The OUN not only pledged its allegiance to Hitler but itself committed countless war crimes. Konovalets is still idolized by the UWVA, as evidenced by a religious meeting held on May 26, 2019 at St. Andrew's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Toronto, "to honour the memory of two great men:" Symon Petliura -- head of the Ukrainian People's Republic (UPR) (1918-1921), who is widely known for organizing pogroms and massacres of the Jewish population of the UPR and was shot in Paris in 1926 -- and Konovalets. According to its website, "The UWVA of Canada accepted the responsibility for continued maintenance and care of Col. Konovalets' grave site in Rotterdam, and proudly continues to do so to this very day."
In Canada, the UWVA evolved into the Ukrainian National Federation (UNF) formed in 1932. Kossar, its leader, was listed as a person to be arrested and interned at the outbreak of World War II. Instead, the government of Mackenzie King intervened to create a new organization, the Ukrainian Canadian Committee, in which all the anti-communist organizations were expected to unite as part of smashing indigenous mass communist and progressive organizations. Two of the founding factions were explicitly pro-German -- the UNF and the United Hetmen Organization -- and inculcated with the fight against "Jewish Bolshevism.” This new organization was apparently based on a quid-pro-quo arrangement -- get behind the war effort, and in return the Canadian government would support their “cause” in post-war peace negotiations. This cause was their demand that they be installed as the leaders of an autonomous Ukraine -- similar to the one at the end of World War I -- following the hoped-for dismemberment of the Soviet Union. Kossar was amongst those summoned to Winnipeg by the government in November 1940 to participate as a founding member in the creation of the state-organized Ukrainian Canadian Committee, which was renamed Ukrainian Canadian Congress in 1989. During the war, the Mackenzie King government had to show a certain restraint, because it had begun to reluctantly cooperate with the Soviet Union in the war. Nevertheless, the two factions participated in the November 21-22, 1943 conference in Nazi-occupied Ukraine, near Zhytomyr, ostensibly on the initiative of the OUN(B) to form the so-called Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations (ABN).
For its part, under the genocidal occupation of Ukraine by Hitlerite Germany, Wikipedia records that the Kiev-based Ukrainian Bandurist Choir was given permission in 1941 to tour "areas around Kiev and parts of Western Ukraine" and in 1942 "was used by the Nazis as a morale booster, performing for the Ukrainian OST-Arbeiters (slave-workers from the East) in German work camps." After WWII, they emigrated to Detroit where they reconstituted their group.
This is the fifth year in succession in which the Trudeau Liberals have dispatched units of the Canadian Forces to lend official credibility to the Etobicoke event and the freedom fighters heroized by the reactionary organizations, beginning with a cadet unit from the Royal Military College and representatives of three branches of the Canadian Forces in 2015.
On Friday, November 8, Brazil's popular former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was released from jail in Curitiba, in the southern state of Paraná, where he had been imprisoned and kept in solitary confinement for the past one year and seven months. His release followed a 6-5 decision by the Supreme Court the night before that a person can be imprisoned only after all appeals to higher courts have been exhausted. Lula is still in the process of appealing the conviction for which he was imprisoned upon losing his first appeal. No evidence has ever been produced by Lula's accusers to prove he committed any crime.
Meanwhile damning evidence has come to light about the judge (now Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's Minister of Justice and Public Security) and the prosecutor colluding to ensure Lula was imprisoned to keep him from running in, and likely winning, last year's presidential election as the candidate of the Workers' Party.
News of Lula's release was received with jubilation by his many comrades, friends and supporters. A throng of people waited excitedly at the gate of the prison to greet him as he walked out. When he appeared, with his fist raised in the air, Lula was greeted by the crowd, waving red Workers' Party flags and holding "Free Lula" banners. Lula walked straight to the Free Lula Vigil, a camp set up from day one outside the Federal Police Headquarters in Curitiba where he was incarcerated. There he delivered a speech thanking his defence team, his family and the many people and organizations that had supported him, mounted campaigns and fought tirelessly for his release.
