Report on May Day 2016 in Austria: Joint Resistance against Racist Attacks

Forceful, militant, internationalist demonstration despite racist attacks

 

Report (with Pictures and Videos) on the multinational, internationalist demonstration in Vienna marking May Day 2016 organized by the Revolutionary Communist Organization LIBERATION www.rkob.net

 

 

 

The Revolutionary Communist organization LIBERATION (RKO LIBERATION, the Austrian section of the RCIT), organized a forceful, militant demonstration of 150 participants on May Day in Vienna. Among the participants were representatives from several migrant organizations including the Austria Coordination Council in Support of the Syrian Revolution, the Coordination Council of the Egyptian Community, the Ahwazi (Iranian Arab community), the Organization of Migrants from Iraq, and the Latin American Platform in Vienna. Brothers and sisters from Vienna’s Tunisian community were also present. Together we marched to demonstrate our internationalist solidarity with workers and oppressed throughout the world and our unflagging commitment to the fight against racism. We protested against the dictatorship of General al-Sisi in Egypt and Assad’s brutal rule in Syria, the imperialist-backed regime in Iraq, against theocratic Iran, against the ongoing parliamentarian coup in Brazil, for a free, red Palestine, and against the repression of migrants and the exploitation of workers everywhere, including in Austria.

 

This multinational, internationalist demonstration was viciously attacked by a group of Austrian racists who were not even deterred by the presence of the many families with small children who attended. Cowardly and to a certain extent drunk, these brutes tried several times to attack our demonstrators, and continually heaped insults upon us. Just like Alice Schwarzer, these louts see every woman wearing a headscarf as a symbol of “Islamist terrorism” and therefore a legitimate target for insults, thereby unsuccessfully attempting to disguise their own vile racism and sexism behind an allegedly “democratic” struggle for equality and against anti-Semitism. Sadly, these types of racists are actually commonly referred to by the local media as anti-nationalist, anti-fascist and anti-sexist. This perversion is particularly ironic seeing how they immediately denounce any criticism of the apartheid state of Israel as overt anti-Semitism, and basically see Muslims as nothing more than latent anti-Semites. Given their twisted logic, it’s no wonder that these cowardly racists even tried to attack and beat women among our demonstrators. When our comrades successfully managed to defend our sisters in the march, shouting “women beaters” at the would-be assailants, these warped men in all seriousness indignantly attempted to insult our comrades accusing us of “sexism”(!) But our comrades from the Austrian section of the RCIT successfully thwarted these racist provocateurs and put an end to their attempts to interrupt our multinational demonstration.

 

Undeterred by several attempts by these vile racists and women beaters to disrupt our May Day march and celebration, in the end our march and the public rally afterwards were a success. The crowd was addressed by a number of speakers among them Rahime Berisha, Almedina Gunić, Marek Hangler, Johannes Wiener and Michael Pröbsting, each one speaking as a member of the Austrian section of the RCIT. Other speakers included Ibrahim Ali from the Egyptian community, Dr. Hamoui from the Syrian community, and Comrade Isabel from the Latin America Platform in Vienna. There were also speeches by Abderrahmen Laarouchi, a Moroccan migrant, and a Syrian refugee who just recently arrived in Austria. Several speakers, including Abderrahmen Laarouchi, emphasized that we are fighting against Zionism and the apartheid state Israel, but not against Jewish people who are our brothers and sisters.

 

Elated and in the spirit of internationalism, militant anti-Zionism and anti-racism, we successfully concluded our May Day demonstration with calling out a joint slogan: “Long live internationalist solidarity!”

 

Speeches from the May Day demonstration as well as photographs of our contingent can be viewed on the RKOB website at: http://www.rkob.net/wer-wir-sind-1/rkob-aktiv-bei/erster-mai-2016/

 

 

 

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About RCIT Britain

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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