing, fighting to overthrow the despotic regimes and reactionary forces, to completely eliminate the privileges of the oligarchies, to win political liberties, to break the dependence on imperialism and to open the perspective of a new society.
These events demonstrate the revolutionary abilities of the peoples of the dependent countries, of the oppressed young people, who are the real protagonists of the process in motion.
These are very important for the proletariat, because they weaken the positions of capitalism; they can transform the dependent countries from reserves of imperialism into reserves of the proletarian revolution.
These movements in general have a progressive nature and offer precious lessons for the international proletariat, because they educate the exploited through struggle, and they instill confidence in their own one force and again put the idea of the revolution on the agenda.
We resolutely support the revolutionary and liberation movements of the oppressed peoples, which strengthen the international front of struggle against imperialism. In particular we must support the democratic revolution of the Tunisian people against the dictatorship of Ben Ali, a revolution in which the Communist Party of the Workers of Tunisia (PCOT) is playing an important role, acting with decisiveness and clarity of ideas in this revolutionary process.
Imperialism is trying to crush or control these revolutionary processes by various means, among others economic suffocation. Therefore we propose to carry out a broad campaign of international solidarity to demand the cancellation of Tunisia’s foreign debt. This debt is an important weapon in the hands of imperialism to strangle the peoples and maintain the countries in conditions of dependency.
From the beginning of the popular revolts, imperialism, particularly U.S. imperialism and the European powers such as France, Great Britain, Italy, Norway, Spain, etc., have intervened in the region, directly or indirectly, to regain control and take advantage of the situation.
The war that the imperialist powers are carrying out in Libya through their military arm, NATO, is a reactionary, imperialist war of looting of the dependent countries, of social and national oppression, to suffocate the revolutionary movements.
Its objectives are: to install a puppet government in Libya that will allow them to obtain advantageous prices of petroleum, gas and water; the appropriation of Libya’s financial wealth; to take control of a strategic area, preventing and drowning the popular revolutions; and to expel other rival capitalist powers from the region.
This is the first time that NATO has intervened in this region, and this is part of its new strategy to control the region and the continent. We must unmask and reject NATO’s criminal policy of war and terror, in which the EU is also taking part.
We demand the immediate end of the war, the withdrawal of the imperialist armed forces from Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq; we demand withdrawal from NATO and the EU, the closing of U.S. military bases, the use of public money for social service and assistance and not for war. We will pursue a policy of peace and solidarity with the peoples in struggle.
We support the development of the popular movement and defend the sovereignty and national independence of every country. We denounce the interference and threats of new imperialist interventions especially in Syria.
We reaffirm our solidarity with the Palestinian people and the population of Gaza who are suffering from a cruel blockade, organized by the racist State of Israel, and we demand its immediate end. We support the fight of the Palestinian people for effective recognition of their full national rights. We condemn the criminal Zionist policy and at the same time we denounce the complicity of the EU with Israel on the political, economic and military level.
We demand the end of the racist and xenophobic policy against immigrants, a policy that extends across Europe; we denounce the militarization of the Mediterranean by the imperialist powers that at the same time speak hypocritically about human rights.
We denounce the parallel that the reactionary forces are making between Islam and terrorism.
We say No to the maneuvers of the European Commission in its relations with the African countries, to the policy of free markets, to privatization and the destruction of public services!
Long live the struggle and international solidarity of the peoples!
Copenhagen, May 2011
European regional meeting of the ICMLPO
The Fukushima meltdown disaster proves once again that our environment and the safety of the workers and people may be sacrificed because of the greed for maximum profit that reigns under the capitalist mode of production.
The nuclear lobby has consistently told lies, claiming that nuclear power is “entirely safe”. Fukushima, Chernobyl and Harrisburg prove the opposite. This proof is emphasized by the fact that the financial insurance monopolies themselves refuse to insure nuclear plants.
Even if the plants were “safe”, this still would not solve the problem of toxic radioactive waste. This waste is poisoning oceans and rivers every day. Uranium and plutonium lie unprotected in contaminated areas, and inside the nuclear plants themselves.
Nuclear power is expensive and a limited source of energy.
The safety of the workers in the nuclear power plants and of the people in the nearby areas is ignored. They are forced to work in contaminated areas, and are the first to suffer when accidents occur.
Because of the first strike strategy of the NATO alliance, Europe is also being polluted by hundreds of missiles with nuclear warheads belonging to different atomic powers, mainly the USA. These are a potential disaster for all, friend or “foe”. The peoples should demand that such weapons be banned from their territory, as some countries already have done.
The civil use of atomic energy originated as a by-product of military production. Even today, the civilian and military sectors are intertwined. The military and police are always involved in safeguarding the nuclear energy plants, making them into semi-militarized zones. In this way, faults and accidents can also be kept secret from the public, totally undermining democracy.
Our immediate demands are therefore:
Immediate start of renewable and sustainable energy production.
Immediate closure of all old nuclear plants.
No to new nuclear plants.
Existing plants must shut down as soon as possible
These demands are entirely just and reasonable. The peoples do not want to be dependent on nuclear power. The people of Italy have demanded a referendum to reject construction of new nuclear plants in their country; in Sardinia 97 precent of the voters said no to nuclear power in a recent consultative referendum.
We demand that the monopolies responsible for the pollution and contaminated waste resulting from the nuclear industry be compelled to pay all costs of the devastation and of dismantling of old power plants.
We still do not know the long-term consequences of the disaster in Fukushima. When a catastrophe of such a dimension occurs in a highly advanced country like Japan, similar disasters may occur anywhere. Capitalism and imperialism are incompatible with safeguarding our environment; this system is incompatible with a sustainable future.