"You have no idea how much it means for me to be here with you all," Lula told them. "I have spoken to the Brazilian people my entire life, and I never imagined that one day I would be here speaking to the men and women who shouted 'good morning, Lula,' ‘good afternoon, Lula,' 'good evening, Lula' for 580 days. It could be raining, or 40 degrees, or freezing. Every single day you were the living force of democracy that I needed to resist the rotten things they did to me and to Brazilian justice," he said. "I want the Public Ministry and Judge Sergio Moro to know that they did not imprison a man, they tried to kill an idea, but ideas don't die, they do not disappear."
Lula said he came out of prison feeling braver than ever and ready to fight for the Brazilian people and will not permit Bolsonaro to hand the country over to foreign powers.
On November 9, he travelled to his hometown of São Bernardo do Campo, a working class city close to São Paulo, where he took part in a rally in front of the ABC Metalworkers Union, which he led before becoming president and which has always been his base. He told the sea of supporters who came to celebrate his release that they were going to have to do a lot of fighting, that fighting is not something that is on one day then off for three months, then back on again; it is something that has to be done every day.
Lula's defence team said the legal battle continues, focused now on getting his convictions nullified.
(Brasil de Fato, teleSUR, Brasil Wire, France24. Photos: Brasil de Fato, G. Mendez)
On November 10, after a series of brutal attacks by the
foreign-inspired opposition, Bolivian President Evo Morales and his
vice-president announced their resignation which hands over the reins
of government to the National Assembly. TML Weekly denounces the
serious acts of wanton violence, arson, hijacking and other activities
against ministers of the Evo Morales government, his family and the
families of government ministers, as well as leaders of the workers'
peasants' mass organizations. The entire coup is instigated by
the U.S., Canada and other countries which are committing the wanton
attacks on the democratic institutions in the name of democracy, human
rights and other treacherous claims. TML
Weekly denounces the utterly
racist stand of the government of Canada which claims to support
Indigenous rights but does everything to undermine the first Indigenous
president who has restored the dignity of the First Nations and all the
oppressed. It shows that these representatives of the
financial oligarchy and narrow private mining interests will not
tolerate people's empowerment and that their talk about rule of law and
defence of the democratic order is purely self serving and
Earlier in the day, President Evo Morales had announced that he would call a new presidential election after a night of vandalism and violence in different parts of the country by right-wing opposition forces in what the Bolivian government called a coup attempt.
The houses of two governors as well as of the minister of mining and President Morales' sister were burned down and people associated with the governing Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party were physically attacked. Violent opposition protestors also took over two state media outlets and threatened their staff. The signal of Bolivia TV was taken off air for more than eight hours. Meanwhile, social movements and other supporters of President Morales, popularly known as Evo, took to the streets in different cities to defend the country's democratic processes and the constitution against the wrecking of the coup forces.
Speaking at a press conference in La Paz, Evo said he would also replace the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal with a new one made up of members elected by the legislature. He called for calm and respect for private property, for authorities and between families, saying, "We all have the obligation to make Bolivia peaceful."
Standing beside Juan Carlos Guarachi, leader of the Bolivian Workers' Federation and Segundina Flores, executive secretary of the Bartolina Sisa National Federation of Campesino, Indigenous, and Native Women, Evo said his decision came after consulting with different social movements in the country.
His announcement followed the issue November 9 by the Organization of American States (OAS) of the report of its audit of the October 20 elections in which it recommended the holding a new election "as soon as conditions are in place to guarantee it being able to go ahead, including a newly composed electoral body."
Carlos Mesa, leader of the opposition Citizens' Community Party, who came second to Evo in the election and who declared even before the election that opposition forces would launch a coup if Evo won, said Evo and his running mate vice-president Alvaro García Linera, should not run in the new election.
Bolivia's electoral law requires that a candidate receive 50 per cent of the votes plus one, or 40 per cent and a 10-point advantage over their nearest rival, to be declared the winner on the first round. Otherwise a second round is required. When the Supreme Electoral Tribunal reported the final results of the election, Evo was declared the winner with 47.07 per cent of the vote to Mesa's 36.51 per cent. In third place was Chi Hyun Chung of the Christian Democratic Party with 8.78 per cent.
Well before all the results had been received and tabulated however, the OAS election observer mission was questioning what it called "irregularities" in the vote count, without credible evidence to back up the allegation and ignoring known differences in voting trends and the speed with which results are typically transmitted from urban and more remote, rural parts of the country where support for Morales is traditionally strong.
