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45th Anniversary of Peoples War in the Philippines

25. März 2014

Dear comrades,

We have pleasure in celebrating in Austria, EU with you the 45th anniversary of your initiating Peoples War in the Philippines and are sending you our best wishes for our common struggle for the overthrow of imperialism and the further goal of socialism under the dictatorship of the world proletariat.

When your Party, the CPP re-founded in struggle against modern revisionism and liquidationism, decided to start armed actions as the beginning of protracted peoples war nobody of us thought that it would be such a long way to march on and on. In all these decades the CPP, NPA, NDFP and your struggle against imperialists of all sorts and for new democratic revolution in your country was a lighthouse and incentive for many revolutionaries all over the world to keep on fighting.

As you know well the revolutionary communist movement is currently in a poor state – especially in the imperialist countries including Austria. The objective conditions are getting riper and riper for a socialist revolution in many or most of the capitalist countries but the subjective factor is lagging far behind. We know that we cannot change our current situation of class struggle in our country by voluntarism, and the construction of a new revolutionary communist party in Austria depends partly on factors beyond our control. But we are also aware of the fact that it is the task of revolutionary communists to change the subjective factor gradually in relying on the working class and the masses. In recent years the contradictions between bourgeoisie and proletariat in our country have aggravated but the revolutionary forces split and could not really influence and give orientation to the few mass movements most of which are controlled by petty-bourgeois and bourgeois forces.

We try to learn from your struggle in the Philippines especially from the methods and tackling. Unfortunately the big differences in the situation between a semi-feudal and semi-colonial country as yours and an imperialist one as ours leads to a lot of misunderstandings and errors in developing a correct political line. For us in Austria, as in other imperialist countries, it is neither possible nor sensible to link the party-building process closely with armed struggle or orientate the progressive and revolutionary forces of our country on a protracted peoples war. We don’t think that nowadays modern fascism is the main enemy in our country (or in the European Union) and we principally orientate our struggle towards the overthrow of the capitalist system of oppression and exploitation. In this context we always stress the fact that Austria is an imperialist country with a monopoly bourgeoisie exploiting and plundering the workers, peoples and resources of semi-colonial countries (as well as their migrants in Austria – there is also a big Philippine community here which we are in contact with).

Especially but not only in relation with international solidarity work we regularly propagate the liberation struggle in the Philippines and the “Proletarian Revolution” magazine affiliated with our movement always publishes articles about your advances of NPA and NDFP under the leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

 

We want to close with a red salute to all comrades of the NPA including especially those martyred in the 45 years of struggle.

 

Advance peoples war and new democratic revolution in the Philippines!

Down with imperialism of all kinds!

Long live international solidarity and world-wide fraternity of revolutionary communists!

 

Initiative for the Construction of a Revolutionary Communist Party (Austria)

IA*RKP (iarkp.wordpress.com; ia.rkp2017@yahoo.com)

25 March 2014

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Condemn the brutal murder of Comrade Mallojula Koteswara

12. Dezember 2011

Communist Party of India (Maoist)
Central Committee:

