Macedonia: Stop the Police Violence! Support the National Self-Determination of the Albanian Minority!
For a Workers and Peasants Government! For a Socialist Federation of the Balkan People!
Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 8.5.2015, www.thecommunists.net
Thousands of people have demonstrated against the right-wing conservative government after the social democratic opposition published wiretapping material, exposing corruption in the ruling VMRO party as well as the conspiracy of the government regarding the death of a 22 year old Martin Nešovski who has been beaten to death by a police officer in 2011.
In addition, the Albanian minority – constituting at least ¼ of Macedonia’s population – has started again protesting against their long-time discrimination. They staged an armed uprising in 2001 under the leadership of the petty-bourgeois nationalist UCK.
The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) supports the democratic protests against police violence and against the conservative and chauvinist government. The workers and youth must create self-defense units in order to fight back against police brutality and to defend their democratic rights. We say: As long as the capitalist class and their puppets in the army, police and judiciary have the power in their hands, the working people will remain oppressed and exploited by them! The only road out of the misery is the seizure of power by the working class!
Equally the RCIT fully support the struggle of the Albanian people for national self-determination. Our support includes the Albanians right to separate and create a joint state with their Albanian brothers and sisters in Kosova, Albania, Serbia and Montenegro.
The RCIT opposes the interference of the imperialist powers – be it the US, EU or Russia and China. They all try to subjugate and exploit Macedonia in order to utilize its crucial geographical position in the Balkans (e.g. for the route of energy supplies from Russia and Turkey to Western Europe).
We repeat that the lessons of the past show the necessity that the workers and oppressed people create a revolutionary party as part of a world party for socialist revolution! The RCIT is an international revolutionary combat organization with sections and activists in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Tunisia, Israel / Occupied Palestine, Brazil, Britain, USA and Austria. We ask all revolutionaries to join us in the struggle to build such a world party!
* Stop the police violence! For the creation of self-defense units to defend demonstrations and oppositional political activities!
* Down with the conservative and chauvinist VRMO government! For a workers and peasants government!
* Support the Albanians struggle for national self-determination including the right to secession! For a socialist federation of the Balkan people!
* No to imperialist interference! US, EU, Russia and China: Hands off Macedonia!