INTENSIFY THE STRUGGLES OF THE PROLETARIAT
AND PEOPLES AGAINST IMPERIALISM AND REACTION
Message of Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International League of Peoples' Struggle
1 May 2010
On this glorious day of the international
proletariat, we, the International League of Peoples' Struggle, join the
workers and peoples of the world in celebrating their struggles,
sacrifices and victories. It is of the greatest importance to raise the
banner of proletarian unity and struggle against exploitation and
oppression by imperialism and all reaction. Once again, we renew our
resolve to dismantle the monopoly capitalist system and replace it with a
just, democratic and peaceful new world in which socialism prevails.
Crisis of Global Capitalism Continues to Worsen
The enemies of the working class and the oppressed peoples do not cease to
demonstrate their contempt for the masses with their lies and their
violence. The mouthpieces of the monopoly bourgeoisie are busy proclaiming
the end of the global economic and financial crisis, and celebrating the
so-called beginnings of recovery. Not only is this claim of recovery
patently false, it actually signals a heightened offensive against the
workers and peoples of the world.
Bourgeois economists are prating about rising GDP figures, rallies in the
stock market, the "stabilization" of the financial system, increasing bank
profits and more business activity. In reality, the so-called recovery is
artificial and temporary as it is solely reliant on trillions of dollars
handed out by the state to the biggest banks and failing conglomerates as
bailout money. This is the largest-ever simultaneous raid of public
treasuries by the wealthiest stratum of the capitalist class which uses
the money to rake in more profits from speculative investments.
Conditions in the real economy remain grim, especially in terms of rising
unemployment and the dismal living conditions of the working masses. Tens
of millions have lost their jobs or livelihoods since 2008 when the worst
crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s erupted in the heartland of
the global capitalist system. Millions more have been kept employed but on
a part-time basis, with lower wages and ready to be axed at the bosses'
say so. In the US alone, millions of families are set to lose their homes
in the coming year. The monopoly bourgeoisie is seizing on mass
unemployment and profound social insecurity to cut costs, take back
hard-won workers' benefits and boost profits.
In the underdeveloped countries, the social consequences have been more
devastating to those economies most deeply penetrated by international
monopoly capital as foreign investments, credit, so-called aid, export
revenues and remittances have fallen along with the economies of the
advanced capitalist countries. Chronic economic depression is compounded
by the multiple crises generated by the monopoly capitalist system
including the food, water and ecological crises.
While the masses face a bleak future, the managers of finance oligarchy
responsible for the crisis continue to raise their share of the loot. The
top 25 managers of US hedge funds took home a record $25.33 billion in
2009 -- greater than the GDP of about 100 nations combined. They "earned"
these obscene sums not from production but from mere speculation,
specifically by correctly betting that the US government under Obama would
shore up Wall Street at virtually any cost.
Obama certainly did not disappoint his financiers. Not only has he
continued to funnel trillions to the finance sector, his administration
has also scuttled any attempt to apply restraints on the predatory
operations of finance capital, despite calls even from reform-minded
bourgeois economists. He is generating the biggest kind of bubble in the
form of public debt and is engaged in deficit spending that promotes
monopoly profit-taking but not employment and economic recovery.
He has also indulged the military-industrial complex with the biggest war
budget in US history since World War II, even adjusted for inflation. The
US is building more bases and upgrading its military facilities all over
the world to secure its control over strategic resources (such as oil and
gas in West and Central Asia, and West and Central Africa); encircle
potential rival powers, particularly China and Russia; and attack or
intervene in regions where US interests are being challenged (such as in
Latin America, Pakistan, Iran, and Korea.). It is also paying out billions
to US monopoly firms to supply and service US bases overseas and
"reconstruct" the civilian infrastructure destroyed by US invasions in
Iraq and Afghanistan.