Condemn the brutal murder of Comrade Mallojula Koteswara

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Rao, the beloved leader of the oppressed masses, the leader of
Indian revolution and CPI (Maoist) Politburo member!
Observe protest week from November 29 to December 5 and 48-
hour “Bharat Bandh” on December 4-5!!
November 24, 2011 would remain a black day in the annals of Indian revolutionary movement history. The fascist
Sonia-Manmohan-Pranab-Chidambaram-Jairam Ramesh ruling clique who have been raising a din that CPI (Maoist)
is “the biggest internal security threat”, in collusion with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, killed Comrade
Mallojula Koteswara Rao after capturing him alive in a well planned conspiracy. This clique which had killed
Comrade Azad, our party’s spokesperson on July 1, 2010 once again spread its dragnet and quenched its thirst for
blood. Mamata Banerjee, who had shed crocodile tears over the murder of Comrade Azad before coming to power,
while enacting the drama of talks on the one hand after assuming office, killed another topmost leader Comrade
Koteswara Rao and thus displayed nakedly its anti-people and fascist facet. The central intelligence agencies and the
killer intelligence agencies of West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh chased him in a well planned conspiracy and killed
him in a cowardly manner in a joint operation and now spreading a concocted story of encounter. The central home
secretary R.K. Singh even while lying that they do not know for certain who died in the encounter, has in the same
breath announced that this is a big blow to the Maoist movement. Thus he nakedly gave away their conspiracy behind
this killing. The oppressed people would definitely send to grave the exploiting ruling classes and their imperialist
masters who are day dreaming that they could wipe out the Maoist party by killing the top leadership of the revolutionary
movement.
Comrade Koteswara Rao, who is hugely popular as Prahlad, Ramji, Kishenji and Bimal inside the party and among
the people, is one of the important leaders of the Indian revolutionary movement. The tireless warrior who never
rested his gun while fighting for the liberation of the oppressed masses since the past 37 years and who has laid down
his life for the sake of the ideology he believed in, was born in 1954 in Peddapally town of Karimnagar district of
North Telangana, Andhra Pradesh. Raised by his father Late Venkataiah who was a freedom fighter and his mother
Madhuramma, who has been of progressive views, Koteswara Rao imbibed love for his country and its oppressed
masses since childhood. In 1969, he had participated in the historic separate Telangana movement while he was in his
high school studies in Peddapally town. He joined the revolutionary movement with the inspiration of the glorious
Naxalbari and Srikakulam movements while studying graduation in SRR college of Karimnagar. He started working
as an active member of the Party from 1974. He spent some time in jail during the black period of the Emergency.
After lifting up of the Emergency, he started working as a party organizer in his home district of Karimnagar. He
responded to the “Go to Villages” campaign call of the party and developed relations with the peasantry by going to
the villages. He was one of those who played a prominent role in the upsurge of peasant movement popular as
“Jagityal Jaitrayatra” (Victory March of Jagityal) in 1978. In this course, he was elected as the district committee
member of the Adilabad-Karimnagar joint committee of the CPI (ML). In 1979 when this committee was divided into
two district committees he became the secretary of the Karimnagar district committee. He participated in the Andhra
Pradesh state 12th party conference, was elected to the AP state committee and took responsibilities as its secretary.
Up to 1985, as part of the AP state committee leadership he played a crucial role in spreading the movement all over
the state and in developing the North Telangana movement which was advancing with guerilla zone perspective. He
played a prominent role in expanding the movement to Dandakaranya (DK) and developing it. He was transferred to
Dandakaranya in 1986 and took up responsibilities as a member of the Forest Committee. He led the guerilla squads
and the people in Gadchiroli and Bastar areas of DK. In 1993 he was co-opted as a member into the Central Organizing
Committee (COC).
From 1994 onwards he mainly worked to spread and develop the revolutionary movement in Eastern and Northern
parts of India including West Bengal. Particularly his role in uniting the revolutionary forces which were scattered
after the setback of the Naxalbari movement in West Bengal and in reviving the revolutionary movement there is
extraordinary. He mingled deeply with the oppressed masses of Bengal and the various sections of the revolutionary
camp, learnt Bangla language with determination and left an indelible mark in the hearts of the people there. He
worked tirelessly in achieving unity with several revolutionary groups and in strengthening the party. Comrade Koteswara
Rao was elected as a Central Committee (CC) member in the All India Special Conference of erstwhile CPI
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(ML) (People’s War) held in 1995. He strived for achieving unity between People’s War and Party Unity in 1998. In
the Party Congress of erstwhile CPI (ML)(PW) held in 2001 he was once again elected into CC and Politburo. He took
up responsibilities as the secretary of the North Regional Bureau (NRB) and led the revolutionary movements in
Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab states. Simultaneously he played a key role in the unity
talks held between erstwhile PW and MCCI. He served as a member of the unified CC and Politburo formed after the
merger of the two parties in 2004 and worked as a member of the Eastern Regional Bureau (ERB). He mainly concentrated
on the state movement of West Bengal and continued as the spokesperson of the ERB.
Comrade Koteswara Rao played a prominent role in running party magazines and in the field of political education
inside the party. He took part in running Kranti, Errajenda, Jung, Prabhat, Vanguard and other party magazines. He
had a special role to play in bringing out various revolutionary magazines in West Bengal. He wrote many theoretical
and political articles in these magazines. He was a member of the Sub-Committee on Political Education (SCOPE)
and played a prominent role in teaching Marxism-Leninism-Maoism to the party ranks. In the entire history of the
party he played a memorable role in expanding the revolutionary movement, in enriching the party documents and in
developing the movement. He participated in the Unity Congress-9th Congress of the party held in 2007 January, was
elected as CC member once again and took responsibilities of Politburo member and member of the ERB.
The political guidance given by Comrade Koteswara Rao to the Singur and Nandigram people’s movements which
erupted since 2007 against the anti-people and pro-corporate policies of the social fascist CPM government in West
Bengal and particularly to the glorious upsurge of people’s rebellion in Lalgarh against police atrocities is prominent.
He guided the West Bengal state committee and the party ranks to lead these movements and on the other hand
conducted party propaganda through the media too with initiative. In 2009 when the Chidambaram clique tried to
mislead the middle classes in the name of talks and ceasefire, he worked significantly in exposing it. He did enormous
work in keeping aloft the importance of People’s War and in taking the revolutionary politics into the vast masses.
This great revolutionary journey which went on for almost four decades came to an abrupt end on November 24, 2011.
Beloved People! Democrats!!
Do condemn this brutal murder. It is the conspiracy of the ruling classes to wipe out the revolutionary leadership
and deprive the people of correct guidance and proletarian leadership. It is a known fact that the Maoist movement is
the biggest hurdle to the big robbers and compradors who are stashing millions in Swiss banks by selling for peanuts
the Jal, Jungle and Zameen of the country to the imperialist sharks. The multi-pronged, country-wide brutal offensive
named Operation Green Hunt of the past two years is exactly serving this purpose. This cold-blooded murder is part
of that. It is the duty of the patriots and freedom-loving people of the country to protect the revolutionary movement
and its leadership like the pupil of their eye. It’s nothing but protecting the future of the country and that of the next
generations.
Even at the age of 57, Com. Koteswara Rao led the hard life of a guerilla like a young man and had filled the cadres
and people with great enthusiasm wherever he went. His life would particularly serve as a great inspiration to the
younger generation. He studied and worked for hours together without rest and traveled great distances. He slept very
little, led a simple life and was a hard worker. He used to mingle easily with people of all ages and with people who
come from various social sections and fill them with revolutionary enthusiasm. No doubt, the martyrdom of Comrade
Koteswara Rao is a great loss to the Indian revolutionary movement. But the people of our country are very great. It is
the people and the people’s movements which gave birth to courageous and dedicated revolutionaries like Koteswara
Rao. The workers and peasants and the revolutionaries who have imbibed the revolutionary spirit of Koteswara Rao
right from Jagityal to Jungle Mahal and who have armed themselves with the revolutionary fragrance he spread all
over the country would definitely lead the Indian New Democratic Revolution in a victory path. They would wipe out
the imperialists and their lackey landlord and comprador bureaucratic bourgeoisie and their representatives like Sonia,
Manmohan, Chidambaram and Mamata Banerjee.
Our CC is appealing to the people of the country to observe protest week from November 29 to December 5 and
observe 48-hour “Bharat Bandh” on December 4-5 in protest of the brutal murder of Comrade Koteswara Rao. We are
appealing that they take up various programmes like holding meetings, rallies, dharnas, wearing black badges, road
blocks etc protesting this murder. We are requesting that trains, roadways, commercial and educational institutions be
closed and that all kinds of trade transactions be stopped as part of the “Bharat Bandh” on December 4-5. However,
we are exempting medical services from the Bandh.
(Abhay)
Spokesperson, Central Committee

Comments by IARKP to the “1 May 2011 Declaration” as issued by ‘Maoist Road’

24. September 2011

 

Why we did not sign up to the “1 May 2011 Declaration” as initiated by “Maoist Road” (for reference see  “People want revolution – Proletarians want the Party of the Revolution – Communists want internationalism and a new international organization” – Maoist Road 1, p.4)

 

The “1 May 2011 Declaration” which was signed by 10 Maoist communist parties contained a number of important and valid statements useful for the analysis of the present situation, statements to which we agree in contrast to those portrayed by various reformist and revisionist variants.

 

We agree to salute the “unprecedented protests and uprisings”, especially “in the Arab world and Persian Gulf”, where “the youth, the proletarians and the broad masses took to the streets and toppled or tried to topple, one after the other, the dictatorial regimes subservient to imperialism.

In the heart of the imperialist countries, working class struggles, general strikes, rebellions of students and youth are opposing the policy of reactionary governments (….) aimed at shifting the burden of the crisis on to the backs of the masses, bringing lay-offs, job insecurity, intensification of exploitation and attacks on education, health care and basic social services.

Struggles and rebellions are ranging from China to the US, from Russia to Latin America. Particularly in Afghanistan and Iraq, imperialism, mainly US imperialism, is suffering blows that prevent it from realizing its plans of occupation, invasion and geo-strategic control on important areas of the world. Its plans to sanctify Zionist occupation in Palestine through sell-out leaders have been checked.”

 

In particular, we also emphasize and “demand the building of revolutionary parties (we would rather specify “revolutionary communist parties”) at the height of the current clash of classes (…) based on Marxism-Leninism-Maoism (we would rather speak of “revolutionary communism”) able to lead the class struggle in all fields and aimed at seizing the political power without which it is not possible for the proletarians to overthrow the capitalist and imperialist system”.

 

Like the 10 parties and organizations who signed the declaration, we, too, “strive to answer this need for a scientific and decided leadership for the proletarian class struggle by fighting all kinds of revisionist, reformist and dogmatist deviations.”

 

We equally emphasize “ the huge amount of experience through 140 years of struggles and revolutions, from the birth of the Glorious Paris Commune, through the peaks of the October Revolution, the Chinese revolution and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. We must learn from both our victories and defeats, as well as from our mistakes.”

 

Like the 10 parties and organizations signatories to the Declaration, we want to “put proletarian internationalism into practice in order to unite proletarian struggles and those of the oppressed peoples against imperialism in crisis and remain firmly united with the masses as they make history.”

 

And finally, we agree that “Communists must achieve a new unity of the international communist movement based on Marxism-Leninism-Maoism (we would prefer to speak of  “revolutionary communism”) and build the international organization that we need today.” Because:

“Imperialism has no future!

The future belongs to communism!”

 

 

 

On the other side, this very “1 May 2011 Declaration” gives evidence of some important errors and mistakes in respect of the analysis of the present situation which we do not share and are explicitly opposed to, in particular the following:

 

1.)    The Declaration departs from “the development of a modern fascism” in the “imperialist countries”.

