A speech delivered by Michael Pröbsting at the “International Legal Symposium on Banning the Baath Party Law and ablation and the crime of war and occupation in Iraq” in Beirut on 24 September 2016
Published by the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency, 28 September 2016, www.thecommunists.net
Below we refer you to the video of a speech delivered by Michael Pröbsting, the International Secretary of the RCIT, at the “International Legal Symposium on Banning the Baath Party Law and ablation and the crime of war and occupation in Iraq”, held in Beirut on 24 September 2016. Comrade Pröbsting was invited to address the conference in a speech delivered during the opening ceremony.
The conference was organized by forces associated with the Arab Organization for Human Rights (http://aohr.org.uk). It dealt with the political and legal means available to protest against new legislation being instituted by the pro-US and pro-Iranian government of Iraq with the aim of criminalizing the Baath party and all its supporters. The conference also discussed the consequences of the horrendous imperialist wars of aggression against the Iraq (in 1991 and 2003) and the subsequent occupation in the wake of the latter war.
You can view the video of comrade Pröbsting’s speech at:
Speech of Michael Pröbsting (International Secretary of the RCIT) at the PCL Festival in Italy, 4.9.2016, www.thecommunists.net
The Italian Partito Comunista dei Lavoratori (PCL) held a festival in Florence on 1-4 September to celebrate the party’s 10th anniversary. In several meetings conducted during the festival, the comrades discussed the national situation in Italy, the struggle for women’s liberation, and the international class struggle.
Several international guests participated at the festival, including Michael Pröbsting, the International Secretary of the RCIT. Below we release a video of comrade Pröbsting’s speech in English and Italian.
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OENvfNBxdfw&feature=youtu.be
By Revolutionary Communist Organization BEFREIUNG (RKOB, Austrian Section of the RCIT), 31 August 2016, www.rkob.net
The national leadership of the Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ) has informed the Austrian section of the RCIT (RKOB) that it will be barred from participating in the party’s annual festival this year on 3/4 September. For decades the KPÖ has been holding an annual festival, the Austrian version of the L’Humanité Fête of the French Communist Party or various other Communist Parties in Europe.
For 25 years, we, whether as part of our recursor organizations or as the RKOB since its founding in 2011, have participated the CP’s annual festival with a stall paid for by us, like many other progressive organizations. However, the leadership of the CP recently informed us that this year we will not be allowed to set up a stall. In a letter sent by the CP to the RKOB, the explanation given for barring our participation were “serious differences on important international questions (your viewpoint on Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, the situation in Iraq, in Syria and in particular your viewpoint on IS).”
As we have reported in the past, the Communist Party of Austria has been a main opponent of the Austrian section of the RCIT for many years, and continually takes exception to our consistent anti-imperialist, anti-racist and anti-Zionist program and practices; practices we have put into operation, for example, by organizing numerous activities against imperialist wars, solidarity with the Palestinian resistance and the Arab Revolution, in the struggle against Islamophobia and racism, and in our collaboration with migrant communities. On May Day of 2016 we organized a successful internationalist demonstration together with Syrian, Egyptian, Arab-Iranian, Tunisian and Latin American migrants. (1)
As a result, the Communist Party of Austria has felt itself obliged to publish various polemics attacking our organization and, in light of our increasing popularity and strength, it is now attempting to silence us via bureaucratic measures. (2)
These bureaucratic measures are the logical result of the CP’s reformist and social-imperialist policy. It is the sister party of the French Communist Party which voted for the introduction of French president Hollande’s emergency regime against Muslim migrants and its imperialist war in Iraq. The Communist Party of Austria also maintains friendly relations with the Iraqi Communist Party which has a record of collaboration with the US occupation. Furthermore, the CP has a record of collaboration with radical pro-Zionist organizations. The CP’s youth organization, for example, was among the organizers of pro-Israel rallies during the Gaza war in 2012 under the slogan “Free Gaza from Hamas”! (3)
Irrespective of the CP’s efforts to hinder our work, as the Austrian section of the RCIT, we in the RKOB will continue our revolutionary work in solidarity with all oppressed peoples and against the great imperialist powers and their social-imperialist lackeys.
For a more detailed statement in German on the CPA’s decision to bar the RKOB from its annual festival, see: Almedina Gunić: Anti-Imperialismus und Palästina-Solidarität– Die großen Feindbilder der KPÖ. Über den Ausschluss der RKO BEFREIUNG vom Volksstimmefest 2016, 31. August 2016, http://www.rkob.net/inland/betrieb-und-arbeiterbewegung/kpoe-vs-fest-2016/
(1) See the Report on May Day 2016 in Austria: Joint Resistance against Racist Attacks. Forceful, militant, internationalist demonstration despite racist attacks, Report (with Pictures and Videos) on the multinational, internationalist demonstration in Vienna marking May Day 2016 organized by the Revolutionary Communist Organization LIBERATION, http://www.thecommunists.net/rcit/report-may-day-2016-in-austria/
(2) See, for example,. the CPA’s polemics against the RKOB during the Gaza war in 2014 and at the beginning of the new imperialist drive in Iraq and Syria: Roland Steixner: "Revolutionärer" Wahnsinn, KPÖ, 08.10.2014, http://www.kpoe.at/home/anzeige/datum/2014/10/08/revolutionaerer-wahnsinn.html; KPÖ Wien: Stoppt das Morden - Gewalt ist keine Lösung, 18. Juli 2014 http://wien.kpoe.at/article.php/stoppt-das-morden---gewalt-ist-keine-los. Our reply to these polemics can be appear in an article in Germany by Michael Pröbsting: Die KPÖ und Obamas Krieg im Nahen Osten. Antwort auf eine neuerliche KPÖ-Polemik gegen die RKO BEFREIUNG, 25.10.2014, http://www.rkob.net/international/nordafrika-und-arabischer-raum/kp%C3%B6-und-obamas-krieg/; Michael Pröbsting: Gaza-Krieg: Israel-freundliche KPÖ verleumdet erneut die RKO-BEFREIUNG, 25.7.2014, http://www.rkob.net/international/nordafrika-und-arabischer-raum/israelfreund-kpoe/
By Revolutionary Communist Organization LIBERATION (Austrian Section of the RCIT), 29 August 2016, www.rkob.net
Michael Pröbsting and Johannes Wiener, leaders of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), were recently invited by the Austrian Television channel OKTO TV (http://okto.tv/). They appeared in the TV show “Aswan TV” on 28 August which is often dedicated to issues relevant to migrants.