Referring to this, Morales said in an interview October 24 that historically, in colonial times, Indigenous movements were threatened with extermination, and "[n]ow when the elections come again, they do not recognize the Indigenous movements just like in the past, so we see history repeating itself." He denounced that Mesa and other extreme right-wing politicians were instigating hatred, contempt and discrimination by presuming to disregard the rural vote and calling on the population to rise up against the results that favoured MAS. A native Aymara from Bolivia's highlands, Evo became the country' first Indigenous president in 2006 and handily won two more elections after that. His aim in running for a fourth term was to deepen the social and economic transformations achieved since he has been in office.
Before and after the results had been announced, opposition leader Carlos Mesa and other members of the Bolivian oligarchy and wealthy business people, most of them based in and around the Santa Cruz area, attempted to make good on their threatened coup. Following the model set by other foreign-backed coup forces in Venezuela and Nicaragua, they burned down seven regional elections offices, engaged in other acts of vandalism and violence around the country and called on the military and police forces to mutiny.
In an attempt to deflect the coup forces and avoid bloodshed, Evo and the MAS eventually agreed to the OAS doing a technical audit of the results and said they would abide by its recommendations, including if it called for a second round of voting based on its findings.
Well before the OAS had performed its audit, on October 29, Canada cited the "serious irregularities" referred to in the hastily issued "preliminary conclusions" of the original OAS observer mission, which "found that the electoral process did not comply with international standards" and said there was serious doubt about the legitimacy of the results making it impossible to accept the outcome under the circumstances. It then joined the U.S. and a handful of other lackey "Lima Group" governments and the EU in illegitimately calling for a second round of elections -- despite Bolivian electoral authorities declaring Evo elected in keeping with the country's own electoral law -- thus providing support to the the head of the OAS elections interference mission, who had earlier declared that even if after 100 per cent of the votes were counted and the margin of difference exceeded the 10-point threshold "statistically," it was still advisable to convene a second round due to "the context and the problems evidenced in this electoral process."
In this way Canada, the self-proclaimed paragon of "democracy" and a "rules-based international order" is showing its hypocritical face once again, participating with the U.S. and other lackey governments in the Lima Group in the interfering activity of the OAS against independent-minded governments targeted for destabilization and regime change by U.S. imperialism.
In contrast, at a meeting of the OAS Permanent Council called October 24 to consider the situation in Bolivia, Mexico's representative Luz Elena Baños addressed the obvious lack of impartiality of the OAS electoral mission: "We demand respect for sovereign processes and condemn the fallacious claims of some member states of this organization that, despite [their countries] being under major social and political upheavals, want to be the judges and monitors of democracy in other countries of the region. We call for the sovereignty and institutionality of the Plurinational State [of Bolivia] to be respected and for the OAS not to insist on becoming an accrediting agency for political processes and governments." She added that it was Mexico's desire that the elections in Bolivia conclude in keeping with what their own laws dictate, without external interference.
(teleSUR, ABI, Orinoco Tribune, Al Jazeera. Photos: ABI, AVN)
Standing As One With the Chilean People
Montreal's Chilean community and its allies organized four actions over five days in support of the people of Chile against the untenable living and working conditions imposed upon them by the neo-liberal agenda of the Chilean ruling elite. Participants at the actions also condemned, and demanded an end to, the bloody violence being deployed by the Chilean state against a valiant people fighting for their rights and well-being. President Sebastián Piñera, a billionaire businessman and one of the richest men in Chile, is using the country's police and military forces to criminalize and repress opposition to his neo-liberal, anti-social measures.
The demonstrations took place in downtown Montreal outside the Consulate General of Chile and on Saturday, November 2, at Émilie-Gamelin Park, where close to 200 people of all ages and backgrounds gathered as one with the Chilean people and the peoples of the Americas, who are demanding the recognition of their rights and a pro-social direction for the economy which they elaborate themselves. The many participants at the actions declared that never again will the Americas become the backyard of the U.S. imperialists and of an oligarchy with only repression to offer to preserve their power and privilege in the face of the people demanding their fundamental rights.
From 1:00 to 5:00 pm on November 2, songs of resistance, slogans and dancing enlivened the atmosphere around the demand that Piñera must be removed from office and a new constitution written, so that scores are settled with the dictatorship of the past. The crimes committed by the Piñera government against the Chilean people must not go unpunished, participants declared.