2.)    It says that “people’s wars are the strategic reference for the proletarians and the peoples of the world” and clearly states the necessity of “protracted people’s war” also “in imperialist countries themselves”. It regards people’s wars as ”a new and sharpening phase of the class struggle that expresses the revolutionary aspirations of the proletariat and the world peoples.”

3.)    From here, it directly (!) concludes “All this indicates that the main contradiction at the world level is that between imperialism and the oppressed peoples…”

4.)    Referring to the actual situation in a number of countries where “people’s wars” are being waged the Declaration states in respect of  Peru that  people’s war  “persists and recuperates”, “in the Philippines (it) advances”,  and “in Turkey revolutionary struggles led by the Maoists advance along the people’s war strategy”.

5.)    Furthermore, in respect of the actual crisis, it is the “financialization” of the economy which the Declaration holds to be the “main immediate cause” of it, (presumably meaning by this the enormous expansion of speculative capital).

 

As regards our position, neither do we share the view of a generalized threat by “modern fascism” in the imperialist countries, nor do we find definite signs of it in Austrianor other imperialist EU member states. We disagree with the generalized strategic orientation of the revolutionary communist movement towards “protracted people’s war in the imperialist countries” and in fact, we even question the correctness of this orientation in oppressed countries where the majority of the population is living in urban areas.

 

On the one hand, we think it is not correct to proclaim a worldwide “main contradiction” whilst it is the main task of revolutionary communists in any country to topple their respective main enemy (in our case this is the Austrian imperialist bourgeoisie). On the other hand, we doubt whether it may be justified at all to evaluate the 3 crucial contradictions of the imperialist world system by focusing merely on the one between imperialism and oppressed peoples as being decisive for proletarian revolution, proletarian dictatorship, and socialism worldwide, and to apply this on to each and every country, irrespective of their next strategic aims which may very well differ. And even less we hold justified the erroneous view held by a number of Maoist parties who deduct from such a universal validity of Mao’s “protracted people’s war” strategy the fact that, hence (!), there was only this contradiction which was decisive for the progress of world revolution.

As regards marked progress in people’s wars in the countries as mentioned above (see 4.) we are afraid that this has not been the case in most recent years.

And finally, we hold the tendency of the falling profit rate to be at the root of the actual crisis giving evidence of the “vicious circle” of the capitalist system of exploitation whilst we regard the speculative “bubbles” etc as inevitable appearances of the periodic over accumulation and of the difficulties of valuation of capital in its imperialist stage.

 

For aforementioned reasons we decided not to sign the “1 May 2011 Declaration” as signed by:

Communist Party of Bhutan(MLM);

Communist Party of India (maoist);

Communist Party of India(ML) Naxalbari;

maoist Communist Party, France;

maoist CommunistParty, Italy;

Maoist CommunistParty, Turkey and North Kurdistan;

Revolutionary Party of Canada;

Unified Communist Party ofNepal(Maoist);

Committee of People’s Struggle “Manolo Bello”,Galicia,Spain;

Maoist Communist Movement inTunisia

1 May 2011 Declaration – English DOCUMENTATION

30. April 2011

DOCUMENTATION: 
(see our critical remarks critical remarks)

People want revolution
Proletarians want the Party of the Revolution
Communists want internationalism and a new
  international organization
  

This year’s May Day comes at a time of unprecedented protests and uprisings all around the world. In the Arab world and Persian Gulf, the youth, the proletarians and the broad masses took to the streets and toppled or tried to topple, one after the other,  the dictatorial regimes subservient to imperialism.
  In the heart of the imperialist countries, working class struggles, general strikes,  rebellions of students and youth are opposing the policy of reactionary governments and the development of a modern fascism aimed at shifting the burden of the crisis on to the backs of the masses, bringing layoffs, job insecurity, intensification of  exploitation and attacks on education, health care and basic social services.
  Struggles and rebellions are ranging from China to the US, from Russia to Latin  America.  Particularly in Afghanistan and Iraq, imperialism, mainly U.S. imperialism, is  suffering blows that prevent it from realizing its plans of occupation, invasion and  geo-strategic control on important areas of the world. Its plans to sanctify Zionist  occupation in Palestine through sell-out leaders have been checked.
  People’s wars are the strategic reference for the proletarians and peoples of the world.  The people’s war in India successfully withstands unprecedented attacks by the  enemy and is able to expand and advance. The people’s war in Peru persists and  recuperates. The people’s war in the Philippines advances. In Turkey, revolutionary  struggles led by the Maoists advance along the people’s war strategy. In other  countries of South Asia it is being prepared, for initiations and new advances.
  In Nepal, 10 years of people’s war have created the conditions for the advancement  of Nepali revolution. This revolution is now at a complex crossroads and must be  supported against the counter-revolution waged by internal and external enemies as  well as against the reformists who try to undermine it from within.  

The protracted people’s war is necessary to defeat the enemy both in countries  oppressed by imperialism and the imperialist countries themselves, according their  own specificities.  It represents a new and sharpening phase of the class struggle that expresses the  revolutionary aspirations of the proletariat and the world peoples.
  All this indicates that the main contradiction at the world level is that between  imperialism and oppressed people, while the contradiction between the proletariat  and the bourgeoisie and as well as inter-imperialist contradictions are sharpening. In  the context of the spreading crisis, the revolution emerges more and more clearly as  being the main trend in the current world.
  The economic crisis of imperialism, far from being resolved, widens and deepens  according to the laws of uneven development and as a result of the contention on the  world market and the tendency towards a maximal extortion of surplus value. The  „financialization“ of the economy— the main immediate cause of the crisis — tends  to reject any control. The use of surpluses from China’s, India’s and Brazil’s  economies can’t ensure more than a temporary recovery, which opens the door to  new and even more distressing crisis.
  The struggling and uprising proletarians and popular masses demand the building of  revolutionary parties at the height of the current clash of classes; and that process of  organization is developing.
  We need communist parties based on Marxism-Leninism-Maoism able to lead the  class struggle in all fields and aimed at seizing the political power without which it is  not possible for the proletarians to overthrow the capitalist and imperialist system.
  Maoist Communists strive to answer this need for a scientific and decided leadership  for the proletarian class struggle, by fighting all kinds of revisionist, reformist and  dogmatist deviations. Our class can rely on the huge amount of experience through  140 years of struggles and revolutions, from the birth of the Glorious Paris Commune  through the peaks of the October Revolution, the Chinese revolution and the Great  Proletarian Cultural Revolution. We must learn from both our victories and defeats,  as well as from our mistakes.
  Within that wave of struggles, uprisings and people’s wars, Marxist-Leninist-Maoist  communists should put proletarian internationalism into practice in order to unite  proletarian struggles and those of the oppressed peoples against imperialism in crisis  and remain firmly united with masse, as they make history.
  Communists must achieve a new unity of the international communist movement  based on Marxism-Leninism-Maoism and build the international organization that we  need today.

  Imperialism has no future!
  The future belongs to communism!