All this generosity to the most parasitic and brutal fraction of the big
bourgeoisie has resulted in the rapid increase in public deficits and
debts in all the major economies. The Bank for International Settlements
estimates that the debt-to-GDP ratios of the G-7 countries are likely to
shoot up to between 150 and 300 percent within the next decade. Hence the
executives of the monopoly bourgeoisie are preparing a new assault on the
working masses in their own countries and against Third World peoples in
order to squeeze out more surplus value.
The Obama administration has for instance frozen discretionary social
spending, laid off thousands of teachers and public sector employees, and
is getting ready to further whittle down Medicare and Social Security.
Leaders of the Group of 20 are now talking about "deficit containment" and
"returning to a normal policy stance" even amidst an ocean of unemployed
and dispossessed masses. By this they mean withdrawing stimulus measures,
imposing fiscal austerity and new taxes in order to raise revenues needed
to cover the bailouts handed over to the finance oligarchy. This
translates to wholesale job cuts particularly in the public sector, and
slashing education, health, housing and other social and welfare programs.
This is what all this talk of "recovery" means for the working masses.
The International Monetary Fund is again stepping in to impose devastating
austerity measures and wage cuts not just in debt-stricken Third World
countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America but now also in Eastern Europe
and the less advanced capitalist countries such as Greece. In countries
that have managed to steer clear of the IMF by relying on private capital
markets, international finance capital still issues decrees through
ratings agencies such as Moody's and Standard and Poor. Countries that
refuse to reduce their fiscal deficits through cutbacks in social
services, lay-offs and more regressive taxes are punished by poor ratings
and higher interest rates.
Even then, there remains the threat of widespread defaults and financial
meltdown in the near future. In fact, these are inevitable because the
response of the ruling class to the crisis -- intensified exploitation of
the working masses, over-accumulation of capital, debt-driven spending,
and financialization -- actually aggravates the basic conditions which
lead to crises. The expected bursting of the public debt bubble will have
far worse consequences than the bursting of previous bubbles.
While continuing to rave about the free market masquerade of monopoly
capitalism, the US is now desperately carrying out a protectionist policy
and trying to reduce its external deficits through cutting imports and
more aggressive export promotion. Obama recently launched the National
Export Initiative which aims to double US exports in five years. The US
can therefore be expected to become even more aggressive in prying open
foreign markets, enforcing its "property rights" overseas while
restricting the entry of imports. This is sure to exacerbate trade
frictions between the US and its commercial competitors as well as
intensify inter-imperialist rivalry for plundering the Third World.
In the face of the economic crisis and challenges to its hegemony, US
imperialism is escalating militarism, state terrorism and wars of
aggression. The biggest armed conflicts and greatest instability are
happening in regions where US intervention is most extensive – West,
Central and South Asia, and West and Central Africa. These are also the
regions with the greatest concentration of strategic resources, foremost
of which is oil, the control of which is an explicit aim of US military
policy since the 1950s.
The US occupation of Iraq has entered its seventh year with no end in
sight, contrary to Obama's promise to end US combat mission in Iraq by
Aug. 31, 2010. The US is ramping up its war in Afghanistan by sending
30,000 additional troops plus tens of thousands of private contractors,
using the country as a laboratory for new US weaponry and combat tactics,
such as the use of drone attacks. It has entered into a new nuclear
agreement with India to support the latter's military upgrading and keep
the Pakistan-China alliance in check.
The US continues to use the US-Zionist alliance to terrorize the entire
Middle East and to seize the oil and other natural resources. US support
for Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people has resulted in the
most atrocious war crimes and human rights violations by Israeli Zionism
and in the humanitarian crisis such as that in Gaza.
In Africa, the US has fortified its military presence by creating the
African Command or Africom, and has increased arms sales, military aid and
training provided to a number of African countries, particularly in the
oil- and mineral-rich countries.
The US has also recently sealed a deal to use seven military bases in
Colombia for 10 years to use as its staging ground for intervention within
the country and expand its "expeditionary warfare capability" throughout
the region, particularly against "anti-US governments" identified by the
Pentagon such as Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia. In Honduras, the US-inspired
coup d'etat that deposed elected President Manuel Zelaya will mark its
one-year anniversary on June 28, 2010 as rumours of other possible coups
spread in Ecuador, Paraguay, Venezuela (and possibly in other countries
that have rejected the increasingly discredited Washington Consensus).