As of November 8, the Piñera
government's repression has
resulted in at least 23 deaths (with some sources reporting
dozens more), 1,659 persons injured and more than 7,000
detained, including 475 minors. As of November 6, Chile's
National Institute of Human Rights had commenced 181 legal
proceedings for homicide, torture and sexual violence committed
by the repressive forces of the state. The spirit embodied by
participants is the conviction that Chilean resistance and
solidarity between the peoples is what will bring an end to the
violence of the state against them.
The Trudeau government was directly called out for
to condemn Piñera's repression. Participants highlighted the
that on October 29, Prime Minister Trudeau issued a provocative press
where, in reference to Piñera, he said he "shared his
about election irregularities in Bolivia" then "welcomed the
collaboration between Canada and Chile on a range of shared
priorities, including efforts to address the crisis in
Venezuela." This brings to the fore the fact that organized support
for the Chilean people and the other fighting peoples of the
Americas is intrinsically linked to the struggle here to condemn
liberal hypocrisy and warmongering against the peoples and the
need to make Canada a zone for peace. Many activists present
noted that the struggle of the Chilean people and of all the
peoples for their rights and dignity is one and the same struggle
and that it is the duty of one and all to step it up.
In Calgary, over 200 people gathered in Olympic Plaza to show their support for the ongoing mass actions in Chile and to oppose police and military repression. The protest was lively and energetic with music and noisemakers from start to finish. Many people passing in vehicles honked their horns in support.
A rally was held in Windsor on October 24 in
solidarity with the people in Chile fighting for their rights and
against brutal repression by state security forces. It took
place at the University of Windsor facing the entrance of the
Bridge to the USA, where participants banged on pots and pans and were
updated by speakers about recent events and the conditions of life in
Chile that sparked the people's uprising.
Violence Against Chilean People
We, the signatory organizations, hereby wish to express our profound indignation regarding the violent repression rampant in Chile, aimed at silencing the strong wave of social protest that has been shaking the country since last week. The declaration of a state of emergency, the imposition of a curfew and the massive deployment of military and police forces are trampling the fundamental rights of the Chilean people. The repression starkly recalls the methods of the nefarious Pinochet dictatorship.
Growing popular protest over the untenable living conditions afflicting the country was the catalyst for the general civil disobedience actions undertaken by high school students, who, in a sign of protest against fare hikes decreed by the Sebastián Piñera government, refused to pay the metro fare. That was the trigger for a vast, country-wide social mobilization. On October 18, in the face of this eruption of protest and ensuing mayhem, the government's response was forceful repression and the imposition of martial law through the declaration of a state of emergency and curfew. These measures were extended to the main cities in Chile's five regions. The criminalization of protestors and the militarization of law enforcement has had alarming consequences. Based on data provided on October 21 by the National Institute of Human Rights (NIHR), which has begun instituting judicial proceedings as a means of condemning acts of torture, conservative estimates are that 2,643 persons have been detained, 15 have been killed, eight have been shot, hundreds have been injured and four have been struck by vehicles belonging to the forces of repression. [As of November 8, reports indicate that as many as 23 people have been killed, 1,659 people injured and more than 7,000 detained -- TMLW Ed.]
The vast majority of the Chilean people, through their social, trade union and student organizations, as well as health care and dock workers, teachers, retirees and artists, have clearly pointed to the urgency of finding solutions to the serious problems linked to the alarming deterioration of essential social services and the corruption of the political class and employers. Added to these demands is the denunciation of the privatization of waterways and lands, and the application of the anti-terrorist law against the Indigenous peoples who are defending their territories.
Within this context and in consideration of the extreme gravity of the situation and of its critical evolution, the signatory organizations support the demands of numerous international and Chilean organizations and declare the following:
- We accuse President Piñera of resorting to violent rhetoric and hate speech by stigmatizing social protest which he associates with delinquency;
- We reject the media embargo, disinformation and the manipulation of information that seeks to hide the actual scope of the social protest, its demands and the brutal repression afflicting the entire country;
- We categorically denounce the human rights violations of the police and military forces (illegal detentions, kidnappings, torture, assassinations and sexual attacks), which constitute a true declaration of war against the Chilean people;
- We reject the use of repression as a form of governance (violation of freedom of movement, of association and of expression) and a violation of the rule of law and demand the immediate withdrawal of military forces;
- We demand the restitution of democracy through the lifting of the state of emergency and the curfew, which are an attack on its very foundations;
- We urgently and strongly implore the Chilean government to listen to and find solutions to the social demands at the base of the present crisis.