  

Communist Party of Bhutan (MLM)
  Communist Party of India (maoist)
  Communist Party of India (ML) Naxalbari
  maoist Communist Party, France
  maoist Communist Party, Italy
  Maoist Communist Party, Turkey and North Kurdistan
  Revolutionary Communist Party, Canada
  Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)
  Committee of People’s Struggle „Manolo Bello“, Galicia, Spain
  Maoist Communist Movement in Tunisia

Gyaneshwari Express Sabotage Indefensible – Institute Inquiry and Discourage Rumour-mongering and Witch-hunting

30. Mai 2010

People’s Union for Democratic Rights Press Statement
30.5.2010
Friday morning’s derailment of the Gyaneshwari Express either due to sabotage or explosion as per media reports in which so far 136 people have already lost their lives is highly reprehensible and completely indefensible. PUDR strongly condemns whichever organization is responsible for the carnage as we believe that no political cause or motive can justify an act of this nature.
As is evident from the contradictory statements coming from ministers and government functionaries the facts of the case are still far from clear. PUDR demands that a high level and impartial inquiry be instituted into the incident so that the truth can be uncovered, responsibility fixed beyond all possible doubt and the guilty brought to book. Till such time this happens PUDR appeals to all sections of society to refrain from making or fuelling unfounded allegations which can only end in futile mudslinging matches or in witch-hunts. Such rumour-mongering and false conclusions on the part of governments, political parties and the administration (aided by sections of the media) not only denies justice to those effected by the tragedy, but also fails to address issues of safety and welfare of citizens for the future.
Asish Gupta (9873315477)
Moushumi Basu (9810371257)
(Secretaries PUDR)

http://sanhati.com/articles/2417/

The Second Statement from CPI (Maoist) on the Train Accident

30. Mai 2010

“We were not involved in the sabotage in the railway line. Still we are being falsely implicated in it.

CPI (Maoist) tells the Indian rail authorities to ply their trains

 

(Note:  In view of the train accident that took the lives of more than a hundred passengers  and left many more injured who had been travelling by Gnaneswari Express, the railways have been contemplating of postponing train services along that route at night and re-schedule its timings accordingly. In response, the CPI(Maoist) has issued a statement on 29 May 2010 that came out in a Bengali daily Ananda Bazar Patrika published from Kolkata.  It was published on 30 May 30, 2010 under the caption ‘The Maoists ask the railways to ply trains without fear’ in page 7.)

Let the railway authorities ply their trains on schedule. There is nothing to fear.  On Saturday, on behalf of the State Committee of the CPI (Maoist), Aakash issued this statement to the press. “We were not involved in the sabotage in the railway line. Still we are being falsely implicated in it. There is no need to stop railway service on the plea of Maoist sabotage.  Let the rail authorities ply their trains. Nothing (no harm) will be done from our side”.

The Maoists stated: We gave a call for organizing a ‘Black Period’ from 23 May to 2 June; it was not directed against the railways. Besides price rise and operation by the security forces, it was also directed against the central government policy of selling out shares of public sector undertakings, taking US assistance for the defence sector and the creation of special economic zones. Our aim was to make propaganda and create awareness on these issues among the people. Wearing black badges, organizing processions comprise part of our programme, but there was nothing against the railways. The Maoists claimed: “Whenever there is any programme against the railways or a call for stopping railway services, there is a formal notification much before that date”.  Aakash said: “We do not know who were involved in the incident. But what we do know is that on that very day, the security forces along with the CPI(M) cadres carried out operation in 32 villages under Manikpara and Kotwali police station areas. Houses were broken. Women were tortured, giving rise to much popular anger and discontent.”  Discarding the demand for investigation by the WB government-controlled CID and the central government-controlled CBI, the Maoists stated: “Both are biased. So we would welcome a neutral investigation team comprising intellectuals, scientists, engineers and unofficial experts. Let them find out who had done the sabotage and why. We want an independent investigation. We want the truth to come out”.

The Sunday Hindustan Times carried only a brief portion of the statement its Kolkata edition on 30 May 2010 under the caption “Maoists now want independent probe”. The report reads as follows: “Maoists on Saturday once again denied having any hand in the tragedy. Akash, a CPI(Maoist) state committee member, told HT over phone from an undisclosed location that the outfit would welcome probe by an “independent group of intellectuals”.

Both the CPI (Maoist) and PCAPA have denied their involvement in the Friday train derailment

29. Mai 2010

Yesterday’s( 28 May 2010) Gnaneshwari Express and a goods train tragedy near Kharagpur in West Bengal  in which 80 people were killed and 200 injured was attributed to CPI(Maoist) and Peoples Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) by the media. The media unscrupulously played false news stories blaming CPI (Maoist) and Peoples Committee for two days. Some political parties like Trinomial Congress and the ruling CPI(Marxist)  also blamed these organisations without any verification.  Significantly Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has declined to attribute the blame on the CPI (Maoist) and also announced that there was no evidence of any bomb blast in the incident.

The Union Home Minister has ordered an enquiry into find out any possibility of sabotage. During the day the leaders of CPI (Maoist) clarified through a long statement that they were not responsible for the train tragedy and condemned any possible sabotage work if any force involved behind the incident. They have also expressed their condolences for the families of deceased. The PCAPA also clarified that their activists are not involved in this incident. They suspected the ruling CPI(Marxist) to have been involved in the sabotage desperately trying to tilt the public opinion against the fighting forces.

Purposefully the media did not cover the statement issued by the CPI (Maoist) while playing the false stories and commentaries blaming the CPI (Maoist) for the incident. Some all India newspapers like The Hindu wrote editorials blaming the CPI (Maoist) for the incident. Many other newspapers wrote major articles decrying the CPI (Maoist) as terrorist attributing the blame on them. Now when the clarifications come from CPI (Maoist) and PCAPA, will these media houses withdraw their false stories and give the facts to the people? Will they regret for propagating the false news?

These two days of false propaganda is made with a malicious intension of maligning the CPI (Maoist) and PCAPA.

I attach here news reports covering the statement of clarification from the CPI (Maoist) and PCAPA by a section of newspapers in West Bengal. The same newspaper didn’t cover it in their editions coming from all other cities.

G N Saibaba

Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF)

Statement on Train(Jnaneswari Express) accident by the Maoists

The following report was published in the Bengali Ananda Bazar Patrike dt. 29 May 2010, page 7, Kolkata edition. It bore the caption ‘Denying allegations about their involvement, the Maoists demand enquiry’ and written by Prasun Acharyya.  The statement was issued in the name of Aakash, the Maoist WB State Committee leader.

On Friday night, the following statement was issued on behalf of the CPI(Maoist) WB State Committee.  “We are in no way involved in this incident. We did not carry out any explosion in the railway line. Killing innocent people by sabotaging railway line is not our agenda. When we carry out any action, there are always some specific  reasons behind. We also acknowledge responsibility for that. Whenever we commit mistakes we admit it.  However, responsibility is being placed on us now for an incident in which we are in no way involved”.  Accusing the CPI(Marxist) of putting blame on them the Maoists said “The CPI(M) is haunted by the prospect of a landslide defeat in the coming municipal elections. Thus they have opted for a strategy of killing two birds with a single stone. On the one hand, attempts are being made to brand us as terrorists and thus isolate us from the people. On the other hand, they are seeking to prove that Mamata Banerjee is completely misfit as the railway minister”.  The Maoists did not directly state that the CPI(M) was involved in the incident. But what they said is: “In the coming days also such unfortunate incidents can take place in order to malign Mamata and the Maoists”. The WB State Committee of the Maoists strongly condemned this act and stated: “This act deserves unequivocal condemnation. We are extending our sympathies to the members of the bereaved families. We also wish the speedy recovery of those who are injured”.

