Open Letter to all participants of the virtual Latin American and US conference organized by FIT-U (Argentina) on 30 and 31 July and 1 August
By the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 30 July 2020, www.thecommunists.net
Dear comrades of the alliance FIT-U as well as other participants!
First, we want to congratulate the comrades in FIT-U for organizing this conference. We are living in the midst of the most turbulent world situation within the last 50 years. Hence, it is highly urgent to make a step forward in discussing and coordinating the resistance against the offensive of the ruling class.
For that reason the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) would have liked to participate in the conference with the right to speak. With such a request we sent a letter to FIT-U respectively its individual parties (PTS, PO, IS and MST) on 22 July. Soon we were informed that this had provoked a controversial discussion among the organizers since some supported and others opposed our participation. Finally, we were informed officially – less than 24 hours before the beginning of the conference – by a comrade from the FIT-U National Bureau that we could not participate in the conference since there was no consensus about this.
We note this decision with regret. Of course, we are aware that there exist profound political differences between the RCIT and individual parties within FIT-U. To name just two examples we refer to the support of the PO leadership for imperialist China and Russia against U.S. imperialism or the scandalous vote of the three FIT-U deputies (belonging to PTS and PO) in the BA city parliament on 18 June for a pro-Zionist bill (which was “rectified” only 9 days later after many protests). However, we don’t think these are legitimate reasons to exclude us from speaking at this conference since similar profound differences also exist between the different forces within FIT-U.
Nevertheless, we want to take the opportunity to address all participants of the conference in this Open Letter and to put forward what, in our opinion, should be the next steps forward. As we have done so extensively in other documents (see Appendix), we will only summarize what we consider as the most important steps.
In our view, revolutionaries should enter in serious discussion and collaboration on the basis of broad agreement on the most important issues of the global class struggle in the current world situation.
1) For an emergency health program against the Corona Virus! Down with the draconic Lockdown policy and the expansion of state bonapartism under the cover of the COVID-19 pandemic! Against all attacks on democratic rights!
2) Unconditional support for the global wave of popular uprisings without lending political support to reformist and populist leaderships. From Chile to the U.S., from Hong Kong to Idlib, from Palestine to Kashmir and from Lebanon to Catalunya – for a single global Intifada!
3) Down with the Great Power rivalry! No support for any imperialist power (U.S., China, EU, Russia and Japan)! Defend the oppressed people against imperialist aggression!
Naturally, these are only the most burning issues of the current world situation. A platform around these questions could not replace a complete program. But it could constitute an important starting point for close discussion and collaboration. Likewise, we could initiate together international solidarity campaigns on such issues.
In other words, we could make a step forward in building a Revolutionary World Party. This is what the RCIT is fighting for and we look forward to work together with other revolutionaries in such a spirit!
Comrades, this conference constitutes an opportunity to march forward. It is an opportunity which should not be missed!
International Secretariat of the RCIT
For those interested in the positions of the RCIT we refer to the following documents respectively compilations of our documents:
The Global Popular Uprising against Racism and Police Violence: https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/global/the-global-popular-uprising-against-racism-and-police-violence/
COVID-19 Counterrevolution and pandemic: https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/global/collection-of-articles-on-the-2019-corona-virus/
Great Power Rivalry: https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/china-russia-as-imperialist-powers/