For the list of signatories, click here.
(October 30, 2019. Translated from original French by TML. Photos: TMLW)
We are closely following the development of the people's revolt and the repression being exerted by the army and national police.
The violence being deployed against the population is of great concern to us and we want respect for the rights of the people and an end to the use of armed violence.
In support of your organizations, we demand a peaceful exit strategy for the crisis and democratic negotiations regarding the issues at stake within the Chilean society.
(October 25, 2019)
Whereas, for over a week Chile has been the theatre of growing popular protests denouncing the cost of living and transportation.
Whereas, young high school students have collectively organized themselves to occupy the Santiago metro and no longer pay fares.
Whereas, the huge concerts of pots and pans in working- and middle-class neighbourhoods have begun to be heard nationally, denouncing cuts to education and health care, miserly pensions and the increasing transfer of public resources to the large ever-wealthier consortiums.
Whereas, while the Chilean people are thus expressing their discontent everywhere, the conservative and neo-liberal government of Sebastián Piñera has found no other solution than to opt for the criminalization and repression of these rallies and demonstrations.
He has declared a 15-day state of emergency for the metropolitan region of Santiago and numerous other large cities in Chile. He has decreed a 7 pm to 7 am curfew and sent the police and the army, now responsible for policing, into the streets, under the control of General Iturriaga del Campo, a man known for his harshness and fidelity towards the regime of General Pinochet. Suffice it for Chileans to recall the tragic memories of the 1973 military dictatorship. And exacerbate all the tensions and acts of desperation.
From Quebec, where we are following the events with concern (10,000 soldiers occupy Santiago, 42 people have died, 12 women have been raped by armed forces, 84 people have suffered bullet wounds and 1,465 people have been arrested), we denounce the silence or disinformation of a large part of the media.
We demand an immediate end to the state of emergency, we demand the withdrawal of the army from the public space and an end to police violence. We call for solidarity with the Chilean people.
For the list of signatories: www.pressegauche.org/Solidarite-avec-le-peuple-chilien-40897.
(October 22, 2019. Translated from original French by TMLW. Photo: TMLW)
The World March of Women salutes the rebellion of the Chilean youth who have offered an example of their courage since October 17. We stand in solidarity with the Chilean people, who, fed up with neo-liberal polices that infringe upon their rights, are joining the protests of the high school students.
In solidarity, we embrace all Chilean women participating, along with their pots, in the demonstrations of discontent. In doing so, they are clearly expressing their commitment to life.
The Chilean people are experiencing a loss of their social, economic and cultural rights. Their rage was born from the increases in the price of water and its restricted access, the migration law, the approval of the [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP11)] and its repercussions on small producers through the pillage of their lands at the hands of extractivists, of the non-recognition of the right of women to decide what to do with their bodies and from the systemic violence against women, the Mapuche people, migrants, students and workers.
The protests and demonstrations are the overwhelming expression of the rejection by Chileans of the neo-liberal state, which imposes its democracy by way of harmonizing resources with the capitalist interests and their big public relations firms. People in the street have clearly made it known that they will not allow the capitalists to continue to transform their lives into a commodity, that they no longer want the state to subsidize the private sector and businesses at the price of precariousness in the life of women, of the working class, in education and in public health, to the detriment of life itself.
Through the World March of Women we have never been more involved in Chile. Our hearts go out, in particular, to the families grieving because of the excessive reaction of the government and of the police.
We firmly repudiate the Piñera government, which is resorting to Pinochet's tactics in its attempts to suppress the demonstrations.
We repudiate the criminalization and the trivialization of the demonstrations. We firmly reject the application of the law on the internal security of the state which constitutes a manifest infringement on the most fundamental of democratic rights and recalls the worst moments of the dictatorship. We demand the demilitarization of the streets and the recognition of the right to protest that belong to the people. We call on the members of the Chilean army to remind themselves that they are part of the people, that their families and their communities are in the street and that no order can be respected which violates their duty to protect the people.
Across America and worldwide, let's continue to march against neo-liberalism and authoritarianism until all are free.