Meanwhile, the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities has accused the CPI(M) of being involved in it. In reply to a query, the Maoists said: “We are not accountable for whatever one might say. We are not saying that the CPI(M) was involved in it. Let the railways make enquiry. The members of our party have made investigation after the incident. It was the removal of fish plates that led to the accident. There was no line for one metre stretch, side-clips were open. That led to derailment. Let the railways enquiry why side clips were open at the junction points of rail lines. No explosion took place at the site. Had there been any explosion, stones would have broken up and thrown out. But nothing like it happened”.

The Maoists said that whenever any untoward incident takes place along the railway route, the tendency is always to accuse them for such incidents. “Three days back, eleven bogies of the New Delhi -Gwahati Rajdhani  Express were derailed near Naogachhia Station in Bihar. It was not a major accident. However, initially the blame was put on us. Later on, it was found that it was the fault of the railways that led to such a mishap”.

Even though the Maoists claim not to have directed any attack on the innocent people, why did they carry put land mine explosion in a passenger bus at Dantewada?  The statement reads follows: “Special Pollce Officers(SPOs) and the CRPF were travelling in that bus. We have told people in Chhattisgarh time and again not to travel in the same bus along with the police and CRPF personnel. But it was the state government which had forced the common people to travel along with the police in the same bus. That is why common people also died along with the police”.

The Maoists accepted responsibility for the Dantewada incident; but not for this mishap. “We are not involved in the Sardiha incident, so we take no responsibility of it”, the Maoist statement  said.

The Hindustan Times dt. 29 May 2010 carried only a brief statement from the Maoists: “Killing innocent civilians is not on our agenda. We have no links with this tragic incident, and we sympathise with the families of the deceased and the injured”. Akash, Member, CPI(Maoist) State Committee, West Bengal.

‚Not We, CPI(M) is to blame‘
Both the CPI(Maoist) and PCAPA have denied their involvement in the Friday train derailment of the Maharashtra-bound Gyaneshwar Express, and condemned it as an act of criminal conspiracy on part of the ruling CPI(M), as reported by the Bengali daily Sangbad Pratidin, 29 May).

The statement by CPI(Maoist) state committee secretary, Kanchan, says, „This incident is against the line practised by our Party. We are not involved in it. CPI(M) and Police have jointly conspired to effect it.“

Confirming it, Com Khokan representing the State Committee leader Akash of CPI(Maoist) said, „We are not at all involved in this incident. We do not kill innocent people. Fearing losing its rule, this is a ploy by CPI(M) to kill two birds with one stone. To paint the Maoists as terrorists and to declare the Railway minister, Mamata Banerjee as incapable. Even before this when the Rajdhani met with an accident, the State government pointed the finger on us. Our State Committee fully condemns this act. We share the pain with the families of the deceased and stand by them in this hour of grief.“

The PCAPA has also denied its involvement with the incident, and declared it as an act of sabotage by the ruling CPI(M). Its leader, Asit Mahato said, „We are not involved with this incident. CPI(M) is directly involved in it, and writing posters in our name and planting the same on the site, is trying to put the blame on us.“

Meanwhile the student union, USDF, leader Soumya Mandal also said, „Whether this incident is a handiwork of the CPI(M) or the Maoists, we completely condemn it. We offer our condolences to the families of the deceased and demand a comprehensive inquiry into the incident.“

Appeal of Platform „Solidarity with the struggle of the Greek people’s masses“

26. Mai 2010

We are sending our greetings to the workers and people’s masses in struggle in Greece. Your struggle against the intensified exploitation by the imperialist EU countries is totally justified and encourages also the other peoples of Europe. At present the aggressive EU block under the leadership of German imperialism tries to inforce the interest of the big banks and companies violently. In medium term the aim is the complete neo-colonial subjugation and tightened looting of the dependent countries in Southern and Eastern Europe.

The daily agitation in the mass media (with Austrian and German papers on the forefront) serves to pit the European peoples against each other. So they want to prevent that more and more workers recognize that not „the Greek“ (or „the Portugese“ etc.) are their enemies but the ruling capitalist class and their lackeys in all countries.

Still the defensive struggles in Greece (as well as in several countries of Europe) are mostly developing within the capitalist framework – as a result of the massive influence of the bourgeois trade unions and reformist and revisionist parties. But militant currents are developing under the leadership of revolutionary parties and organisations the struggles in the streets, at work-places, in neighbourhoods and in the educational sector, movements connecting the struggle against intensified exploitation with the struggle against the whole capitalist system.

The justified and militant struggle against the cutback of real wages including the struggle against the massive cutback of social achievements of the working class will be able to stop the current domestic attack of the imperialist EU block if the workers of each country mobilize against their own government – and at the same time build a European wide front of struggle.

Through Lisbon treaty the EU has been given such a structure that the attacks of monopoly capital are centrally organised and coordinated on European level whereas the wage-levels and social security systems must be fought for and achieved in each country separately by the respective working class. Therefore the militant and class conscious solidarity of the workers against EU imperialism must be built up. Right contrary to the baiting of the media alleging that „we“ had to pay for „the Greek“ in fact we workers and toilers in Austria – as well as the workers in Greece – are being exploited to increase the profits of banks and companies even during the crisis. Through taxes for the masses (earnings tax, VAT etc.), through higher and higher tariffs and fees, and less social spending and worse public service an ever increasing part of the public budget is spent on subsidising monopoly capitalist companies. In recent months we again and again heard about new looting plans that are coordinated EU-wide and it’s high time to organise not only defensive struggles but also discuss further going views – How can the struggles in all the countries be strengthened and coordinated? How can an EU-wide counter offensive of the working class be initiated? How can EU be destroyed?

We are sending our militant greetings to the fighting workers in Greece and confirm our determination to make a contribution as big as possible also in Austria to the struggle against EU imperialism and for the seizure of power by the working class.

Solidarity with the struggle of the Greek working class and people’s masses!

Stop the offensive of the imperialist EU block against the working class in Europe!

The main enemy is in our own country – proletarian revolution is the solution!

Struggle against crisis means struggle agaist capitalism!

Rally in Vienna on Thu 27 May 2010, 4 – 5 p.m. at the embassy of Greece

(1040 Argentinierstraße 14)

Rally in Linz on Fri 28 May, 3 – 6 p.m. at Volksgarten

Platform „Solidarity with the struggle of the Greek people’s masses“,  1070 Wien, Stiftgasse 8

„Greek crisis“, „Euro crisis“ – the incurable disease of capitalism

11. Mai 2010

It has been a turbulent weekend, May 7 to 9, in Brussels and in the capitals of Berlin, Paris, Athens, Lisbon, Madrid, Rome etc. Since then, we have been told that our own fate has been “at stake”, “our currency”, the Euro. In order to “save its stability”, in other words, reflected by its exchange rate to the US dollar, a huge package of financial aid has been put in place, 60bn Euro of which are derived from a fund designated for catastrophes incurred by a member state “without its responsibility” –  now applied to the event of speculation in order to bypass the restrictions contained in the EU treaty prohibiting member states to account for the debt of their neighbours….a fierce weapon launched by the strong and more productive imperialist countries against the economically weaker member states of the southern part of Europe, the Balkans and the Baltic’s in order to force them into a subordinated position, the smaller ones of them even into neocolonial dependence. Now, however, that speculation had evolved to a threatening level of dimension with capital markets soaring towards unprecedented super profits on the one hand and – inevitably, serious losses to state budgets by means of sharply rising interest rates for public debt, as well as to institutional investors having to sell downgraded government bonds and any bank not participating in speculation. The vicious circle was to be stopped, so says bourgeois propaganda, by an enormous “stability fund” of 500 bn Euro, thereof, apart from the aforementioned 60 bn, 440 bn Euro in bilateral aid and guarantees extended to member states where and if needed.

