On the Situation in Catalonia

What is happening in Catalonia? This nation, located in several regions where the culture is Catalan (Valencia, Baleares, Andorra, …), mainly in the Spanish State and partly in the French State, has a quickly evolving political situation with an unprecedented political crisis. Since 2015, the Generalitat Government (the political organization holding regional executive and legislative power in this “autonomous community”, which was integrated centuries ago into the Spanish State) has promised to move towards independence. To this end, the Generalitat convened a referendum on October 1, 2017.

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One Year From the Death of Adama Traoré

On July 19 2016, on his birthday, Adama Traoré died of asphyxiation during a stop by the gendarmes of Beaumont. Very quickly, bourgeois “justice” denied the crime of the gendarmes; the public prosecutor declared that Adama had a “cardiac malaise” following a “very serious infection” adding even that there were “traces of cannabis” in Adama’s blood, all in order to blame the victim. Up against a united family and close friends who demanded justice for their son, brother or friend over a year, the steamroller of bourgeois justice has not ceased in piling on intimidation after intimidation to silence them and stifle the case of Adama Traoré’s murder.

Complaints, arrests, police custody, imprisonment, and threats have been part of the daily reality of the Traoré family and their relatives since the death of Adama. In December, Bagui Traoré, Adama’s brother, was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment with detention and a two years’ ban from Beaumont sur Oise. He and his brother Youssouf must also pay the gendarmes a total of 7,400 euros!

In March, Yacouba, Cheikne, Dooums, and Youssouf were arrested by Beaumont gendarmes. Cheikne Traoré was arrested at 6 am by two gendarmes in plain clothes who had posted up on the bus he takes to work. They were supported by ten colleagues who shouted the bus to a stop on a roundabout. A police measure worthy of the arrest of a leader of high banditry, permitting the criminalizatino of Cheikne Traoré but also used to keep the inhabitants of the working-class districts in fear of repression.

Dooums, a friend of Adama and a young rapper who had made a tribute to his friend, was sentenced to 15 months in prison and two years ban from Beaumont. The young man was in rehab, had just obtained his license, and was preparing for training as a stretcher bearer in September 2017. Yacouba was also sentenced to a two year ban from Beaumont as well as 18 months in prison.

Today two members of the Traoré family, Bagui and Yacouba, are still in prison along with one of Adama’s friends, Dooums, while the gendarmes who killed their brother and their friend still walk free, are still on duty, and have not been charged!

More recently, Cheikne Traoré was put into custody at 5:40 in the morning for “contempt”. The mayor of Beaumont, Nathalie Groux, accused him of contempt from July 22, 2016 — 11 months late! It should be noted that from the beginning Nathalie Groux, the Union of Democrats and Independents mayor of Beaumont, showed her support to the gendarmerie and only spoke up for repression.

Soon after, a second complaint was filed against Yacouba who was taken out of the cell where he is serving his sentence to inform him that he was accused of malicious acts against the gendarmerie of Beaumont-sur-Oise on the evening of his brother’s death — because he put his foot in the door to prevent it from closing to get information!

Despite these intimidations and threats, the Traoré family and their relatives did not bend and thanks to a very strong mobilization and the important work of Assama Traoré, Adama’s sister, the family obtained a medical second evaluation. This second opinion confirmed at the beginning of July 2017 that Adama had died of asphyxiation and not of infection. This counter-evaluation clearly shows that the public prosecutor lied to protect the gendarmes. If Assa Traoré and the other members of Adama’s family had not struggled and faced down the pressures of the justice system, this counter-expertise would never have been found and published and the matter would have been snuffed out. How many families of victims are in this situation? How many have not had the time and the strength, in the middle of mourning, to engage in the roller-coaster of bourgeois justice and have had to accept that the assassins of their child or brothers and sisters were cleared?

The solidarity and the important mobilization of the family, the friends of Adama and the inhabitants of the Boyenval district, which this year established itself through discussions and football games in Boyenval, but also encounters in other neighborhoods, showed that the working-class neighborhoods could unite in the struggle and thus helped the Traoré family to not bend in the face of bourgeois justice.

Since the murder of Adama by the gendarmes, in less than a year the working class neighborhoods have had many new victims of police crimes in the specific context of a state of emergency. Among them were Jean-Pierre Ferrara, Theo, Liu Shaoyo, Angelo, Curtis, Jérôme Laronze, raped or murdered by police officers who quietly continue to perform their duties protected by the justice system that conceals such crimes.

