Communist Party of Austria Bars Austrian Section of the RCIT from Participating in Its Annual Festival


By Revolutionary Communist Organization BEFREIUNG (RKOB, Austrian Section of the RCIT), 31 August 2016,




The national leadership of the Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ) has informed the Austrian section of the RCIT (RKOB) that it will be barred from participating in the party’s annual festival this year on 3/4 September. For decades the KPÖ has been holding an annual festival, the Austrian version of the L’Humanité Fête of the French Communist Party or various other Communist Parties in Europe.


For 25 years, we, whether as part of our recursor organizations or as the RKOB since its founding in 2011, have participated the CP’s annual festival with a stall paid for by us, like many other progressive organizations. However, the leadership of the CP recently informed us that this year we will not be allowed to set up a stall. In a letter sent by the CP to the RKOB, the explanation given for barring our participation were “serious differences on important international questions (your viewpoint on Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, the situation in Iraq, in Syria and in particular your viewpoint on IS).


As we have reported in the past, the Communist Party of Austria has been a main opponent of the Austrian section of the RCIT for many years, and continually takes exception to our consistent anti-imperialist, anti-racist and anti-Zionist program and practices; practices we have put into operation, for example, by organizing numerous activities against imperialist wars, solidarity with the Palestinian resistance and the Arab Revolution, in the struggle against Islamophobia and racism, and in our collaboration with migrant communities. On May Day of 2016 we organized a successful internationalist demonstration together with Syrian, Egyptian, Arab-Iranian, Tunisian and Latin American migrants. (1)


As a result, the Communist Party of Austria has felt itself obliged to publish various polemics attacking our organization and, in light of our increasing popularity and strength, it is now attempting to silence us via bureaucratic measures. (2)


These bureaucratic measures are the logical result of the CP’s reformist and social-imperialist policy. It is the sister party of the French Communist Party which voted for the introduction of French president Hollande’s emergency regime against Muslim migrants and its imperialist war in Iraq. The Communist Party of Austria also maintains friendly relations with the Iraqi Communist Party which has a record of collaboration with the US occupation. Furthermore, the CP has a record of collaboration with radical pro-Zionist organizations. The CP’s youth organization, for example, was among the organizers of pro-Israel rallies during the Gaza war in 2012 under the slogan “Free Gaza from Hamas”! (3)


Irrespective of the CP’s efforts to hinder our work, as the Austrian section of the RCIT, we in the RKOB will continue our revolutionary work in solidarity with all oppressed peoples and against the great imperialist powers and their social-imperialist lackeys.


For a more detailed statement in German on the CPA’s decision to bar the RKOB from its annual festival, see: Almedina Gunić: Anti-Imperialismus und Palästina-Solidarität– Die großen Feindbilder der KPÖ. Über den Ausschluss der RKO BEFREIUNG vom Volksstimmefest 2016, 31. August 2016,






(1) See the 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,


(2) See, for example,. the CPA’s polemics against the RKOB during the Gaza war in 2014 and at the beginning of the new imperialist drive in Iraq and Syria: Roland Steixner: “Revolutionärer” Wahnsinn, KPÖ, 08.10.2014,; KPÖ Wien: Stoppt das Morden – Gewalt ist keine Lösung, 18. Juli 2014—gewalt-ist-keine-los. Our reply to these polemics can be appear in an article in Germany by Michael Pröbsting: Die KPÖ und Obamas Krieg im Nahen Osten. Antwort auf eine neuerliche KPÖ-Polemik gegen die RKO BEFREIUNG, 25.10.2014,; Michael Pröbsting: Gaza-Krieg: Israel-freundliche KPÖ verleumdet erneut die RKO-BEFREIUNG, 25.7.2014,


(3) See





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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