Hugo Chavez, in particular, is the object of vitriolic propaganda in the
monopoly capitalist media – which is possibly a precursor to and
justification for destabilization or even direct aggression against
Venezuela. Even the recent humanitarian disaster in Haiti is used by the
US to extend direct military control over the Haitian people and their
In the whole East Asia, the US continues to apply on China a policy of
engagement and containment and is increasingly exerting economic and
political pressures. It is exerting more of such pressures on Democratic
People's Republic of Korea. In the Philippines, the continued presence of
US troops and military facilities and the continued supply of military aid
underwrite the government's vicious counter-insurgency program which
targets both armed and unarmed civilians alike and props up the corrupt
and fascist puppet Arroyo government.
US military aggression and intervention throughout the world is resulting
in massive civilian deaths, destruction of vital infrastructure, trampling
of national cultures, pillaging of natural resources, massive displacement
and other gross human rights violations, spread of hunger and disease.
The Proletariat and Peoples of World Resist
The worsening conditions of global economic and financial crisis and the
escalation of imperialist plunder and wars of aggression are inciting the
proletariat and peoples of the world to wage various forms of struggle.
Workers of the world are confronted not only by individual capitalist
bosses extracting surplus value in particular workplaces. The monopoly
bourgeoisie is attacking the working masses by using the entire coercive
apparatus of the state in the imperialist countries and in the
imperialist- dominated countries. The workers and peoples of the world are
aware that they cannot simply bargain for higher wages and benefits. They
are desirous of wresting political power from their oppressors and use
state power to uphold their rights and interests.
In various countries, large-scale protests mainly against governments'
responses to the crisis are breaking out and catching international
attention. Greece was recently rocked and brought to a standstill by
strikes and other forms of actions that oppose government plans to cut
down on social spending and raise taxes to address foreign debt and
mounting deficit. Farmers' tractors were used to block roads; ferries were
left tied up at the ports; hospitals, schools and other public services
were shut down; and even news broadcasts were suspended as hundreds of
thousands joined militant protests. The workers and people of Greece are
saying "no" to government efforts to make them pay for decades of misuse
of government funds for political patronage, corruption and consumption
through debt financing.
In France, hundreds of thousands also joined protests against the Sarkozy
regime's plan to overhaul the national pension system by cutting pension
and raising the retirement age in an attempt to solve the country's
deficit. Organizers of the protests also raised demands for job security,
better working conditions and higher wages. In all countries of Europe,
especially in Portugal, Ireland, Iceland, Greece and Spain, the level of
social discontent and protest is rising because of the increasing rate of
unemployment, the erosion of social benefits and the deterioration of
In the US, the workers and immigrants undertook strikes and protest
rallies. Hundreds of thousands of students and faculty launched protests
against cuts in the education budget and increases in tuition. They were
expressing outrage at the Obama regime's policy of bailing out banks and
huge corporations and of pouring money into the war in Iraq and
Afghanistan to the detriment of education and other social services.
Despite US imperialism' s sabotage attempts, the governments of Cuba,
Venezuela, Bolivia, and North Korea are vocal in asserting national
sovereignty and opposing imperialism' s dictates to their countries and
the world. Their popular leaders declare that their countries are waging
revolution for socialism. Their governments have been able to cushion the
worst effects of the current crisis on the workers and peoples, and have
even improved the standard of living in their respective countries. They
are now mobilizing workers and peoples to change the socio-economic
structures. Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia are active in encouraging their
fellow Latin American countries to enhance economic cooperation in that
In Iraq and Afghanistan, the armed resistance of the workers and peoples
against direct US colonial rule and for national liberation are dealing
severe military and political blows on the military might of US
imperialism. The imposition by force of US-backed puppet governments in
these countries has only intensified the workers and peoples' anger at US
The armed resistance in these countries is encouraging the American
workers and peoples' condemnation of their government's continuing war of
aggression. It is also showing to the workers and peoples of the world
that US military might can be resisted and put to shame, and that direct
US occupation and colonial rule must be opposed at all costs.