We resist in order to live, we march in order to transform.
(October 28, 2019. Photo: TMLW)
213th Anniversary of the Assassination of Jean-Jacques Dessalines
Haiti commemorated, on October 17 of this year, the 213th anniversary of the assassination of Jean-Jacques Dessalines [the founder of the Haitian homeland], following almost two months of mass demonstrations by a large part of the population, which brought daily life in Port-au-Prince to a halt, amid strong repression by military forces.
The multiple protests began after the resurgence of the energy crisis that generated a shortage of fuel, resulting in a price increase nationally in a country where 70 per cent of the population lives in extreme poverty.
More than 77 people have been killed so far this year according to reports of human rights organizations, which highlight the murder of Haitian journalist Nehemie Joseph on October 10 in very murky circumstances. Several independent broadcasters have been closed amid complaints of pressure from the government and businesses linked to the energy sector.
In the context of this unrest, the new United Nations Mission, the so-called BINUH, came into effect on October 16. It replaces its predecessor MINUSTAH, continuing a policy of interference whenever the people's self-determination comes into play, in a clear intervention in Haiti's political life, without the full participation of all the social and political actors of the country.
The Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) calls for the immediate cessation of repression of social movements, to respond effectively to the victims reported in recent months. It also calls for finding the most appropriate ways to resume the dialogue, in a process that takes into account the participation of all sectors of society and that has the Haitian people as the protagonists for social, political and economic change in Haiti, free of the control of bodies that hinder the exercise of their sovereignty.
Steering Committee of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences
The statement was approved by the CLACSO Steering Committee at its 100th Session in Havana, Cuba, October 23, 2019.
(Translated from original Spanish by TML. Photo: E. Dupain)
Since the re-election of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández of the right-wing National Party in 2017, mass protests have been ongoing in the streets of Honduran cities. That election was considered fraudulent by many, but now a court decision in the United States has added to the anger against Hernández, a close ally of the Trump administration.
On October 18, a U.S. federal court in New York found the president's brother, Tony Hernández, guilty of major drug trafficking charges. And although Juan Orlando Hernández had previously stated that his brother alone was responsible for whatever he had done, the evidence presented against Tony also implicates Juan Orlando and his predecessor, former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo.
A major witness in the trial, gangster Devis Rivera Madriaga, testified that he had bribed both Presidents Hernández and Lobo to allow the Cachiros drug cartel a free hand to run drugs through Honduras on their way to sale in the United States. Furthermore, evidence was given that President Hernández's first election campaign, in 2013, had received support in the form of drug money.
The rise of Lobo and the Hernández brothers to power in Honduras was the result of the 2009 military coup d'état which overthrew left-leaning President Manuel Zelaya. At that time, the United States had maneuvered to prevent Zelaya from returning to power, and this resulted in the election of Lobo in November 2009, in circumstances in which the security forces were repressing the opposition, part of which boycotted the vote.
The Hernández regime has been exceptionally violent. The police have been militarized, protests have been repressed, and there have been murders of grassroots opposition figures, including the well-known Indigenous environmental defender Berta Cáceres, who was shot to death in March 2016, clearly because of her activism in opposition to an environmentally destructive dam project.
Poor Honduran rural and urban people have borne the brunt of the repression, as rapacious big business interests have worked with the security forces to repress their efforts to defend their livelihoods. For example, in Lower Aguan, there have been numerous deaths of farmers resisting encroachments of landowners who want to expand the cultivation of African palm for the international biofuels market. On the Caribbean coast, the Afro-Indigenous Garífuna population is under great pressure from powerful interests that want to push it out to make room for lucrative tourist operations. Labour, women's, youth, and LGBTQ activists face violent repression.
So it was no surprise that on Friday, October 18, after the conviction of Tony Hernández and in the context of the revelations about his brother the president, Hondurans hit the streets in more demonstrations. Ex-President Zelaya, who now leads the LIBRE left-wing political party, joined demonstrators in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. On Monday, October 21, more demonstrations took place in the capital and elsewhere, with barricades and burning tires in the streets. They were violently repressed by security forces. Clouds of tear gas fired by the police filled the campus of the Francisco Morazán Pedagogical University, near the site of one of the major protests in the capital.
