(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 25, 2011
TU MEET AT
‘Support People, Oppose Imperialist Interference in Arab Countries’
Swadesh Dev Roye
THE WORLD Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) organised on
September 13-14 a two-day international trade union meet in the
Parliament complex in Strasbourg, France, to express solidarity with
fighting people of Arab countries and voice strong protest against the
hegemonic interference of US imperialism and its European allies in the
internal affairs of the Arab countries. Trade union representatives
20 countries including
Based on his own visits and also visits by other WFTU
delegations to several Arab countries to stand in solidarity with the
working class, WFTU general secretary George Mavrikos, in his inaugural
gave an account of the ground situation in the countries which have
witnessing mass popular uprisings against authoritarian rulers.
Mavrikos asserted that the international trade union movement must extend powerful support to the fighting people of the region and must strongly condemn the American imperialism and its European allies for their hegemonic interference in the region with the ulterior motive to influence the current course of events, hatching conspiracies to instal in the oil rich countries of Arab regions puppet regimes that would serve the interest of imperialist powers.
Rajab M Maatouk, general secretary of the ICATU (International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions) delivered the keynote address. He dealt with two vital aspects of the situation --- the condition of the people and the deep penetration of imperialist influence in the polity and economy of the Arab countries through all sorts of nefarious means and mechanisms. He said the major factors which have brought the people of the Arab countries to the streets are acute economic sufferings. Unemployment, poverty, inequality, price rise and hunger have reached the explosion levels. At the same time corruption, nepotism and repression by the autocratic regimes have surpassed all limits of toleration. The capitalist controlled media have played havoc in creating confusion among the people. He said struggles of the people in Arab countries are bound to be protracted and international solidarity of the working class is very important to carry forward these struggles in a right direction.
IN ARAB WORLD
The people of
current Libyan developments have some remote resemblance with the
even before the dust of war in
Amid the people’s upsurge in the North African and
It is important to note that the
Criminal acts of the hated
Zionist regimes against the Palestinian people in the West Bank and
the evil design of imperialist power
in the region, it is very important to remember that North Africa and
WITH ARAB PEOPLE
Imperialist powers have resorted to all uncivilised and inhuman means to instal puppet regimes by demolishing the cherished dream of the fighting people of Arab nations to establish people oriented democracies. Things have already taken a turn in that direction in Egypt and Tunisia. The lesson from the current Arab situation is that massive spontaneous public mobilisations, as we have witnessed, do not automatically translate into desired socio-economic changes in the nation-states. Struggles for independence and democracy cannot succeed without defeating the enemies of the toiling people. The situation reminds us that there is no alternative to class struggle.
The international working class movement must focus on and prioritise solidarity support to the mass uprising of the people of Africa and West Asian countries and defeat the imperialist design to destroy the struggles for democratisation of the polity of the region. Such a perspective is all the more important in view of the conspiracy of the crisis driven capitalist economic powers to save capitalism from ruin by transferring the burden of the crisis on to the people and on to the developing countries of Africa and Asia.
All the speakers came out heavily against the aggression of NATO forces in Libya, Syria, Bahrain and so on, and noted that the people’s uprising is the fallout of the ongoing economic crisis. The people have taken to the street shouting bread, freedom, dignity and social justice. Speeches made by representatives from Greece, Italy and South Africa were rich in working class orientation. They stressed the need for international working class solidarity with the fighting people of North Africa and Middle East.
The two-day meeting was divided into different sessions on the basis of resolutions. A comprehensive resolution on the overall situation in North African and West Asian counties was the major thrust of the meet. Separate resolutions on Palestine and Swaziland, Libya and Syria, Bahrain and Egypt were discussed and adopted in separate sessions. The meeting was of the unanimous view that the present popular struggles in North Africa and West Asia are not merely a fight between the people and the authoritarian regimes but also against the imperialist powers.
The meeting resolved to undertake a worldwide campaign to mobilise support for the people’s uprising in the Arab world. Further, broad-based unity of all anti-imperialist forces comprising the working class, peasantry, youth, student, women and other mass movements, must be forged all over the world to fight the hegemonic aggression of imperialist powers.
Taking note of the depth of current crisis of in capitalist countries including the US and Europe, the continuously intensifying attack of the capitalist class on the working class, and the historic spread and depth of the ongoing struggles of the working class worldwide, international solidarity of the working class is of utmost importance today. The trade union movement has to comprehend that fight against imperialist aggression, as in the Arab countries, and the fight against crisis-ridden capitalism, as sharply manifested in European countries, are absolutely interrelated.