There are proletarian parties in Asia, Latin America and Asia that are
waging or are preparing to wage revolutionary armed struggle. The workers
and peoples of the Philippines, India, Turkey, Congo, Niger Delta, Peru
and Colombia are waging people's wars for national liberation and
democracy. They are persevering in the face of various campaigns of
suppression by regimes that are supported by US imperialism under the
pretext of the latter's so-called "global war on terror." In the
Philippines, the revolutionary movement is aiming for a qualitative leap
from strategic defensive to strategic stalemate in five years, by taking
advantage of the intensifying global and national crises and building on
current strengths and experiences.
In India and Nepal, revolutionary armed movements led by proletarian
revolutionary parties continue to advance with the support of the workers
and peoples in these countries. The revolutionary movement in India is
steadily gaining strength, forcing the prime minister to say that "We are
losing the war with the Maoists". After overthrowing the monarchy and
achieving great successes in the legal militant struggles and elections,
the revolutionary movement in Nepal is now gearing for the seizure of
state power to defend national independence and build socialism.
After two decades of blabbering about the "end of history," the
imperialists and their paid propagandists are being put to shame by the
perseverance of ordinary workers and people in revolutionary struggle in
order to collectively and militantly make history, and to put an end to
such a backward and moribund system as imperialism.
All the struggles of the workers and peoples against imperialism and
reaction are contributory to the relentless advance towards a new and
better world of national independence, democracy, development, social
justice and peace. We call on the workers and peoples of the world to
intensify their struggles against imperialist plunder and wars of
aggression and open the way to socialism! #
Celebrate the victories and
struggles in the streets and picketlines,
organize and fight for socialism!
We, Filipino refugees and migrant workers in the Netherlands, join the
working people of the Netherlands and the rest of the world in militantly
commemorating and celebrating International Workers' Day on 1 May.
In this period of crisis and despair
brought about by the inherent crisis of the capitalist system, workers
continue to struggle for their rights and welfare and for a long-term
solution to the crisis. They continue to be in the forefront of the
struggle and are raising higher the banner of class struggle against
imperialism and for socialism .
As migrants and refugees, we count
ourselves among the exploited and oppressed peoples. We witness how
monopoly capitalism exploits and oppresses the people in capitalist and
imperialist-dominated countries. We are in fact a product of the crisis
brought about by the plunder, exploitation and wars of the imperialist
powers on neocolonies such as the Philippines. Much like our working
brothers and sisters, we have been displaced not only from our country of
birth but also deprived of our rights as working peoples, as citizens and
Despite the attacks on the working
class by the big bourgeoisie to mitigate their financial and economic
crisis, the working people continue to stand united in fighting for their
rights. Neither the crisis nor the systematic attacks could break the
spirit and militancy of the working class. They continue to launch strikes
and political manifestations despite the threats of termination,
expulsion, deportation (for migrant workers), imprisonment and even death
in the hands of the repressive apparatuses of the state.
The disaster of the financial and
economic crisis has more than ever exposed the moribund character of
capitalism, and people are once again looking into socialism as an
alternative. In Europe, it is noticeable how the vicious imperialist
propaganda about the so-called fall of socialism in the 1990s, has now
been de-fanged, and drowned out in many mass mobilizations of the people
shouting “death to imperialism”, “bail out the people, not the
multinational banks”, and “long live socialism!”.
As the crisis and conditions worsen
for the working class, so will repression and fascism intensify. But this
will only push the workers to further organize and mobilize their ranks --
to fight for their sectoral and class interests, to be in solidarity with
other workers and working peoples around the world, especially in
oppressed countries, and to banner the socialist agenda and alternative as
the solution to the massive unemployment, homelessness, poverty, hunger,
displacement, despair and wars brought about by the capitalist crisis.