The long series of demonstrations and clashes with the security forces have resulted in deaths and injuries, and numerous Hondurans are in jail for their active opposition to the corrupt Hernández regime. Although right now the central demand of the demonstrators, and a broad sector of the opposition, is that Juan Orlando Hernández resign or be removed from the presidency, long struggles are also ahead to repair the damage done to this extremely poor nation of 9.3 million people since the 2009 coup.
Up until recently, the Trump administration has staunchly supported the sleazy and violent regime in Tegucigalpa. That the government of Juan Orlando Hernández was fraudulently elected, corrupt, and undemocratic did not faze Mr. Trump and his minions, any more than the narcotics involvement did. However, earlier this year, aid to Honduras was cut back as part of Trump's hysterical anti-immigrant frenzy. Trump and his people don't mind that the Hernández government robs and represses workers and poor farmers; it only bothers them that when the victims of this violence try to escape it, they [go] to the United States.
Ironically, for several years, many people in Congress have been trying to put a stop to U.S. financial support for repression in Honduras. Currently, there is a bill in Congress that aims at this: the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, H.R. 1945. The chief sponsor is Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., and it has 73 co-sponsors to date, all Democrats. It would end almost all U.S. financial support for the Honduran security forces. But for this legislation to advance, people concerned about the Honduras situation will have to get cracking to ask their Congressional representatives to add their names to it.
Human rights organizations have been energetically pushing for pressure to support the Honduran people at this crucial moment. The Honduras Solidarity Network, with the support of the Alliance for Global Justice and others, points out that there are numerous people in Honduras already imprisoned or facing jail for their courageous protests against the illegal government of Juan Orlando Hernández. These organizations are asking that the U.S. public exert pressure immediately to force Honduran authorities to release all political prisoners.
Emile Schepers is a veteran civil and immigrant rights activist. Emile Schepers was born in South Africa and has a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Northwestern University. He has worked as a researcher and activist in urban, working-class communities in Chicago since 1966. He is active in the struggle for immigrant rights, in solidarity with the Cuban Revolution and a number of other issues. He now writes from Northern Virginia.
(peoplesworld.org, October 24, 2019. Photo: UNETV)
Anniversary of the Great October Revolution
Thousands of people participated in a symbolic parade to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the historic parade held in Moscow's Red Square on November 7, 1941 on the eve of the Battle of Moscow. That parade was organized by J.V. Stalin and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on the anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution 24 years before.
In 1941, some 20,000 soldiers participated to remember that date in 1917 that changed the course of history. The soldiers departed directly from the parade for the battlefield.
The parade held in 1941, like the Great October
itself, created hope and fueled the courage of the Soviet people
to win victory over the Nazi hordes that had invaded the Soviet
Union. Since current president Vladimir Putin has come to power, this
is marked to honour all those who gave their lives for the cause
of freedom in the Great Patriotic War and rally the Russian
people to make Russia Great Again. The 7,000 guests in the stands
this year included 1,200 veterans of the Great Patriotic War, one of
97 years old, news agencies report. Cadets of military institutes
of the army, aviation, navy, Interior ministries and Emergency
In addition, the future members of the Federal Security Service, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as circles of interest in military preparation and youth organizations marched through Red Square.
The parade also showed the legendary T-34 tank, armoured vehicles used in the Great Patriotic War, artillery pieces and heavy machine guns, which will now constitute an open-air museum.
The mayor of Moscow, Serguei Sabianin, spoke at
commemoration, declaring that from here in 1941, on the walls of
the very same Kremlin, the long road to victory began. In six
months, he said, we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the victory
over fascism. In many Muscovite families the soldiers'
letters and the medals of those who fought are still preserved,
he said. We have an infinite debt to those who never returned
from the battlefield. They fought for the Fatherland, for our
future, he added. You gave us the inheritance of fighting until
the final victory, no matter how difficult it is. Our duty is to
continue the cause of the victors, create and build a great
nation, Sabianin said.
(Tass, Prensa Latina)
November 7 marks the anniversary of the 1917 Great October Socialist Revolution in Russia. The first ever socialist workers' state was created and undertook the task to complete the democratic revolution that got underway in England in the 1660s. Old forms of governance based on liberal democracy and a bourgeois civil society were replaced with new ones, which created a socialist civil society with full employment, free education and health care, no taxes and equality before the law, full democracy to elect and be elected, no class privileges and no exploiting classes. It affirmed that peace, prosperity, freedom and fraternal unity of the peoples are not merely a utopia, a pipe-dream. They are attainable and the necessity of our times.