To top this up, the IMF has been engaged to extend further 250 bn Euro in terms of loans to member states in need. Not only German imperialism is hailing this involvement – it had been claimed by them for weeks, at first only in respect of the “Greek crisis”. Why?

Why is now the IMF involved in “saving good old Europe”?

When the Greek prime minister Papandreou, in March 2010, first demanded the IMF to be involved, he had in mind to put pressure on the EU, especially on German imperialism, to decide on an “aid package”. This latter immediately recognized the advantage of having the IMF “in”: it allowed further delays in finalizing the package, thus exerting all the more pressure on Greek government, and, more importantly, it allowed for an elegant solution to the issue of fierce control over Greece and a rigorous implementation of the austerity program. IMF’s loans, so-called “structural adjustment loans”, extended for decades to the depending countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America, are a terrible means of imperialist subjugation. The IMF’s “magic formula”: drastic reduction of public debt, currency stability as  prime issue of restructuring, sharp rise in consumer taxes, strong downturn of wages and social welfare expenditures, privatization of the whole of public infrastructure, liberalization and deregulation of the domestic market in order to tear down any obstacles against foreign capital inflows, destruction of the domestic economy, especially of agricultural production by converting it to export oriented mono-cultures, etc. Where the IMF is involved the country will be devastated and pauperized. The implementation of the IMF’s “aid” results in the country’s deprivation of its sovereignty and its subjugation to neocolonial domination involving, of course, a dependent national bourgeoisie and their state with its police and army to defeat the working class’s resistance.

This is the reason why any depending country which was able to, tried, by any means, to get rid of the IMF’s involvement by repaying its loans: From 2002 to 2007 its loans decreased from a maximum in 2002 of 70,5 bn SDR (= 1 special drawing right, equal to appr. 1,14 Euro) to just 9,8 bn SDR in 2007. With the recent crisis evolving in 2008 arose the IMF’s chance to newly put their foot in the doorstep, and this time in Europe’s weaker member states prone to subjugation,  Latvia, Hungary, Bulgaria to start with. Over recent months, their “austerity programs” have passed by, very much without mentioning in the imperialist media. And for good reason.

Any journalist, visiting Bulgaria in recent time, would not have been able to conceal the degree of mass unemployment and poverty, the disastrous state of public infrastructure, the devastation of agriculture and industries. Yet, in 2010, there is only 1 – one – country in all 27 EU member states complying with the imperialist  “stability criteria” of the EU treaty of Maastricht which calls for a public debt not exceeding 60% of GDP and an annual increase not exceeding 3% of GDP. Guess which country this is? No joke, it is Bulgaria – waiting desperately. For what? ….for foreign capital. Unless the workers, in industry and services, jointly with their deprived agricultural mates take up the fight against the juggernaut wheel of capitalism.

Crisis “unplugged”: Fierce Austerity Programs against the working classes ahead!

It is high time to unmask the propaganda of “all of us sitting in one boat”. “All of us” having to desperately reduce state deficits, public debt. It has not been long that we saw, in 2008/09 huge amounts of money being injected into the banking and financial sector to account for their speculative losses; we have not forgotten the single amount of 109 bn Euro, i.e. one fifth of the overall “EU stability fund” now concluded, pumped by the German imperialist government into solely the bankrupt HRE (Hypo Real Estate Bank), and the total of 179 bn Euro in German public aid to banks only. Notwithstanding further, yet unidentified “requirements” by those banks and guarantees for the so-called “bad bank” concept for separation of foul papers. The very same applies to their mates in France, UK, Austria, Italy, Spain, etc. In total the EU16 mobilized in an extreme hurry more than 2.200 billion Euro in bank aid, yes, you are right, this is four times the EU rescue package!!

Yet, it is only now that government spokesmen and media are rivaling to invoke a dim scenario of inflation and recession, especially to the detriment of Germany, whose pole position in exports would further be ruined with hundreds of thousands losing their jobs. Let’s draw conclusions: Whenever the deepening of capitalist crisis requires loads of money to be directed from the state budget – by the way, primarily financed from wages and taxes robbed from workers and employees whilst exempting capitalists, financial institutions  and speculators, this type of “aid” is one of the reasons for being of the bourgeois state! What a fool to blame them for their very job and demand more money for education, schools, public health systems and pensions! This, in fact, is the opposite front of the class struggle. There will be no one single Euro spent for the benefit of those deprived of any means of production except for their capacity to work which the working class will not have to fight for! This is the law of capitalist history, and even more so in its foul state of imperialism.

Of course, there is no such austerity program which will not spur resistance, this is for sure. Knowing this very threat to their rule, the bourgeois class incites their reformist and revisionist parties to derail the proletarian class struggle and mislead it into the dead end street of class reconciliation. And be aware of the various attempts to conceal this very essence! There is, like in France, the Sarkozy government’s open call to the working class to finally give up their protests and rows about delocalization, job destruction, theft of wage and allocation elements by the bosses, as they have been ongoing for more than 2 years now, and bow to the destruction of their pension schemes with the intended “harmonization”  to the European standards of increased retirement age and decrease in pensions. It has been solely due to the obstinate class struggle of the French workers and employees that the bourgeoisie has to date not been able to destroy the public pension scheme to the extent it has been achieved in Germany or the UK. Of course, the imperialist bourgeoisie in those competing countries have had their relative advantage from this, especially the German bourgeoisie with their disastrous “Hartz IV” undermining social security and labor contract law, pushed through by the socialist and green coalition under Schröder and Fischer from 2000 onwards. Whilst the German working class finds themselves drowned by a wave of chauvinism mobilizing against the “global threat of inflation” and “sovereign bankruptcy” due to “outraging deficits” spent by the “PIGS” (Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain) and it may even include others in due course, their French “partners” hit back against the German imperialist hypocrisy and launched a serious blow against any one-sided hostile take-over plans by German finance capital against Greece. In this respect, the EU summit conclusions of recent days was only achieved by France in the lead teaming up with the “PIGS” against German imposture. In fact, Ms Merkel had been wholly against any such EU rescue plan as has been concluded, she even encouraged igniting the German Constitutional Court against the project maintaining it would be against stipulations of the EU treaty prohibiting such extended bilateral aid.

EU: Joint action, increasing conflict – two sides of an imperialist alliance

And the row between German and French imperialism further sparked heavily in respect of the use and role of European “central” institutions, the Central Bank (ECB) and the Commission: ECB has been agreed to purchase government bonds of the weaker countries and ease their necessity to approach the capital markets. This was Mr. Sarkozy’s revenge against Ms Merkel’s strict refusal to allow the EU commission to extend bonds on their own guaranteed by EU governments. Now German media rival in discriminating against the ECB as having compromised its “independence”, German imperialism’s “holy cow” is being unfaithful! By the way, which “independence”? The working class is not so naïve as to believe in any class neutrality of this finance vehicle. Voilà, point is, there is enrolled contradiction between EU imperialists, in first place between Germany and France, in their attempt to impose themselves as ruling and dominating the “family”. And it will be interesting to see who will be more closely hugging with the IMF. Ms Merkel, do not to forget that French social democrat Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF boss has been hove into his seat – as a bonus for a devil’s pact – by good old Nicolas Sarkozy! Yet, for the time being, Dominique does his job unequivocally well: down with budget deficits! Everywhere!

