Zimbabwe: Mass Unrest against the Mugabe Regime!

 

Report from the International Revolutionary Workers of Zimbabwe, 6 July 2016, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

On 4 July, Harare turned into a battle zone between commuter omnibus operators and the Zimbabwe Republic Police force. Burning tyres were used as barricades to enforce the strike.

 

The people are demanding the reduction of police road blocks on all roads and suspension of all spot fines. Furthermore we demand the 2million jobs which were promised by the Mugabe regime during the 2013 elections. We are also demanding that the pensioners are paid in time.

 

In Epworth, one of the high densely populated suburbs in the East of Harare, witnessed the most fierce battles.

 

According to unconfirmed reports three police officers died during the battle. Gun shoots could also be head in one of eastern suburb Zimre Park albeit no reports of injuries or death were received.

 

In some parts of the country, a spontaneous general strike is taking place. Schools, clinics and shops are closed. Any commuter omnibus which is seen loading passengers is blocked by residents. People are building barricades all over the country.

 

As usual, the government responds with brutal force and is massively mobilizing its police forces.

 

In addition the teachers are currently on strike in the whole country demanding their salaries. Furthermore the civil servants are demanding their salaries. There is wide outrage that about 15 billion are missing from the income of the diamond mining companies. It is therefore hardly surprising that the demand for Mugabe to step down is very popular amongst the workers, peasants and poor.

 

The International Revolutionary Workers of Zimbabwe fully support the popular struggle against the corrupt police force and the Mugabe regime. We say: “The people are our strength! The workers are the pillar of our economy!

 

Together with the people we chant on the streets: “Tajamuka! Tajamuka!” (We refuse! We refuse!) We call for the formation of popular action committees in all workplaces and neighborhoods to democratically organize the struggle.

 

The goal should be the organization of an indefinite general strike to defend our interests and to bring down the Mugabe regime! The only solution is the formation of a workers government in alliance with the poor peasants and the urban poor!

 

It is highly important that militant workers and youth join forces in order to build a revolutionary workers party as part of a new, Fifth International – the world party of socialist revolution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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. 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