Thus, on this day, we salute the
workers and all working peoples. Long live the working class! Long live
international solidarity! Long live socialism!
Filipino Refugees in the Netherlands
Rice and Rights Network
1 May 2010
On the occasion of International Workers' Day
Viert de overwinningen en de roemvolle strijd
op de straat en in picketlines
Organiseert u en vecht voor het socialisme!
Wij, vluchtelingen en gastarbeiders uit de Filippijnen in Nederland,
sluiten ons aan bij de arbeidende mensen van Nederland en de rest van de
wereld in de strijdbare viering van de Internationale Dag van de Arbeid –
De Eerste Mei.
In deze periode van crisis en wanhoop – de vrucht van de inherente crisis
van het kapitalistisch systeem – gaan de arbeiders door met hun strijd
voor recht en welzijn en voor een afdoende oplossing van de crisis. De
arbeiders nemen het voortouw in het gevecht met het imperialisme onder de
banier van klassenstrijd voor socialisme.
Als migranten en vluchtelingen rekenen wij ons tot
de uitgebuite en onderdrukte mensen. Wij zien, hoe het
monopolie-kapitalisme de mensen in de kapitalistische en door het
imperialisme gedomineerde landen uitbuiten en onderdrukken. Wijzelf zijn
feitelijk een product van de crisis die het gevolg is van de roof, de
uitbuiting en de oorlogen van de imperialistische mogendheden tegen neo-kolonies
zoals bijv. de Filippijnen. Net als veel van onze arbeidende broeders en
zusters zijn wij niet alleen van onze geboortegrond verdreven, doch
bovendien nog beroofd van onze rechten als arbeider, als burger en als
Ondanks dat de grote bourgeoisie de
arbeidersklasse hevig bestookt en de gevolgen van hun financiële en
economische crisis op hen probeert af te wentelen, blijven de arbeiders
voet bij stuk houden en blijven zij op hun rechten staan. Geen crisis,
noch geweld is opgewassen tegen de strijdlust van de mensen die van een
loon moeten leven. Zij blijven staken en demonstreren ondanks bedreigingen
met ontslag, uitsluiting, deportatie (voor buitenlandse arbeiders),
gevangenschap en zelfs de dood door de repressieve staatsmachinerie.
De rampzalige financiële en economische crisis
heeft meer dan ooit duidelijk gemaakt dat het kapitalisme geen toekomst
meer heeft en zieltogend door de knieën gaat. Daarom zien de mensen ook
steeds hoopvoller naar het socialisme als alternatief. In Europa heeft de
venijnig bijtende imperialistische propaganda over de zogenaamde val van
het communisme in de jaren 1990 haar tanden stukgebeten en haar gebral
verdrinkt in het luid schallend "dood aan het imperialisme!", "redt de
mensen, niet de banken!" en "leve het socialisme!"
Met het zich verdiepen van de crisis en het
slechter worden van de condities van de arbeidersklasse, zal ook repressie
en fascisme de kop opsteken. Doch dat zal een nog grotere eenheid smeden
onder de werkende mensen en hun rijen doen aanwassen sluiten voor het
gevecht voor hun sectorale en klassenbelangen. De wereldwijde solidariteit
onder de werkende mensen zal groeien en vooral ook met de arbeiders in de
onderdrukte landen, en het socialisme zal het enige alternatief blijken
voor massa werkloosheid, dakloosheid, armoede, honger, verdrijving,
wanhoop en voor de oorlogen die voortkomen uit de kapitalistische crisis.
Daarom brengen wij op deze dag een saluut aan de
arbeiders en alle werkende mensen. Leve de arbeidersklasse! Leve de
internationale solidariteit! Leve het socialisme!
Filipino Refugees in the Netherlands
Rice and Rights Network
ter gelegenheid van de internationale dag van de arbeid
1 mei 2010