But we should not be misled by those rows, either. Mr Sarkozy, asked by journalists on Saturday May, 8, 2010 whether the outcome of summit negotiations did not reveal an outright defeat of Ms Merkel’s propositions, set up a serious mine and said: “In times like this it is about unity and nothing else”. Both bourgeois classes, like any other, are well aware of the fact, that, to date, their perspective of and interest in neocolonial subjugation of other, weaker countries can at best be achieved by joint action in the European Union.

They need the export markets where the more productive economies extract surplus value from the weaker ones by simple means of the price mechanism for (more expensive) exported against (cheaper) domestic goods. A “strong” Euro is their weapon and the Euro zone countries have been deprived of any adjustment means as it formerly was a depreciation of weaker currencies like the Greek Drachme of the Italian lira. In former years, when the balance of payments became too negative, imports soared and exports decreased in those countries, a depreciation of currency was at least a slight detention of problems: it made their own exports cheaper, helped reduce imports and supported tourism with cheaper costs. That has since become impossible, for Greece, for Portugal, for Spain, and others. And it hits extremely hard economies with so-called “structural problems”. And let us look at Greece in this respect as it is not at all by chance that the “Geek crisis” developed.

Why did Greece come into the focus of speculation?

Greece’s economy, one of the smaller EU countries with a population of 10 million, is even more prone to the negative effects of capitalist crisis than the larger and stronger economies are. This is due to the unequal development of certain branches of industry, to the delayed enrollment of capitalist production in agriculture which was late by several decades compared to Western Europe, by the highly negative balance of payments (2009: -8,8%; but still higher in 2007:-14,7% and in 2008: -13,8%, since introduction of the Euro, in Greece in 2001, in fact, it always exceeded  -10%), and, last but not least, by a total dependence on foreign energy imports. All of those factors make a country’s economy strongly vulnerable. And, as regards Greece, this in first place is a historical legacy. Ever since capitalism has existed Greece has been a dependent and – in capitalist terms, less developed country, a victim of imperialist policies. Extended by various powers, apart from Germany, France, the UK and the US. And once again, German imperialism has started to blow the horn of subjugation. They intend to achieve this now by means of the IMF’s fierce control over the country which takes themselves out of the front line, a noble element of the EU row about how to prepare Greece for a hostile take over.

And this to note: it is not just the level of public debt which sparked speculation against Greece. If this was so why is there no speculation against Japan whose estimated public debt for 2010 stands at 197,6 % of GDP, far beyond any EU country’s? (EU limite: 60%; EU16 average: 84,0%; Gr: 124,9 % ; It: 116,7%; P: 84,6%; F: 82,5; D: 76,7%; Sp: 66,3%)

The reason is simple. Speculation, i.e. betting on the decrease of a countries rating (by the way, implemented exclusively by the 3 US rating agencies, Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch) is easy once the market for government bonds is very small. Any such attempt to do the same with Japan, let alone with the whole EU zone, would require an incredibly high amount of money. For Greece, the amount of gambling capital, so-called CDS, credit default swaps pretending to be an insurance against the rumor of imminent Greek bankruptcy, were contracted by hedge funds and investment banks, primarily US based, like JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Bank of America, and the most important European investment banks alongside. CDS sales amounted to a total of 38 bn US dollars in early 2009, they rose to 85 bn (!) in early 2010, but fell again to 7 bn US dollars by the end of February 2010. Players had made their extra profits from rising interest rates for Greek debt and cashed them in. Yet, the greed of capital is insatiable. Let us look at the ugly job done by the US rating agents, who get paid from speculation, and their rating of Greece. As a means to spark the first wave of speculation until February 2010, the rating was firstly downgraded by one step from A1 to A2 on Dec, 22, 2009. The next attack with a downgrading to A3, i.e. below that of the Ukraine (!), followed on April 22, 2010. In this second wave of speculation, which reached its peak on April 27, 2010, interest rates for Greek 10 year government bonds rose to app. 9% pa. against 5,07% pa by the end of 2008. For a 3 year period interest is 1% pa for German or French debt.  The 3 year EU aid package for Greece has imposed 5% pa, i.e. a 4% margin, a good treat for those saviors!  You see, it is not the Greek people who live on the Germans! It is and has all the time been the imperialist finance bourgeoisie, the capitalist owners of production and their banks who live on the working classes, in Greece and elsewhere.

There is no reconciliation possible between those interests. There is no “common ground” in securing the “stability” of “our” currency. There is no interest on behalf of the working classes in defending any imperialist competitiveness. It will, everywhere and always, be to the detriment of the living conditions, of survival, and, more importantly, of the conditions of class struggle. That’s why those propaganda tools must be strongly and fiercely opposed! And the courage and resolution of the Greek working class and its people must be unequivocally supported! The best support is the unraveling of proper struggles in the other EU countries, especially in Germany and France.

Sticky glue of bourgeois ideology to conceal the cause of crisis

There is another obstacle of bourgeois ideology coming up, like in German opposition parties, the reformist social democrats and the “Linkspartei” who justified their abstentions in German parliament last week from voting in favor of the EU stabilization fund because, they said, it was “exempting the banks and the real originators of the crisis” whose very speculation had led to enormous profits whilst it was now the tax payer who should account for it. Nothing, they said, had obviously been learned from “the 2008 crisis”, nothing had been done by governments to put limits to the greed of speculators and regulate financial markets by prohibiting foul papers and fraudulent products to be spread around. The same arguments are brought forward by French socialist PS. But quite apart from the fact that all of those “opponents” have wholeheartedly consented to the huge amounts of aid to the banks in 2008/09, how on earth shall such speculation genuinely be prevented in capitalism when it is nothing but its ultimate aim? When there are enormous amounts of money searching for a profitable valuation, i.e. investment areas with high profits, they are increasingly restricted to the mere financial markets as in the productive sectors there is nothing but overproduction and over accumulation.

In the inextricable need of capitalist producers, each of them producing separately from the other with no plan behind, to increase, against all competitors, the degree and the amount of surplus value exploited from human labor, the organic composition of capital, i.e. modernized machines, buildings and other fixed assets account for an ever increasing part of total cost of production whilst the part of human labor decreases, thus bringing under pressure the profit rate, i.e. the surplus amount as against total capital employed. Since only human labor is able to create new value, no capital can grow unless it can get hold, directly or indirectly, of a chunk of this surplus value, and it is irrelevant where this latter may have been produced. If it is not here, it can be in Vietnam, and imperialist exports, like “highly sophisticated technology”, modern weapons or IT systems to Vietnam are the means to acquire part of this surplus value produced by the Vietnamese worker in the textile industry, for instance, where jeans are sold in return to the imperialist countries at a very low price, involving a high amount of human labor, with little impact of machinery, and those are sold in Berlin and Paris at 140 Euro each.

Imperialism means war, inevitably!

