International Communist Movement

International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organisations

Caracas - Venezuela, October 1998

In October, an International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organisations was held in Venezuela. Eight parties and organisations from the American and European continents participated in the Conference: Communist Party of Chile (Proletarian Action), Communist Party of Labour of the Dominican Republic, Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Ecuador, Workers' Communist Party of France, Communist Party of Mexico, Communist Organisation 'October' of Spain, Revolutionary Communist Party of Turkey and Red Flag Party of Venezuela (Bandera Roja). Some parties and organisations which could not participate in the Conference for financial and technical reasons sent messages of solidarity and stated that they would support the decisions of the Conference. Among them are the parties and organisations from Tunisia, Upper Volta, Benin, Italy, Germany, Greece, Albania, Iran, Colombia and the Antilles.

The main agenda of the Conference was 'Anti-imperialist struggle and the tasks of the communist parties'. Following the discussions on this question, a joint statement was declared. The focus of the discussions was the tasks and the responsibilities of the genuine communist parties, under the present conditions where the workers' and working peoples' movement has a new ascending trend on a world scale, in order to prevent the reformist, revisionist, social democrat and class collaborationist currents from diverting once more the movement from its path.

Among other decisions taken were the continuation of the half-yearly publication of Unity & Struggle, the journal of the Conference, and improving its content; the continuation of the international solidarity campaigns; the organisation of regional and continental meetings; and the organisation of various activities which could draw outside parties and organisations.


In the month of October the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations was held in Venezuela. In an atmosphere of comradeship the Conference made a summary of its activities from its last meeting until today; it analyzed the present international situation, emphasizing the situation of imperialism; and it established the tasks to which all the member parties and organizations are committed.

In the summary of its activities the Conference emphasized the advances in relations with other parties; the distribution of the journal 'Unity and Struggle', the development of the campaigns of solidarity with Francisco Caraballo, Commander of the EPL [Popular Liberation Army] and First Secretary of the Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist), today a prisoner of the reactionary government of his country; and for the appearance alive of Comrade Gregory Alvarado, a leader of the Communist Party of Mexico (Marxist-Leninist), victim of the repression of the Mexican government. It emphasized as well the carrying out of important events, such as the International Meeting of Trade Unionists held in France, the Seminar on the Problems of the Revolution in Latin America held in Quito, the International Camp of Anti-Fascist and Anti-Imperialist Youth, and the commemorative edition of the 150th Anniversary of the Communist Manifesto, published in various languages and countries.

Concerning the situation of imperialism and the struggles of the working class and peoples of the world, an interesting debate developed at Conference, in which the representatives of each of the parties present expressed its view on the general crisis of the world capitalist system and how it effects the workers and the other exploited and oppressed sectors of our countries, establishing, among other things, that this crisis has reached the point of becoming an obstacle to the development of society and today (imperialism) maintains itself as the dominant system principally by the force which economic domination gives it and by its monopoly of the instruments of violence.

It also emphasized the advances in the struggle which the working class and peoples of all the countries are waging against capitalist exploitation and for liberation from colonial neo-colonial domination.

The Conference considered that, 'given the fundamental tendencies of the economic, political and social process taking place on a world level, today it is even more necessary to develop an anti-imperialist policy which leads to the formation of a World Anti-Imperialist Front.'

It emphasized and obligation of each of the Marxist-Leninist parties and organizations to place themselves at the head of the struggles taking place, to give them correct orientation on the theoretical and political level, especially in confrontation with all the opportunist and revisionist currents which, relying on old and new theses, seek to divert the struggles of the workers in order to maintain them under the domination of capital.

A series of tasks was agreed upon to which the parties participating in the Conference are committed, emphasizing especially an international campaign of solidarity with comrade Gregorio Alvarado, demanding his reappearance alive, and the campaign of urgent action for the freedom of comrade Francisco Caraballo.

It was agreed to dedicate all the work carried out by the Conference to the memory of comrade Washington Alvarez, an outstanding leader of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Ecuador, who died recently.

The Conference agreed on the agenda and site of the next meeting.

Finally, the Conference expressed its gratitude to the Red Flag Party for the efforts it made to guarantee the successful holding of the Meeting.

Caracas, Venezuela, October 1998.

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