Syria: For an Independent Revolutionary Road!

Down with the Bombing and Siege against Aleppo! Stop the Turkish Invasion and Occupation! No to the Imperialist Conspiracy against the Syrian Masses!


Joint Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and Sınıf Savaşı (Turkey), 25.09.2016, and




Every day the situation in Syria gets more precarious for the popular masses. The so-called “peace deal” which was negotiated by the imperialist Great Powers, Russia and the United States, constitutes a tremendous threat to the Syrian Revolution. In these negotiations it was clear that neither Russia nor for the United States, not the EU nor the regional power Turkey, desire to topple the bloody dictatorship of Assad. Instead, the highest priority for western and eastern imperialism is to fight against those forces which are not under the direct control of one of the Great Powers. This means, on one hand, the arch-reactionary IS/Daesh while on the other it means the Syrian popular masses who are currently under the leadership of various, non-revolutionary or even openly reactionary rebel groups.


The cease fire agreement was broken by Assad’s army and Russian imperialism which saw no reason to stop their well-fed and well-armed troops from advancing against eastern Aleppo and other areas under the control of various poorly-armed rebel-factions.


The RCIT and Sınıf Savaşı stand against this new offensive by Assad’s army, supported directly by Russian imperialism. Although we cannot give political support to any of the rebel factions who are led by petty-bourgeois Islamists or nationalists, we do stand for the defense of the areas held by them. Syrian revolutionaries need to organize independently in authentically revolutionary cells and brigades and fight against Assad’s army as well as against imperialism. This means opposing all bombing campaigns, no matter if the bombs are dropped by Assad’s, Russian, American, French or British planes!


We also stand against the invasion of northern Syria by the Turkish army. This invasion was agreed upon in advance with both western and eastern imperialism as well as with Assad. The reason for this invasion – which was also supported by small forces of pro-imperialist rebel groups – was not to overthrow Assad or to fight IS/Daesh, but to stop the Kurdish forces from uniting the two areas held by them and establishing a contiguous area under the control of PYD/YPG adjacent to the southern border of Turkey. This would have been a tremendous danger for the instable Turkish state and its war against the Kurdish masses.


While we absolutely defend the PYD/YPG against every attack by the Turkish army or by IS/Daesh, we sharply criticize its leadership for openly collaborating with imperialism. We call upon the leadership of PYD/YPG to break with western and eastern imperialism, since only in this way can Kurdish revolutionaries build a truly multi-national movement against the arch-reactionary IS/Daesh, imperialism and capitalism.


The Syrian masses are in their current dreadful position due to the conspiracy of nearly all the imperialist Great Powers (Russia, the US and EU), the bourgeois Assad-dictatorship, but also the various non-revolutionary forces who hijacked the attempted democratic revolution which started in 2011.


The two so-called “Communist” (in reality Stalinist) parties of Syria bear a major responsibility for this situation as they have been long-time allies of the reactionary dictatorship of the Assad clan and have thereby slandered socialism and communism in the eyes of the Syrian masses. Likewise, the liberal-secularist opposition bears responsibility for the current situation, as they have always been open to deals with imperialism and the regime.


The only real alternative for the Syrian masses is to wage a struggle against all Great Powers and against the Assad dictatorship (which is now seen by Western imperialism as the lesser evil, and even as a respectable partner) for freedom, bread and justice! Therefore we need to form a “counter-conspiracy” of the popular masses in the region and throughout the entire world against the conspiracy of the Great Powers, the dictators, and the kings!


The RCIT and Sınıf Savaşı dedicated to building revolutionary organizations in every country which will act as a single, united international organization. This is the only way in which the masses of the workers and oppressed can win – not separate but united!





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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