And lately, not a surprise for the summer, police violence has exploded as Macron and his government plan a new anti-terror bill which allows none other than a state of emergency, and worse, that can be used by the French State without justification. The list of victims killed or gravely wounded grows — with Elvis, Whaid, Akram, Yassine, Foued and now recently Marina in Mantes-la-Jolie, who have been talked about only minimally on social media.

As Assa Traoré says, to change this situation –where the French imperialist bourgeois state and its police daily attack the proletariat–we must concentrate on the working-class neighborhoods.

The police are the instrument of ruling class—that is, bourgeois—domination. Their role is to maintain the social order and thus to maintain the exploitation and oppression of the capitalist system. The police cannot be reformed to be at our service; talking about “Republican police” makes no sense. The only way to put an end to police violence is to destroy this system, to overthrow the ruling class in order to establish the power of our class, i.e. the power of the proletariat. It is for this reason that all our struggles, including the fight against police violence, must be directed towards the objective of revolution. In order to carry out the fight against police violence now, we also have the duty to promote and develop people’s self-defense, self-defense of our neighborhoods, so that from now on we will no longer let it go, we will not just react and denounce afterwards, but we will protect ourselves now.

Popular, working-class districts are the stronghold of the proletariat. Our task as Maoists is to concentrate day-to-day political work on working-class neighborhoods; to serve the people concretely, in a creative way, on all fronts which interest the masses and which go in the direction of the revolution; to set an example by this daily work of propaganda, agitation, organization and action, proving that the Maoists are disciplined, firm, and attentive to the proletariat, proving that the masses can at all times rely on the Maoists.

“A communist should be broadminded and be staunch and active, looking upon the interests of the revolution as one’s very life and subordinating personal interests to those of the revolution; always and everywhere adhere to principle and wage a tireless struggle against all incorrect ideas and actions so as to consolidate the collective life of the Party and to strengthen the ties between the Party and the masses; be more concerned about the Party and the masses than about any individual, and more concerned about others than oneself. Only thus can one be considered a communist.”
“Combat Liberalism” (September 7, 1937), Selected Works of Mao Tsetung, Volume II.

It is only through the organization of the masses by the armed Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Party and the construction of the three instruments for revolution i.e. the Party itself, the United Front, and the People’s Army that the fight against police violence will be able to achieve its ultimate goal, enabled through the mobilization of the people and the offensive struggle linked up with the masses. The objective is the total disruption of police violence and the overthrow of the bourgeois state which this violence serves. At the same time as posing the question of police violence within the French imperialist state, communists must pose the question of internationalist support for the oppressed peoples victimized by the French army, as in Syria, Mali, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon … along with the oppressed peoples of the French colonies who were victims of French police violence.

Let’s commemorate the 1 year anniversary of the assassination of Adama Traoré and demand Justice!

Justice for all victims of police violence!

Freedom for Bagui, Yacouba, Dooums and all political prisoners!

Strength to the family of Adama and all other families of the victims!

Against police violence, let’s prepare people’s self-defense!

Everyone and everyone at the protest Saturday 1pm in Beaumont-sur-Oise!

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From London to Portugal: the Fires of Capitalism

In London, a 24 floor tower with more than 400 inhabitants caught fire, an enormous fire whose images where seen all over the world. A few days later, in the midsts of a heat wave, 64 people were killed when the forests of Portugal were set ablaze.

These two fires of course were not directly linked. Nevertheless, they have often been presented by the bourgeois media as tragedies, as something “sad but couldn’t be helped” with sn accidental fire in London and a simple natural disaster in Portugal .

We must beware the term of “natural disaster”. If cyclones, typhoons or even droughts belong without a doubt to natural disasters, capitalism only aggravate its effects.

For instance in the case of two countries located on major seismic faults, Japan has far fewer victims in the event of earthquakes or typhoons than the Philippines. This is due to the nature of these two countries and their relationship to imperialism.

Japan is an imperialist country with a highly developed capitalist economy, and its buildings have solid anti-seismic foundations. This does not mean that the capitalist mode of production doesn’t have extremely damaging consequences in the event of natural disasters. This was seen in the typhoon of 2012, notably with the Fukushima nuclear power plant: the Japanese bourgeoisie turned largely to nuclear power as a source of energy – despite the obvious danger posed by geographical conditions, some nuclear power plants have even been built next to volcanos (such as reactor 1 of the Sendai power plant located 50km from the Sakurajima volcano, one of Japan’s most active volcanos).

