MayDay Greetings from the RCIT
Dear comrades, brother and sisters!
The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) sends its warmest internationalist May Day greetings to all working class and socialist organizations and liberation movements.
Around the world the working class and the oppressed are fighting against poverty, repression and war. The Arab Revolution, the general strikes in Greece, Spain, Portugal and other countries, the Occupation movement, the heroic liberation struggle of the Palestinian people, the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, the Balochi people in Pakistan, the Tuareg in Mali and of many other people – they are all testimony for the unbroken desire of people to fight for their rights.
However our struggles often fail to win. What is lacking is a revolutionary party nationally and internationally which can give the necessary leadership for those struggles. Reformist trade union bureaucrats, Stalinism and Social democracy, petty-bourgeois libertarian forces, nationalist or religions forces – they are all incapable and/or unwilling to fight for a perspective which can achieve a socialist world.
It is the central task of all consistent socialist forces to build a revolutionary party. Such a party must have a program to smash the capitalist regime by a socialist revolution and it must be rooted in the working class. We can only succeed in this task if we base ourselves on Lenin’s and Trotsky’s lessons from the history of the Bolshevik Party and later the Third and Fourth International. We have no reason to make any concessions to the various new-fashioned critics of Bolshevism. They represent the vacillations of the progressive sectors amongst the petty bourgeoisie.
To move forward in our struggle we have to defend and develop Marxism as the scientific doctrine of the working class liberation struggle. We must build fighting organizations rooted amongst the workers and the oppressed. We must consistently fight against all forms of petty-bourgeois influence in the working class and liberation movements which comes from the bureaucracy, the libertarians, the nationalists and the centrists.
The comrades in the RCIT in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, USA and Austria are dedicated to build such a party nationally and internationally. We want to join forces with all consistent socialist activists and organizations. We invite comrades to study our views and in particular our new programme. Those documents can be read on the RCIT website:
Workers and Oppressed, Unite!
Forward in building the Fifth Workers’ International on a revolutionary basis!
Michael Pröbsting and Shujat Liaqat (for the RCIT)
RKOB Report of the multinational MayDay Demonstration 2012 in Vienna/Austria (RKOB is the Austrian section of the RCIT, www.thecommunists.net)
This year we organized – as we are doing since 2005 – a multinational, internationalist MayDay Demonstration in Vienna (Austria). It was called by a united front in which – in addition to the Revolutionary Communist Organisation for Liberation (RKOB) and the youth organisation RED*REVOLUTION – various Stalinist, Maoist and centrist organisations took part. Of particular importance is the participation of several organisations of Turkish and Kurdish migrants but also from other countries. Around 1.500 people joined the demonstration.
This demonstration is organised in addition to the demonstrations of the social democrats – which is the biggest – and of the Communist Party. The social democratic bureaucracy of course doesn’t tolerate any other organisation at the demonstration. And the Communist Party also does not accept speakers and equal rights for organisations which are not allied with them. As a result we initiated in 2005 together with others the internationalist MayDay demonstration. Since then the size of the CP MayDay demonstration has declined to a few hundred participants.
As in the years before Michael Pröbsting, spoke person of the RKOB, was a main organiser of the demonstration. At the rally before the demonstration started, he introduced the speakers and presented the goals of the united front. In a speech at the end of the demonstration he said: “Together we as workers and oppressed will fight for world of freedom, without exploitation and oppression, a socialist world!”
Nina Gunić spoke at the demonstration as the representative of the RKOB. She emphasized that to fight the capitalists it is necessary to unite the various national sectors of the working class on the basis of equality and the struggle against any form of discrimination. She finished her speech by calling in three languages “Long live the international solidarity!”: “Yaşasın Enternasyonal Dayanışma! Hoch die Internationale Solidarität! Živila internacionalna solidarnost!“
Johannes Wiener addressed the demonstration as a spoke person for RED*REVOLUTION. He expressed our opposition against another imperialist war of the USA and Israel against Iran and called for the victory of the revolution in Syria. Relating to the latest events in Northern Africa, he said: “We are in solidarity with the insurrection of the Tuareg people in Mali! We stand for Permanente Revolution and a free and socialist Azawad!“
RKOB and RED*REVOLUTION formed a militant, well-organised contingent at the demonstration. Our character as an internationalist, working class organisation was emphasized both by the multinational, proletarian composition of our contingent as well as by the various slogans we shouted in German, Turkish, Serbo-Croatian, Slovakian and English. Our contingent had two banners. The banner of RED*REVOLUTION read “Against Exploitation, Unemployment, War, Oppression and Racism! For socialism through Revolution!” The RKOB banner showed the heads of the most important Marxist leaders and read: “Marx, Engels, Luxemburg, Lenin, Trotsky: In their spirit we will fight and win!”
In addition to this we addressed the participants of the social democratic demonstration by selling the May issue of the RKOB paper and having a book stall. All in all our intervention at the demonstration showed the progress which we made in the last 12 month.
Pictures of the demonstration can be found in the multi-media section of the RKOB website: http://www.rkob.net/multimedia/bilder-1-mai-2012/
Videos of our contingent and of the speeches of Nina Gunić, Johannes Wiener and Michael Pröbsting can also be found in the multi-media section of the RKOB website: http://www.rkob.net/multimedia/video-1-mai-2012/