People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 25

June 24, 2012



Against Imperialist Aggressiveness, For Socialism


The Working Group of the “International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties” (IMCWP) met in Beirut on June 16-17, 2012, in preparation for the 14th meeting of the IMCWP.  Except for the Communist Party of India (CPI), all other members of the Working Group --- the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB), Communist Party of Cuba, Communist Party of South Africa (SACP), Communist Party of Greece, Communist Party of Portugal, Lebanese Communist Party, Communist Party of Russian Federation (CPRF), Communist Party of the Czech Republic and Communist Party of Spain --- participated. Sitaram Yechury attended on behalf of the CPI(M). 


The meeting decided to hold the 14th International Meeting of the Communist and Workers Parties  in Beirut in the second half of November 2012. 


The theme for this meeting has been decided as follows:


“Strengthening the struggles against imperialism’s escalating aggressiveness; for satisfying people’s social, economic and democratic needs and aspirations; for socialism.”


The meeting adopted the following statement on this occasion.


THE capitalist crisis continues to unfold, and its negative impact and consequences on the working class and the peoples of the world continue to intensify.  The solutions adopted so far by the G7 and G8 summits, together with the IMF and the World Bank, did not go beyond the insolent adoption of even more savage anti-popular policies with consequences ranging from the bankruptcy of some countries and the deprivation of the social rights earned by the working class as a result of tens of years in their struggle for justice.  This is manifested by a rapid increase in unemployment rates (which primarily affects youth, new comers to the labour market and women), a significant reduction in real wages, and a systematic attack on earned social and health welfare rights. This entire combined have led to a widespread phenomena of poverty in developed capitalist states and abject poverty worldwide.  


With the sharpening of the crisis of capitalism, the aggression of imperialism against the people of the world intensifies as evidenced by


1. The new NATO plan put forward in Chicago,

2. The increasing wars which the Middle East is being subjected to whether by intensifying divisions and battles within Sudan, and increasing US and EU threats for military intervention in Syria and Iran at the pretext of the ongoing massacres against civilians, and

3. The recently launched Israeli threats of aggression against Lebanon and its people. 


The objective of all these wars, and others being prepared to breakout in Asia in general, is to perpetuate a new division of the world and prevent the emerging capitalist countries from effecting a change in the balance of power and spreading their influence on natural resources, energy resources, markets and transportation routes for resources and commodities in general.


The people of the world developed significant struggles against the anti-popular policies, which aim to intensify exploitation, decrease the price of the labour force and increase the profitability of the capital.  They have  mobilised in support of reclaiming their denied rights through calls for popular changes and democratic rights as manifested by mass demonstrations at the centre of world capitalism in the USA, also by mass and working class demonstration in Europe which succeeded in bringing down governments, and the struggles of the Arab people who, according to their interests, must continue their attempts for revolutionary change against the reactionary, military and political religious forces  supported by imperialism in general and US imperialism more specifically.


Against these developments and the threats to the people, the Working Group of the International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties calls for the intensification of mobilization to improve the struggle being undertaken by the worldwide working class and people of the world against the international capitalist system and corresponding imperialist aggression, in order to effect change and build a socialist society.


We focus on:

1.                 The development of the struggles to confront new military aggressive plans in order to prevent imperialism from controlling the world and destroying it.

2.                 Rally to remove NATO military bases and disengagement from imperialist organisations that violate sovereign rights. Overall confrontation with the military imperialist plans, both old and new, to prevent imperialism from achieving its objectives. 

3.                 The further development of forms of solidarity between the Arab people in its struggle against repressive and reactionary regimes and against any foreign intervention in Arab affairs, and stressing the continued support for the Palestinian and Lebanese people in their confrontation of Israeli aggressive and expansionist policies.

Beirut 17 June 2012