The Philippines is a semi-colonial semi-feudal country. Natural disasters cause massive damage to both human and material resources. This is due to the fact that many slums are located near the seas and rivers. The imperialist exploitation of the country has the effect of intensifying the consequences of “natural disasters”.  The massive deforestation caused by imperialists destroyed an important natural barrier, which was particularly felt during typhoon Pablo in Mindanao in 2012.

What does the fire of London’s Grenfell Tower tell us?

Brutal gentrification directed against the proletariat

The fire of the Grenfell Tower on June 14 caused the death of at least 79 people, wounding 74. It was the most deadly fire in Britain since the end of the Second World War. It took more than 60 hours for the fire to finally be extinguished. Today it is known that the origin of the fire was a defective refrigerator. But the real question is how such a fire could spread at such speed all the way up the tower?

This 24 floor tower in the North Kensington district was an important social housing complex with 127 apartments and 227 rooms, built in the late 1960s. It was the home to more than 400 residents, mostly proletarians, many of whom were migrants.

Although residents have long complained about the precariousness of the building (including inadequate fire protection systems, inadequately protected gas pipes, and flammable materials), particularly at the borough council, their warning cries remained unheeded.

One of the reasons for the rapid spread of the fire was the insulated coating put in place during renovations between 2014 and 2016. A strange renovation turned the tower into a real torch. This type of renovation is also well known in France in the working-class districts. There are the layers of paint on our bars and towers that aim to hide the misery that is inside. It is to look clean in areas open to incoming gentrification.

What is Gentrification? To put it simply, it is policies to replace the proletarian population of a neighborhood by upper classes. The North Kensington neighborhood is a perfect case, with the construction of Kensington Row’s luxury residences, which include a private cinema in the complex and a 24-hour concierge service!

Gentrification is inherent to capitalism. The same phenomenon is found in Île-de-France with the famous “Greater Paris”. A “Greater Paris”, was the suject of a lot of marketing, explaining to us that the suburbs would have better access to public transport. But in reality, all the suburbs near Paris are gradually being gentrified by policies of so-called renovation, urban rehabilitation or the construction of pseudo-eco-neighborhoods. This is particularly visible in cities like Montreuil or Saint-Ouen.

After the gentrification of Paris, largely completed, the bourgeoisie now mainly targets the suburbs

In the United Kingdom, according to Prime Minister Theresa May herself, it is estimated that 600 towers have the same insulated coating as the Grenfell tower. These are all potential torches! In France the situation is not less alarming – how many HLM are there where fire alarms do not work, where there are no fire extinguishers or insufficient quantity? How many social housing units in our neighborhoods are unacceptably unhealthy? Rotting homes are in addition to many poorly housed and homeless. The struggle for housing rights is therefore a neccesary struggle to be pursued everywhere.

People’s solidarity and immediate mobilization

After the fire, a great burst of solidarity took place around the case. Solidarity came directly from the masses who immediately opened their doors to the victims of the fire, who prepared food and gave stuff to the victims. For instance, a filipino workers organisation, the Filipino Domestic Workers Association, organized help immediately for the evacuees in a church near the tower by providing food, clothing, toys for children and all kinds of basic necessities.

In addition to people’s solidarity, in the face of such an injustice, mobilization was quick to demand the truth about the reasons for the fire and to denounce unhealthy housing. Thus, on June 21, the first demonstration, Day of Rage, was organized.

What do the fires of Portugal tell us?

Three days after the burning of London’s Grenfell tower, Portugal ignited on June 17, with a forest fire in the Pedrógão Grande municipality. The fire, which lasted until June 22, killed 64 people and left at least 254 wounded. This fire is the most deadly natural disaster in Portugal’s recent history.

The reasons for this fire include the combination of a strong heat wave with temperatures above 40 degrees and a dry thunderstorm. But again, we must not limit ourselves to the natural causes of the fire, we must understand how it was able to spread so quickly and be also cause so many fatalities.

