Zimbabwe: New Upsurge of Mass Protests

Report (with Pictures) by the International Revolutionary Workers of Zimbabwe, fraternal oorganization of the RCIT, 3.8.2016, www.thecommunists.net




Three years after Zanu PF mada promise to provide 2,2 million jobs, over 30 000 workers were fired from employment after a Supreme Court on July 17 last year made a landmark ruling allowing employers to fire workers on three months’ notice.


Thousands of people including university graduates have turned to vending as the economy and employment sector continue to shrink.


The Zanu PF 2013 election manifesto promised to provide every Zimbabwean with a high quality life in terms of “access to decent work or employment, reliable transport, quality education, good health, decent housing or shelter, water and sanitation”, as well as to build 1,25 million houses to clear the national housing backlog.


Hundreds of demonstrators have thronged the ministry of legal affairs offices to submit a petition against bond notes. Next, they moved to parliament building to submit a petition on unemployment. But on their way police, armed with teargas, water cannons, baton sticks and guns, descended on the peaceful protesters, throwing teargas and causing chaos in the city centre in a bid to stop marchers from advancing to Parliament building.


The demonstrators protested against


* Zanu PF government’s failure to provide the 2,2 million job it promised in its 2013 election campaign and,


* Government’s intention to introduce bond notes.


Today’s protests in Zimbabwe come at a time when civil frustration is rising over government’s mismanagement of the economy, corruption, among many other failures of the ruling Zanu PF admnistration.


Although claiming to be anti-imperialist, the Mugabe government is collaborating with the Great Powers (China, USA, EU, etc.).


The International Revolutionary Workers of Zimbabwe (IRWZ), fraternal oorganization of the RCIT, says:


No to the popular front regime of Mugabe which is preserving the capitalist system and which exploits us workers and keeps the masses of the people in poverty!


Furthermore IRWZ defends Zimbabwe against all attacks from imperialism or from counterrevolutionary forces.


The Mugabe regime must be overthrown by the workers and peasants, not the great powers and their local agents!


Direct colonial oppression will never come back to our country!


Kick out all corrupt administrators or managers – only we as workers can assure that the economy serves the people not imperialism!


Only the unity of workers and the poor peasants against the rich can open the road to the liberation of the masses of the people!


For a national public emergency plan to end unemployment, inflation and combat diseases!


For a Socialist Federation of all people in Africa!


Down with imperialism, capitalism and oppression!


Forward with the African Revolution!


Forward with the workers struggle!





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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