From En Marcha #1737, August 10-16
Central Organ of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Ecuador

Political Declaration of the Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations of Latin America

The meeting of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations of Latin America carried out a frank and fraternal debate on the economic, political and social scenario in which this region is developing. In those circumstances, it made a detailed examination of the economic, political and social situation in the region and of each country; it has adopted its position and from this analysis a set of tasks has been set forth that will be developed in the coming period.

Latin America is facing the consequences of the economic crisis; the significant incomes that the region received from the sale of raw materials is not continuing, the fall in the international prices of raw materials is causing a contraction of its economy and in several countries the destructive effects of the recession is already being felt. The backward capitalist structure and the weight of imperialist domination, regardless of the country or power that has supremacy, are the fundamental cause of this situation. The various openly right-wing governments and the so-called progressive governments are not essentially different in representing and serving the interests of the bourgeoisie and the monopolies that plunder the natural resources, exploit and impoverish the workers and peoples.

The ruling classes and their governments propose as an alternative to further open up the region to foreign investment, they seek to sign free trade agreements, privatize public /property and increase the external debt; these prescriptions of a clear neoliberal type deepen the backwardness and the subjugation to imperialist domination.

The capitalist concentration and accumulation of wealth in a few hands has made the region one of the most unequal in the world. Wages remain frozen and do not cover basic needs, poverty is increasing, millions of Latin Americans lack secure employment, especially the youth; and the budgets for education and public health are being cut considerably.

The governments, whether they are openly right-wing or so-called progressive, worn out by their anti-people and anti-national policies, eaten away by scandalous corruption, are attacking the popular movement, restricting the right to organize, the freedom of expression and demonstration, criminalizing social protest and repressing and imprisoning social activists.

Nevertheless, the workers and peoples, youth, women, the indigenous movement in Latin America are facing these policies with important demonstrations, uprisings and strikes, with the occupation of plazas and highways, of varying size and scope, in which they are demanding the right to land, work, housing, health care and education; they are demanding respect for human rights, demanding freedom and democracy.

In the immediate future the crisis will reach new levels in its breadth and depth, affecting broad sectors of the people. There is growing discontent and rejection of the governments of the bourgeoisie by those who will demand their most pressing needs and their rights that have been taken away.

In this scenario we revolutionaries must make every effort to unify the popular movement, so that these struggles achieve victories and prepare the masses for new levels of struggle. One must carefully analyze these events and take a position at each particular moment, in the midst of the complex contradictions that exist, in order to raise the revolutionary consciousness of the masses, reaffirming the need for revolution and socialism.

Revolutionary Communist Party of Brazil
Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist)
Communist Party of Labor of the Dominican Republic
Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Ecuador
Communist Party of Mexico (Marxist-Leninist)
Peruvian Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist)
Party of Communists USA
February 28 Revolutionary Organization of Uruguay

Quito, July 2016.

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