Today, the significance of the Great October Revolution to human history has actually increased as a result of the restoration of capitalism in the former Soviet Union, which led to it becoming an imperialist superpower and then to its collapse. The consequence is the brutal neo-liberal anti-social offensive and wars to achieve regime change and domination led by the U.S. imperialists, as they collude and contend with other great powers for domination over spheres of influence and sources of cheap resources, labour and zones for the export of capital with highest returns. In the conditions of the retreat of revolution, the world is now waking up to take stock of what it means to have a society such as the one which came into being just over one hundred years ago when Soviet Russia was established and Soviet power created a new society where the workers decided all matters in a manner which favoured their interests.
The conditions of the present are forcing all concerned to look at the most important events of the past with the eye of the present, to assist in securing the future. All over the world, the peoples are striving to bring new forms into being, based on democratic principles which vest sovereign decision-making power in the people in a manner which is consistent with the needs of the 21st century.
Not only did the October Revolution bring an
class to power -- the working class -- it also inspired the
workers and oppressed of all lands to embark on the same path.
The national crisis created out of the First World War was
resolved in favour of the people. It also ended this bloodiest
war in history which was being fought between the imperialist
powers for the re-division of the world. The Russian Revolution
brought to power those forces which lay latent in the bosom of
the old society. The workers, peasants and the intelligentsia and
other working people established a power which favoured them for
the first time in human history.
This was the first revolution that created an entirely new society. Socialism appeared on the world historical scene, as predicted by Karl Marx, and the practice of the proletarian revolution ushered in an entirely new period, the period of ending the exploitation of persons by persons and of creating a socialist and communist society on the world scale.
The founder and leader of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), Hardial Bains, emphasized that during the entire period which has followed the October Revolution, "people have been profoundly imbued with change. Everything points to a great upheaval in the making for the renewal of the society again at this time. Workers cannot but draw the conclusion that prejudices and dogmas are no substitute for a clear conscience and scientific analysis, on the basis of which the crisis in the sphere of ideas can be overcome and cognition can take place in favour of the people and that this is the necessary ideological preparation for renewal."
"This period in history is increasingly bringing forth the necessity to look at all events in history with an open mind, by depending on the body of knowledge and experience of life itself to come to pertinent conclusions. A grasp of the present, a strong handle on what is going on in front of one's eyes, has become vital to ward off that blindness which presents events in history as the work of some evil forces, instead of recognizing them as important milestones on the high road of civilization," Hardial Bains added.
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) hails the Great October Revolution with a great deal of revolutionary optimism, by always keeping in mind that it is the working people who are to decide their future themselves. It is their stubborn persistence for renewal of the world today which reinforces the Party's resolve to continue until final victory.
The world is in transition from one system to another. The workers of the world and progressive peoples are striving to bring a new world into being. They are taking stock of the present situation in which democratic renewal has emerged as the most important demand in order to humanize the social and natural environment. What people are demanding is to take control of their lives, their decision-making, their political power. The working class is the most important part of this struggle for renewal in which abolishing class privileges and discrimination based on race, culture, nationality, religion, gender, language and privileges has become the battle cry. The content, the words, the analysis and observations, and the demands which the working people are putting forward far exceed the possibilities that the existing forms can provide. As a result, they are calling for a change in the forms to ensure that they can bring about the necessary changes for the resolution of the conflict in their favour. Increasingly, the political processes are coming under fire and the politicians have to resort to even greater deception and anti-people, anti-social laws.
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), taking into consideration all the developments of the past more than 100 years since the triumph of the Great October Socialist Revolution, calls on the workers to stand steadfastly behind their cause. The experience of this entire period is very instructive. CPC(M-L) calls on the workers to join with the Party to leave behind everything which has been negative, especially the influence of the bourgeois world outlook, in favour of elaborating their own reference points that help them make heads and tails of unfolding events, and work out what can be done to turn things around in their favour.
It Can Be Done! It Must Be Done!
(Photos: TMLW, TeleSUR)
(To access articles individually click on the black headline.)
Website: www.cpcml.ca Email: firstname.lastname@example.org