Following the Murder of Mousine Fikri: Solidarity with the Mass Protests in Morocco!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 06.11.2016, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

  1. The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) expresses its full solidarity with the mass protests taking place in Morocco. These protests began on 28 October in Al-Hoceima after social media spread the tragic story of Mousine Fikri, a fishmonger crushed to death inside a garbage truck as he tried to block the destruction of a truckload of his fish confiscated by police.

 

  1. As a result, the February 20th Movement, which emerged during the spring of 2011, sprang back to life and has taken the lead in organizing the protests, which have spread to 40 cities. Protesters chanted “Mouhcine is a Martyr” and “Down with the Makhzen,” referring to the “deep state” in Morocco which is centered on the king and consists of royal notables, top-ranking military personnel, landowners, security service bosses, civil servants and other well-connected members of the establishment.

 

  1. The killing of Mousine Fikri by the police is a symbol for the authoritarian and oppressive nature of the Moroccan regime. Morocco’s regime of King Mohammed VI is a reactionary monarchy governing a capitalist semi-colonial country which has been one of the most stable and reliably loyal allies of the US and European imperialist powers in the Middle East. For example it has supported the military intervention of France in Mali since 2013.

 

  1. King Mohammed VI rules the country with the help of the bourgeois Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), which has governed the country since 2011, as well as other bourgeois parties like the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) and the Istiqlal (Independence) Party.

 

  1. The regime also receives the support by so-called left-wing parties like the social democratic Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) as well as the ex-Stalinist Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS). Both of these latter parties are represented in the parliament and have repeatedly been part of the king’s governments during the last two decades. With full justification both of these parties can be dubbed “His Majesty’s Socialists.” The Moroccan workers and youth should put no trust in such parties, as they will only tactically support any protests in order to improve their positions in the power-game inside the Makhzen.

 

  1. Like in other countries of the region, capitalism is incapable of offering any perspective to the workers and poor of Morocco. While the official unemployment rate stands at 9–10%, in fact only around 42% of the working age population has a job. According to official statistics, 38.8% of urban youth had no job in June 2016!

 

  1. Unsurprisingly, unrest is simmering in Morocco for quite some time. While the regime managed to pacify the mass protests in 2011 with constitutional reforms, the country saw a successful one-day general strike against the pension reform in February 2016 which was organized by the UMT, the CDT and two other trade union federations and which was joined by nearly 85% of the private and public sector workers. Another reflection of the popular resentment against the Makhzen is the weak turnout at the parliamentary election in October – only 43% of the electorate voted.

 

  1. The recent upsurge of protests is also inspired by the long-standing discrimination of the Rifian Berbers (also called Amazighen) in the north of the country. In an interview with Al Jazeera, Faysal Awssal, a member of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights said: “We want them [the authorities] to know that the children of this region want to end the oppression. People here want respect for the people of Al-Hoceima. People are [politically] aware. We want an investigation that determines what happens.”

 

  1. The Rifian Berbers have a long standing tradition of resistance – most famously represented in the heroic liberation struggle of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd el-Karim El-Khattabi, an Islamist tribal leader who led an popular uprising against the Spanish and French colonial powers from 1921 to 1926 and which was enthusiastically supported by the Communist International.

 

  1. The current mass protests are a powerful confirmation of the RCIT’s assessment that the period of the Arab Revolution which started in 2011 has not ended. Despite a number of setbacks – as a result of the cul-de-sac in which the petty-bourgeois secular and Islamist leaderships led the popular struggles – the workers and peasants in the region are continuing their struggle against authoritarian regimes and social injustice.

 

  1. In order to avoid repression and exhaustion of the mass protests, activists should build local action committees in the workplaces, schools, universities and neighborhoods which organize the workers, youth and poor in regular assemblies. These assemblies should elect delegates in order to create an acting leadership for the struggle. These delegates should also coordinate the struggle nationally.

 

  1. At the same time, activists should put pressure on the trade union as well as the leaderships of opposition parties, forcing them to support these protests with their significant material resources. Activists should, however, be careful not to hand over the control of the movement to these forces. Instead, activists should call for a united front of all forces which are ready to support the protests.

 

  1. The RCIT calls upon activists to link the protests against the murder of Mousine Fikri with the perspective of the overthrow of the reactionary regime and for a workers’ and peasant government based on popular councils and militias. They should also link the struggle in their country with the ongoing popular struggles against dictatorships and injustice in other countries. We see the resistance of the Moroccan people as part of the ongoing Arab Revolution along with the heroic struggle of the Syrian people in its revolution against the tyrant Assad, the resistance of the Egyptian people against General al-Sisi, the steadfast struggle of the Palestinian people, as well as many other examples.

 

  1. The RCIT sends its greetings to all Moroccan revolutionaries and calls them to join forces with us in the international struggle for a socialist future!

 

* For the forming of action committees in the workplaces, schools, universities and neighborhoods!

 

* For a united front of all forces to protest against the murder of Mousine Fikri!

 

* For a workers’ and peasant government based on popular councils and militias

 

* For a single Intifada of the workers and peasants – from Al-Hoceima, Rabat, Aleppo, Tripoli and Cairo to Jerusalem!

 

 

 

International Secretariat of the RCIT

 

 

 

For the RCIT’s analysis of the Arab Revolution we refer readers to:

 

RCIT: World Perspectives 2016: Advancing Counterrevolution and Acceleration of Class Contradictions Mark the Opening of a New Political Phase. Theses on the World Situation, the Perspectives for Class Struggle and the Tasks of Revolutionaries (January 2016), Chapter IV.2. Counterrevolutionary Offensive: The Retreat of the Arab Revolution Continues Despite Heroic Popular Struggles, in: Revolutionary Communism No. 47, http://www.thecommunists.net/theory/world-perspectives-2016/part6/

 

RCIT: Revolution and Counterrevolution in the Arab World: An Acid Test for Revolutionaries, 31 May 2015, in: Revolutionary Communism No. 36, http://www.thecommunists.net/theory/theses-arab-revolution/

 

 

 

Furthermore, we refer readers to numerous statements and articles on individual countries in the Middle East which can be viewed on our website at http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/

 

 

 

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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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