Britain: 4th Anniversary Syrian Revolution Demonstration

Report (with Photos) from the Solidarity Demonstration on 14th March 2015 in London

By Laurence Humphries, Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 15.3.2015, www.thecommunists.net

This demonstration initiated by the Syrian Solidarity Movement as well as Citizens UK (1) was organised in opposition to the Assad regime in Syria. There were 1.500 people on the demonstration, mainly Syrians nationals or refugees of which there are 6.000 in Britain.

The march from Marble Arch to Downing Street had placards and banners denouncing Assad for murdering many Syrians and causing untold misery to millions people in Syria. (2) There were many chants in English like “Down with Assad” and “For a Free Syria” as well in Arabic. Speakers from Citizens UK reported about their campaign to have as many Syrian refugees as possible admitted to Britain. At the moment they have the support of 4 local authorities.

The RCIT participated in the demonstration because we are opposed to the barbaric torture and oppression of the Syrian people by the Assad regime. We support the struggle of the masses to free them from Assad’s Regime and are for its overthrow through revolutionary means. We advocate the setting up of workers councils and defence guards to protect the masses against the Assad regime.

The RCIT has supported from the beginning the Revolution of the Syrian workers and peasants against the bourgeois dictatorship of the Assad regime. We support the popular struggle – even if it takes place under non-working class leaderships – to bring down the dictatorship. We warn against any illusions in the secular and religious bourgeois and petty-bourgeois leaderships of the opposition (FSA, Al-Nusra etc.). We support the massive formation of Local Coordination Councils and call for their transformation into action councils (like the Soviets in Russia in 1917) and armed militias of the workers and peasants which should coordinate nation-wide. Our perspective is the struggle for a workers government allied with the peasants and urban poor and based on local councils and militias. This however is only possible if a revolutionary workers party is built in time to lead the workers and oppressed to power.” (3)

Unfortunately the so-called “left” was mostly absent. Many of them have taken a conscious decision to side with Assad against the masses with their argument of “anti-imperialism” which in fact is a cover for them siding with Assad against the masses. The question of dialectics escapes them and they turn out to be formalists of the worse kind. Authentic anti-imperialism is always organically combined with support for revolutionary democratic liberation struggles. (4)

As a result the pro-Eastern social-imperialists – particularly the Stalinists of the Communist Party and of the CPGB-ML and ultra-lefts like the RCG – side with the Assad regime. This list also includes the miniscule pseudo-Trotskyist sect Socialist Fight/LCFI who more than any other group take up support for Assad in their Stalinophile caricature of “anti-imperialism”. Others including the SWP/IST, SPEW/CWI or SA/IMT, while refusing to be cheerleaders of Assad, fail to support the uprising of the Syrian people. Naturally the pro-Western social-imperialist social democratic parties like the Labour Party also don’t raise a finger in support for the Syrian Revolution.

The RCIT advocates: (5)

* Victory to the Syrian Revolution! Down with the Assad Dictatorship!

* For international solidarity with the Syrian rebel and popular movement!

* Stop the Russian and Chinese support for the murderous Assad dictatorship!

* USA, UK, and France: No military attacks against Syria!

* Down with the Zionist Apartheid State!

* Solidarity with the Palestinian liberation struggle! Support the resistance against the imperialist-backed military dictatorship in Egypt!

* For a Workers Government allied with the Peasants and Urban Poor and based on local councils and militias!

NOTES

(1) See Syrian Solidarity Movement: www.facebook.com/syriasolidaritymovement; Citizens UK: http://www.citizensuk.org/

(2) See photos below respectively at http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/report-syria-demo-14-3-2015/

(3) RCIT: Syria: against Assad and Imperialism – Victory to the Revolution. International Solidarity with the Popular Revolution against the murderous Assad Dictatorship! But without and against any Western Imperialist Intervention. 27.8.2013, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/syria-against-assad-imperialism/

(4) See on this e.g. Michael Pröbsting: Liberation Struggles and Imperialist Interference. The failure of sectarian “anti-imperialism” in the West, Autumn 2012, http://www.thecommunists.net/theory/liberation-struggle-and-imperialism

(5) RCIT: Syria: against Assad and Imperialism

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What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. For new, revolutionary workers' parties in all countries! For a 5th Workers International to be founded on a revolutionary program! Join the RCIT! No future without socialism! No socialism without revolution! No revolution without a revolutionary party!
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