One of the reason for the rapid spread of the fire is in the important eucalyptus monocultures used primarily in the paper industry. Indeed, plantations of eucalyptus  ignite very easily. These eucalyptus plantations have seen a boom in Portugal since the 2008 crisis. The Portuguese bourgeoisie, faced with the crisis of capitalism, chose to liberalize and dismantle its forest protection services (in Portugal more than 90% of forest land is private) to extend the massive cultivation of eucalyptus that began in the 1980s in Portugal. Eucalyptus is an environmental disaster for Portugal – coming from Australia it has largely replaced local trees and now covers 900,000 hectares, which represents a quarter of Portugal’s forest territory.

The fire hazards associated with the cultivation of eucalyptus in Portugal have been known and studied for a long time – there is no shortage of scientific publications on this subject and yet no serious measures have been taken to deal with it, for the simple reason that this is a particularly lucrative industry for a country that has been hit hard by the 2008 crisis. The Portuguese bourgeoisie has deliberately jeopardized the lives of the rural population who live surrounded by these eucalyptus trees in order to preserve and increase profits!

First Lesson: Revolutionaries have a role to play in cases of disasters

During natural disasters, revolutionaries must not wait for authorities or NGOs to act – they must take the lead and put themselves at the service of the people in order to develop genuine people’s solidarity. We must not let the victims of natural disasters simply wait for their torturer’s help. We must encourage mutual aid and solidarity, we must point out the responsibility of the bourgeoisie and its criminal attitude towards the people.

First of all, it is necessary to help the victims of disasters by all means, by promoting and developing people’s solidarity at the base, and then pointing the finger at those responsible, the capitalist system and its agents, and mobilizing to demand justice and reparation.

The following report (subtitled in French) on the actions of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its army, the New People’s Army after Typhoon Yolanda, provides a good example of the role that the revolutionaries must play in cases of disasters:

(TN: The film is available with english subtitles here)

Second lesson: only the revolution and the construction of socialism will lay the foundations for preserving life in cases of disasters

Capitalism is incapable of coping properly with natural disasters because of the anarchy of production and the political power monopolized by the bourgeoisie. Capitalism greatly aggravates the effects of natural disasters through its totally unequal development of land and by the precarious living and living conditions it imposes on the proletariat.

Whether it be natural disasters (typhoons, fires, floods, etc.) or industrial catastrophes (as in AZF, Bhopal or Tianjin), imperialism and the capitalist mode of production play a criminal role against the working class and the oppressed people who are the first to be affected.

Thus, only the revolution and the construction of socialism will make possible to establish a system that will really take into account the security of all people in the face of natural disasters. Only a system which is not based on the search for maximum profit, only socialism and the dictatorship of the proletariat will enable the establishment of a planned economy that truly takes into account the interests of the people.

Justice for the victims of Grenfell and Pedrógão Grande!

Long live people’s solidarity!

Down with the world imperialist system! Long live the proletarian revolution!

Legislative Elections: Massive Rejection of the Electoral Farce

An historic rejection of bourgeois elections

An historic abstention of 57.3% of registered voters on the electoral lists did not vote last Sunday. The abstention surpassed 50% of registered voters, which amounts to mass abstention during the European elections. It is a massive rejection of the electoral farce!

It was not, however, that calls to vote were lacking. Everywhere, the bourgeois media announced the tidal wave of Macron, the so-called man of the renewal. 

Since coming to power, we have seen what renewal is about: a parade on the Champs-Elysée in a military jeep and racist joke about Comorians risking their life at sea to flee the misery caused by the imperialists. A superb renewal!

After praise of Macron, we heard praise for the candidates he introduced. We were told that they were candidates from civil society and not politicians. But what civil society is represented by la République en Marche and its supporters? If one looks at the class composition of la République en Marche candidates, one notices immediately the enormous place occupied by executives, engineers, liberal professions… when they talk about civil society, we can’t expect a Franprix cashier, a construction worker on a scaffold all day long despite the heat wave, a cleaning worker from ONET who may not be able to vote… And unsurprisingly, in the new National Assembly, there was not a single worker, even among the elected MPs of the P”C”F and France Insoumise!

After the circus of the primaries, the two presidential rounds, the new call to “go to express yourself by a ballot in an urn”, did not really take, the media circus began to tire.

A new government ready for the war

La République en Marche comes out unsurprisingly with an overwhelming majority, as the opposition was reduced to grief with the collapse of the PS after five years of reactionary and anti-popular governance.

