To the workers and peoples of the world, to the democratic, progressive and revolutionary forces
This event, which was held in an atmosphere of enthusiasm and high communist spirit, unanimously approved the report presented by the Coordination Committee to which were referred the activities carried out since the previous Plenum. It emphasised those related to the commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the October Revolution, an activity that, among others aspects, was expressed in the publication in Spanish, English, Russian, French, Italian, Turkish, Portuguese, German, Greek, Basque, Catalonian and Galician of the Declaration of the Conference. In addition, the special issue No. 15 of the journal Unity and Struggle was published in various languages, and various meetings, conferences, mass rallies, radio and TV programmes, etc. took place.
The 13th Plenum of the Conference also dealt with the theme of Socialism, which was debated in an important manner, arriving at the need to deepen the study and debate in each organisation and in the next Plenary. It was recommended to write the evaluation and the contribution of the parties should be sent opportunely to the Coordination Committee. It was decided that the study and the analyses of this theme should be linked to the struggle that the working class and the peoples of the world are carrying on against the bourgeoisie and imperialism. This theoretical struggle is part of the struggle against the reactionary bourgeois and capitalist theories.
The 13th Plenum adopted certain resolutions, among which were: 1) On Pakistan, condemning the state of emergency and the repression against the people; 2) Iran, denouncing the preparations of the Zionism and imperialism for aggression against this country; 3) Kurdistan, demanding the rights of the Kurdish people to their self-determination; 4) Against the Treaty of the European Union, which is becoming another superpower; 5) Denouncing the revival of xenophobia in Europe and in solidarity with immigrants.
Additionally, various activities were approved to be held in 2008, among them:
To commemorate the Centennial of the birth of the outstanding and exemplary communist Enver Hoxha, in October of 2008.
To call for participation in the Seminar ‘The building of the European Union as a new superpower’ organised by the fraternal party of Denmark, October of 2008.
To call on the workers to participate in the International Trade Union Meeting that will be held in May of 2008 in Europe.
To call on the youths of the world to participate in the International Camp of Anti-Fascist and Anti-Imperialist Youth to be held in Brazil, at the end of July and beginning of August of 2008.
To carry out various activities for the 55th anniversary of the death of comrade Stalin.
To carry out an intense publicity campaign around the Statement ‘The international situation and our tasks’ and to publish numbers 16 and 17 of the journal Unity and Struggle, organ of the ICMLPO.
Finally, we announce that the 13th Plenum approved the site for the next Plenum, set its work plan and concluded by electing a new Coordination Committee.<>December, 2007
On November 3, General Pervez Musharraf, who came to power by means of a military coup, declared a state of emergency after proclaiming himself president of the country. In that way the constitutional cover with which the military regime protected itself has disappeared. As soon as the state of emergency was announced, thousands of trade unionists, students, defenders of Human Rights, as well as leaders of the opposition were arrested. Many people have been wounded in confrontations with the police.
Nine years ago in Pakistan, the military regime of Musharraf trampled on the fundamental rights and political liberties. The International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organisations (ICMLPO) looks anxiously upon the latest events in Pakistan, condemns the declaration of the state of emergency, which is contrary to the aspirations of the majority of the population. The ICMLPO supports to the Pakistani people in their struggles against the military regime and demands the lifting of the state of emergency and others repressive measures
The threats of intervention and occupation against Iran are being stepped up. U.S. imperialism, in carrying out its plans, is increasing the pressure in order to take over the oil fields of Iran and to control the Persian Gulf. The United States is trying to reinforce its position of superiority in competition with other imperialist forces and blocs, as well as to advance its strategic positions in the framework of the ‘Greater Middle East Project’. They are preparing the terrain for a military attack against Iran to crush it and convert it into a colony, as they have done with Afghanistan and Iraq. The peoples of Iran and the forces for peace in the world should not be deceived by the propagandistic lies of Yankee imperialism about democracy, and they will know how to resist in case of aggression.
Meanwhile we the ICMLPO denounce the aggressive plans of U.S. imperialism and Zionism against Iran, and we declare our total solidarity with the anti-imperialist resistance in the region. For some time Turkey has been carrying out preparations for invasion and of military operation against the North of Iraq (the autonomous Region of Kurdistan). They have recently increased their threats, blackmail and concrete preparations. The real objective of the possible intervention, which the Turkish government presents as the only solution for putting an end to the ‘terrorist threat’, is to prevent the struggle of the Kurdish people for their freedom and the right to self-determination.