It is this very crisis of overproduction and over accumulation which is at the root of the dim events since mid 2008. It has been quite in vain that the media and EU governments cautiously but instantly nourished the rumors of a “recovery” from the depth of the “2008 crisis”. The speculation against Greece, the “Euro crisis”, it is nothing but the repercussions of the ongoing excess of capital which does not find any promising investments in productive areas. The EU still is involved in a massive economic crisis of capitalist overproduction. It’s industries, in particular the automotive sector, has not been but is to be massively “restructured”, i.e. re-dimensioned. World automotive production capacity is about 94 million vehicles, demand is at 55 million. How shall this be resolved? By massive destruction of capital, i.e. failure and liquidation of smaller competitors, hostile takeovers with destruction of whole brands, new, bigger, but fewer monopoly amalgamations. And, millions of job cuts!

For those automotive monopolies who survive it will be about a further brutal increase in productivity, in reducing labor costs and social contributions. Same applies to other important branches of industry in proportion to their relevant importance to the respective economy. For any “recovery”, governments of the monopolistic imperialist bourgeois states will accompany “their” capitalists by cutting back “deficit spending” for infrastructure, education, universities and schools and social security. But, even from the bourgeois standpoint of economic laws such austerity programs are not at all undisputed. And once again, we hear them shout, the agents of “Keynesianism”, reformist trade union leaders, social democrats, revisionists and “anti-capitalists”: Purchase power to the masses! That’s the way back to growth! Sorry, which growth, when there is all too much of merchandise and capital with no interest in production?

Contradictions will inevitably rise, amongst classes, as well as between competing imperialists and capitalists as the crisis lingers and its impact deepens. Chauvinism is being spread around like a cancerous cell, mobilizing “public opinion” against “the Others” who are to blame for “our dim fate” – you may choose what you like: PIGS, migrant workers, lazy-bones, social spongers, terrorists, anarchists, communists!

Since there is another means of “recovery”, which is War. There is no such massive destruction of capital as is the result of war.

Long before that, the weapons industry maybe an exit to other distressed capital, the only industry where productive capital and profits are not yet under pressure, has always been profiting from capitalist crisis.  Imperialism is revealing its ugly face when we hear that the Greek “austerity plan” does by no means affect the massive arms purchases by the Greek bourgeois government from Germany and France.

A long reactionary tradition: Greek bourgeoisie selling out the country’s independence!

Imagine this: in 2009, 4,3% of Greek GDP accounted for expenses in military build up, twice as much compared to Germany. The “aid package” was insolently linked, by French and German imperialists, to the precondition of implementing important arms purchases previously contracted: i.e. tanks from German Krauss Maffei Wegmann, eurofighters from EADS, and German negotiators achieved an integration of a previously canceled delivery contract for submarines amounting to 2,9 bn Euro alone, including an annex to the contract for further two submarines. This maneuver, launched in January 2010 by the German Foreign Minister Westerwelle, took quite some time, it may have been yet another good reason for Ms Merkel’s tactics of delaying the German decision over the “aid package”. Imagine further this: extending something like 8 bn Euro in special guarantees for Greek debt if needed, but getting back half of this in cash out of the EU aid package for Greece for sales of  military equipment, this is called “off-setting” in international arms industry. France is not less greedy: Sarkozy’s government officials insisted in reviving contracts for the delivery of 6 frigates (2,5 bn Euro) and several helicopters, contracts agreed with former Karamanlis government, then frozen when this bourgeois fraction was chased by the Greek workers’ and people’s struggles in 2008. What on earth does Greece need those weapons for? Against its own working class and people the Greek bourgeoisie who readily bows in front of imperialist powers like Germany and France, or the US, they do not need frigates, heavy battle tanks, submarines, eurofighters and the likes. Against the people’s revolt and workers class struggle for revolution they need different, less heavy military equipment. At any rate, light tanks and helicopters may be of use…..

Greece’s military build up over the past 20 years accounts for the enormous amount of 80 billion Euro, it is Germany’s second largest arms export market and, certainly, this may not be jeopardized by any austerity program!

Could this possibly be due to Greece’s delicate geographical position, close to the Dardanelles which are separating the Black Sea and the Mediterranean ? What about plans by NATO in case of any military “events” incurring sooner or later in the Eastern Mediterranean? On March 3, 2010 Papandreou paid a visit to Washington. He concluded an agreement with the US government to renounce all residual sovereign rights of Greece in the Eastern Aegis thereby placing Greece’s air and maritime sovereignty under exclusive NATO control. This part of the world has always been and, obviously, is once again prone to be exposed to belligerent competing imperialist powers and, obviously, like too often in the past, the Greek bourgeoisie is readily accepting an important role for themselves in this battle for hegemony. Imperialism means war, like Lenin said, and the deeper and longer the crisis, the more increases the danger of war. Is it necessary, though, to remind us all of the recent treaty between Russia and the Ukraine which provides for an extension of the disposal of the Krim military base to the Russian Black Sea fleet for another 25 years, not without causing a heavy punch-up in the Ukrainian parliament where the “pro EU” and anti-Russian fraction reminded of their “orange revolution” which was strongly supported by  US imperialism.

Workers and  masses of Europe: Unite!

Unless peoples of Europe understand that there is no such thing as reconciliation, with not a single imperialist interest, neither regarding the “foreign” policies, nor “at home”; in each  EU country, there is fierce conflict between capitalists, their bourgeois state, their police, their army on the one side – and the workers,  the employees and, to a larger or smaller extent, the peasants and small farmers who may be left after their majority have all been ruined already, on the other side. Unless this has become crystal clear, the sad song of  “all of us in one boat” will linger around and suffocate class struggle and the unity of the working class.

Those who are taking up the historic banner of class struggle against exploitation and oppression, like now prominently the working class and people of Greece, deserve our hearts and minds and our strong support wherever we work and live in Europe! It is the voice of international solidarity and the spark igniting class struggle that need to be put forward and speak out loud against all the lies of the bourgeois media campaigning against them.

Down with the reactionary “austerity plan” against the Greek people!

EU imperialist block – hands off of Greece!

Down with the IMF! Down with NATO! Get out of Greece!

Long live the struggle of the working class against capitalism, imperialism and war!

Long live the struggle for the proletarian revolution!

Long live international solidarity of workers and oppressed peoples !

Proletarians of all countries and oppressed peoples, unite!

Philippine Demonstration in Vienna, Austria in support of 43 detained health workers

17. April 2010

IRC-Block International Information (Vienna, Austria):

On the 16 April in Vienna/Austria, the Philippine Committee organised a demonstration in support of Philippine people’s struggle, especially the 43 detained health workers.

The demonstration was supported by Internationalist Revolutionary Communist Block (IRK-Block), Migrante-Philippine, IA*RKP, RKJV, comrades from Iran and Afghanistan and others. It started with a rally in front of the Dutch embassy near Vienna Opera Square informing the people about the situation in the Philippines and the 43 detained health workers and demanding from the Dutch government a regular status as political refugees and full citizen rights for Prof. Joma Sison and the Philippine political refugees in the Netherlands. During the rally a large picture of Comrade Sison and a poster with the demands was posted at the building of the Dutch embassy.

In a longer statement IA*RKP informed about people’s struggle in the Philippines under the leadership of CPP and the advances of NPA in the recent months.

The demonstration marched through the the city centre of Vienna chanting slogans and distributing flyers informing about the demands and background. At the builidng of the Philippine embassy at Schwedenplatz was a second rally. There among others a speaker of Migrante-Philippine held a fiery speech mentioning the ever increasing brutalities of the US-Arroyo-puppet regime.