Macron is therefore ready to deploy an entire social demolition strategy. There is no need to go very far, it is the equivalent of the “social blitzkrieg” that Fillon had announced. It is a governance by decrees, putting the worst attacks on the labor code, the so-called Labor Reform 2.0, with blows of force during the summer when social mobilization is generally the weakest.

And at the same time, the state of emergency will become a common law, the greater banalization of human rights violations and a police force with ever more power at a time when police crimes are multiplying at such a rate that it takes the form of genuine carnage.

How to organize ourselves against the new government?

The failure of electoral strategies shows the need to build a revolutionary path – a path that is completely out of line with the current system. This is what the Maoist Communist Party proposes: to break with old practices to move forward on a clear revolutionary project with a clear revolutionary strategy – a protracted people’s war as the sole way to achieve socialism.

To move forward on this path, it is our duty to organize everywhere in all sectors a force capable of mobilizing against bourgeois offensives which will be conducted under the presidency of Macron in full continuity and with a certain intensification compared to the Presidency of Hollande.

From today forward, we have to support initiatives against the governance of decrees, but we won’t stop at that. Today we must seek to organize more, we must develop real mass work in working-class neighborhoods to recreate or strengthen popular solidarity, a solidarity of class. Only then will we be able to face this government, its politics and the crimes of its police.

After this historical abstention, let us open another way than the reformist way!

Let us create new perspectives of struggles!

Facing the Macron government, strengthen and expand class solidarity!

Against the decrees, let us prepare a fierce struggle!

Let us strengthen our Party, develop the front and mass organizations!

Let us prepare the People’s War!

Freedom for Georges Abdallah and all political prisoners!

The date of the demonstration to demand the liberation of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah was decided to be move closer to the date of 19 June, the International Day of Revolutionary Prisoners. This date was not chosen at random, it coincides with the 19 June 1986 when more than 300 prisoners of the Communist Party of Peru were cowardly murdered by the Peruvian reactionary state. The Communist Party of Peru had put the Peruvian State on the brink of collapse, it pursued a People’s War that had come closer to the seizure of power with strategic equilibrium. Against it great vitality, the Peruvian government therefore had a genuine policy of genocide in prisons. Even today as Chairman Gonzalo of the Communist Party of Peru is locked up we have the duty to defend his life.

Each time that the proletariat and the oppressed peoples’ resist and struggle, they are violently repressed by the reactionary states. This is the case in countries where the Communist Parties, based on Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, are waging people’s wars to achieve the New Democratic Revolution against imperialism, bureaucratic capitalism and feudalism. Thus, in India, where the most developed People’s War takes place, there are more than 10,000 political prisoners, including Professor Saibaba, a progressive intellectual with a disability of 90%, who has been locked down regularly since 2013 by the Indian state. In the Philippines, more than 500 political prisoners are being held as hostages of the Duterte government.

Wherever the people rose up, repression was not long in coming: whether it was in Palestine, Turkey or Morocco. Here we would like to salute the Palestinian political prisoners and their victorious hunger strike. We also wish to salute the popular masses of the Rif who are rising in Morocco and we would like to pay tribute to the twelve martyrs of the TIKKO who fell last year. This repression of the oppressed peoples even extends to the political refugees in the imperialist countries as the prisoners of the ATIK arrested in 2014.

As communists, our primary duty is to fight against our own imperialism and therefore to develop the revolution, the proletarian movement in our own country, to strike at French imperialism. We must also confront it with the internal reaction: the French imperialist state represses within the very heart of France in the popular neighborhoods which constitute the bastion of the proletariat. So the police killed: more than ten years ago, Zyed and Bouna, but also in the last year Adama Traoré, Jean-Pierre Ferrara, Shaoyo Liu, Angelo Garand, Curtis and the list continues to lengthen. And it is during the summer that police violence explodes in the neighborhoods. At the same time, the French government is increasingly attacking workers’ rights, such as the Labor Reform last year and the ordinances that Macron is preparing for the summer.

To support and defend the revolutionary prisoners and political prisoners is to support the struggles they carry, to support the proletarian world revolution, to fight against imperialism and its military interventions, to support everywhere the struggles of the proletariat and of the oppressed peoples.

Freedom for Georges Abadallah! Down with French imperialism!

Long live the struggle of the Palestinian people! Down with Zionism!

Freedom for all revolutionary prisoners! Down with the world imperialist system!

Long live the World Proletarian Revolution!

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