Our comrades were asked by the presenter Alessandra Mayerhofer-Rametta, a journalist who reported for many years from war regions in Africa and the Middle East, to report about the goals and the campaigns of the Austrian Section of the RCIT.
Our comrades Pröbsting and Wiener presented the communist ideas and activities for one hour in German language. You can watch the whole TV show here:
Report on the Activities around the 20th June 2016, Revolutionary Communist International Tendency, www.thecommunists.net, 26.6.2016
The 20th June is the World Refugee Day and a very important possibility to show internationalist solidarity with refugees. This year the Revolutionary Communist Internationalist Tendency organized a number of meetings and participated in demonstrations around this important day.
Our comrades in Brazil hold a meeting in the camping of Frente Brasil Popular in Sao Paulo. They discussed about the revolutionary period we live in, the imperialist wars, the counterrevolutionary attempts in Latin America and the importance of solidarity with refugees and all oppressed. Our comrade Joao Evangelista held a speech on the need of anti-imperialist actions.
In Israel/Occupied Palestine our comrades met with activists at a concert which was organized to fundraise for legal defense of an anti-fascist. The anti-fascist activist attacked the Zionist Yoav Eliassy aka “the Shadow” who is a well known fascist rapper. They discussed about the need of organizing self defense against fascists as well as in defense of refugees, migrants and nationally oppressed. Especially in Occupied Palestine it means also to stand in absolute unity with the Palestinian resistance against the Apartheid state Israel.
Our supporters in Britain participated in the actions around the Aid Convoy to Calais. They also discussed with other activists and sold the LIBERATION (newspaper of the RCIT supporters in Britain). The Aid Convoy to Calais was an important sign of protest against the racist politic of the British government. It attracted a number of workers and oppressed, mainly migrants to get active around the World Refugee Day.
The comrades in Austria participated in two demonstrations. One demonstration was against the fascist organization of the Identitäre Bewegung, a Europe wide fascist organization with origins in France (Le Bloc identitaire). The other demonstration was on the 20th June itself and was focused on slogans in solidarity with refugees. The RKOB also participated in a public meeting with migrants and refugees from Iran who belong to the national oppressed minority of the Ahwaz people. Comrade Michael Pröbsting was invited to hold a speech to the brothers and sisters.
Also our comrades from the Dördüncü Blok in Turkey (with whom the RCIT keeps comradely relations) participated in a rally on the World Refugee Day. They raised the slogan of international solidarity as well as slogans against imperialism and racism.
All in all it was an important and successful week of actions for the comrades of the RCIT and our comrades from Dördüncü Blok! We look forward to fight together with our brothers and sisters who are coming as refugees to Europe. We stand together against racism, against imperialist war and bloody dictators like Assad in Syria and Sisi in Egypt! We demand: Open the borders and let us fight together for the right to stay. Long live international solidarity!
Report (with photographs and videos) on an Austrian Rally in Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution on 30 September 2016, RKO BEFREIUNG (Austrian Section of the RCIT), www.rkob.net
The Syrian community in Austria called for a rally in solidarity with Aleppo on Friday, 30 September 2016. More than 200 people – mostly Syrian migrants and refugees – participated in the rally and shouted various slogans against the Assad regime as well as against the US and Russia and for the continuation of the Syrian Revolution.
The organizers – the Austrian Coordination Council for Support of the Syrian Revolution – invited the Revolutionary Communist Organization LIBERATION (RKO BEFREIUNG, Austrian Section of the RCIT) to participate in the rally and to address it. Comrade Michael Pröbsting, International Secretary of the RCIT, and comrade Marek Hangler, Spokesperson of the Austrian section of the RCIT, emphasized in their speeches the need for international solidarity with the Syrian Revolution. Furthermore, they stressed our intransigent opposition to both Russian and US imperialist intervention in the conflict and warned against a Kerry-Lavrov agreement as a sell-out of the Syrian Revolution. They said that the only road to liberation is for the working people in Syria to take power.
Not surprisingly, not a single Austrian left-wing organization except ours joined the rally. This reflects the abstentionist or even pro-Assadist position of large sectors of the Stalinist, social democratic and centrist left, as well as the increasing Islamophobia in Europe, something which regrettably has also infected the so-called “left”.
To view photographs and videos of the rally, follow this link: http://www.rkob.net/wer-wir-sind-1/rkob-aktiv-bei/syrien-30-september-2016/ (scroll down)