Turkey, as a country of great strategic importance and military strength in the region, is acting with imperial ambitions. Turkish reaction, which is voluntarily collaborating with U.S. imperialism, has maintained its position of not recognising the rights of the Kurdish people. The Kurdish problem is a political question of self-determination for a people which has been divided historically among various countries of the region. The solution to this problem cannot be military; it must be a political solution of recognition of equality of rights.
The International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organisations condemns the interventionist activities of the reactionaries of Turkey, and gives its total solidarity to the struggle of the Kurdish people for its freedom.
The 13th Plenum of the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organisations greets the commanders and fighters of the People’s Liberation Army (EPL) on its 40th anniversary of struggle and combat against U.S. imperialism and the lackey bourgeoisie and in favour of the revolution and the socialism.
This military detachment of the Colombian people has had to endure tests against the internal and class enemies which have been very severe. However, under the wise leadership of the Communist Party of Colombia Marxist-Leninist, today it has taken its place among the vanguard of the working class and peoples of the world, contributing in the sphere of armed struggle to successes in the accumulation of forces for the seizure of power.
Imperialism, especially U.S. imperialism, is increasing its fascist offensive against the peoples of the world, in Latin America and in particular in Colombia, with their plan of extermination called Plan Colombia. The EPL, together with the proletariat and peoples and other manifestations of the guerrilla and mass struggle, has dealt harsh blows and defeats to the strategy of recolonisation of the continent. These struggles are in addition to the national liberation struggles in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine, and to the victories obtained by the workers and peoples by other methods in Venezuela, Ecuador and Cuba, adding more and more victories in the anti-imperialist struggle.
We send our message of solidarity to Comrade Francisco Caraballo, your public spokesperson, and to all the commanders and fighters detained in the cells to which they have been confined by imperialism and Colombian reaction. The sacrifices in lives that our comrades of the EPL have made are not in vain. On the contrary, they fertilise the countryside and cities, from where there arise more and more fighters for social change and revolution. We express to them our joy for the celebration of such a great event.<>Long Live the Peoples Liberation Army
The European Constitution tries to indelibly set neo-liberalism and to impose it on all of the countries of the EU as the only possible policy. However, it was clearly and massively rejected by the workers and peoples of France and the Netherlands, who were consulted by means of referenda. Since then, opposition to that plan, which is for the exclusive benefit of the monopolies, has not stopped growing and the European Commission has continued to impose neo-liberal directives and to accelerate the process of privatisation of public services, of transportation, energy, education, health, etc.
All the governments, particularly those of Germany, France, Spain and Italy, have agreed to language that recognises the full content of the Constitution, but they are trying hard to formulate it in the technocratic language of earlier European treaties.
Together with the peoples of the European Union, we denounce and fight against that ‘modified’ treaty which reinforces the power of the monopolies and which is one more step in the building of an imperialist power, in competition with the others, against the workers and peoples.
We support the demand of the peoples to be consulted by a referendum, so that they can show their opposition to that treaty.
In the last months we are witnessing in Europe an increase of racism, xenophobia and attacks of a racist and fascist character against immigrant workers and anti-fascist, progressive and left-wing militants.
These attacks are linked to a general process of reduction of freedoms promoted by the most reactionary forces of the European oligarchy, to the economic crisis that is beginning to affect the capitalist economy, and to the criminalisation of immigrant workers by the European governments. These immigrants are demagogically targeted by the reactionary, extreme right and fascist forces as being responsible for the crisis. This is an attempt to play off the immigrant workers against the native-born workers, dividing the working class. Likewise we point out that in some countries there is a disturbing wave of activity of extreme right and fascist gangs who are protected, tolerated and financed by the most reactionary bourgeois forces.
As a result, the ICMLPO calls on all the progressive and left-wing forces to confront the increase of racism and xenophobia, and the danger of the fascist gangs in some countries. The struggle against racism and xenophobia should be confronted jointly by the immigrant and the native-born workers, jointly breaking the policy of isolation and division by nationalities that the bourgeoisie practices. It is necessary that the immigrant workers understand the importance of uniting and joining in the class, trade union and political organisations, together with the native-born workers in the struggle for their common rights, confronting the European big bourgeoisie which is responsible for the economic and social crisis that is striking the working class.Europe
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