Copenhagen, May 2011
The youth in Spain are continuing their action in Madrid, Barcelona and dozens of other cities in that country. In Spain, where more than 40% of young people are unemployed, the youth are in the streets for their essential and vital demands. The youth are calling for jobs, a sufficient income, housing, the right to training and education for all, etc.
The youth have united around the slogan "Real Democracy Now!" which expresses their dissatisfaction with the destruction caused by the capitalist system of exploitation and are launching a cry of revolt against it.
The capitalist system is experiencing one of its deepest crises in a century. As always, the bill is presented to the workers, who are in no way responsible for the outbreak of this crisis, while the monopolies and the banks are filling their pockets and coffers. The weight of the crisis is being placed not only on the backs of the oppressed peoples and nations of the world, but also on the backs of the workers and peoples of the advanced capitalist countries. The youth are particularly subjected to these attacks and, as such, they have taken their place at the forefront of this struggle.
By their dynamism, the youth are in the front ranks of the fight, to defend their own demands and contribute their strength, energy and enthusiasm to the previous generations.
The youth of Spain and of all Europe, ready to follow that example, wish to have the best conditions of work and life; they do not want to be condemned to more precarious conditions than those of their parents.
We, as Marxist-Leninist parties of Europe, members of the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations (ICMLPO), highly value and warmly salute the fight of the youth of Spain. We think that the demands of this movement. in which the communist youth are playing an active role, are very reasonable, achievable and necessary.
We call on the youth of all Europe, and particularly those of Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Great Britain, who have been the object of virulent attacks by capital, to be inspired by the example of the youth of Spain, by their rebellion against exploitation, against reaction, against social injustice, and bring this movement forward.
Since the youth are condemned to live "without work, without a roof, without a future," they will prove, through their mobilization, that they are able to live "without fear!"
Long live the combative youth!
The youth are the future, the future is socialism!
Copenhagen May 2011
Regional European meeting of the International Conference of Marxist Leninist Parties and Organizations (CIPOML)
Workers’ Communist Party of Denmark - APK
Communist Marxist Leninist Party of Spain – PCE (ml)
Workers’ Communist Party of France – PCOF
Organization for the reconstruction of the Communist Party of Greece (1918-1955)
Communist Platform of Italy
Marxist Leninist Organization Revolution of Norway - Revolusjon !
Revolutionary Communist Party of Turkey- TDKP
Organization for the construction of a Workers’ Communist Party of Germany – Arbeit Zukunft.
The Kurdish question, where no one demands a choice except a democratic, peaceful solution, must definitely be solved within this period. It is now not a promise but a task to review the past by consulting our consciences and to stop the blood still poured because of the Kurdish problem.
When people are so disposed and hopeful about peace, we will not let the war begin again for AKP's (ruling party) votes and interests. We will take initiative for a lasting peace and we will display the two faces of the AKP, which on one hand feeds from conflicts and on the other hand declares everyone except itself as warmongering.
None of us has any endurance left for a war to last 30 years more, for a single life to be lost, for the wealth to be lost. The power in particular, all circles must set their political and economical rents aside and display a will of solution with an intimate approach for the constitution of a lasting peace that the Turkish society has longed for many years; the demands and expectations of the Kurdish people must be taken into account and the three-year old talks in Imralı must urgently be turned into a negotiation process. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), just like all the powers that insist on the impossibility of a solution and subject the Turkish society to war, conflict, pain and tear for economic rents rather than people’s living together in peace and brotherhood, will be forced by us to pay the price before history. We will introduce the solution with our own power and determination and without hoping for help from the power for the solution.
Central, regional and local mechanisms will be created to provide the supervision and participation of producers, consumers and employees outside of the government in the economy management through professional groups and civil society organisations;
For the development of industrialisation, agriculture, animal husbandry, science and technology on the basis of political and economic democracy in accordance with the society’s general interests, the targets will be the participation of the society in the economic life through cooperatives and modern democratic aggregate enterprises where employees also take part in return for their labour;
Development projects will be created with the participation of Local and Regional Authorities and Civil Society Organizations, Regional Development Centers will be established to eliminate regional disparities with certain intense investments, a Central Development Fund will be established to be transferred to the depressed areas.
EQUAL AND FREE SOCIAL SECURITY FOR ALL
Street children and orphans have substance dependence and live under poor conditions likely for all kinds of abuses. Our alliance will establish centers for these children where they will be provided with accommodation, education, guidance and health care,
People with old-age and disease cases requiring special care will be included in the social insurance,
An effective fight will be given against illegal employment; disincentives will be applied for the inclusion of all employees within social security.
We will all together issue the new constitution which doesn’t impose any ideology and describe the nation and citizenship on an ethnical basis, restricts the powers of the state, predicated on individual-collective rights, sides with labour, a gender libertarian constitute that shows the same respect to the nature and the human being and protects all separate cultures, beliefs, values of Turkey.
A radical reform must be made in the political and administrative structure for the actualisation of the Democratic Autonomy, which will be the assurance of democratic union and the model of direct and participatory democracy, not of division and deterioration as asserted. Besides the official language Turkish, regions will use other second and third languages (like Kurdish) according to their specific needs.
OUR PRESIDENT IS AN INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE
Monday, June 06, 2011
Greece's two main unions GSEE (the General Confederation of Greek Workers) - ADEDY (the Civil Servants' Confederation)announced a new general strike on June 15.
The Movement for the Reorganisation of the KKE 1918-55 supports the strike and has released posters, flyers, etc. to support the struggle.
The last general strike was on May 11 this year.
See also: Mobilisations of GSEE-ADEDY on June 4