cropped-cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgFor the Iranian Revolution!

Down with the capitalist Mullah dictatorship! Down with Imperialism! For a working class revolution in Iran!

 

Action Platform for Iran by the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), February 2017, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

  1. Iran is a capitalist semi-colonial country. It is ruled by a bourgeois class which utilizes the huge state-capitalist sector (about 60% of the economy) to enrich themselves and to finance the huge repressive state apparatus which they need to control their own people. Iran is a semi-colony. This means that, while formally independent, it is in fact strongly dependent economically on the world market dominated by the imperialist multinational corporations and is subordinated in world politics to the imperialist Great Powers: the US, EU, China, Russia, and Japan. It is particularly dependent on its income from oil exports which make up 24% of its entire annual economic output (GDP) and 88% of its total exports. Like other semi-colonies, Iran suffers super-exploitation by the imperialist monopolies – in particular by being forced to sell its oil exports at a lower price. While Iran is attempting to become a regional power, it in particular needs to remain subordinate to the rising imperialist powers, China and Russia. Iran increasingly acts as a policeman of imperialism in the region, as its interventions in Syria and Iraq against the rebellious masses demonstrate very clearly.

 

  1. Iran is ruled today by a reactionary bourgeois-Islamist regime currently led by Chamene’i and Rohani. This regime oversees and enforces the systematic exploitation of the working class and suppresses any form of independent trade unions. It oppresses the numerous national minorities like the Azerbaijanis, Lurs, Kurds, Ahwazi Arabs, Balochs and others, and it suppresses women and youth. This reactionary regime came to power after the betrayal and misleading of the heroic revolution of the workers and youth in 1979 by Banisadr as well as by the leaderships of Tudeh, the People’s Mujahedin and the Fedaian.

 

  1. The exploitation and oppression of the working class, the poor peasants, the national minorities, the women and youth can only be abolished by a successful socialist revolution. Such a revolution must not be merely a coup d’état, but a mass armed uprising of the workers and the popular masses to overthrow the dictatorship. The goal of the revolution must be the establishment of a workers’ and peasant republic. In such a republic, the working class and popular masses will rule via direct-democratic councils – Shoras – based in the enterprises, neighborhoods and villages. The economy will no longer serve the capitalists, but will be publicly owned, controlled by the working people and planned in the people’s interest. It will radically solve the democratic question, by consistently giving democratic rights to all oppressed people of Iran and combining this with the establishment of social justice, a precondition for real democracy that serves the oppressed.

 

  1. Although the Rohani government poses itself as more liberal, this is mostly an illusion to lure the Iranian masses as well as to nurture better connections with western imperialism and to open the country to western tourism. The working class and the oppressed detest the reactionary Mullah regime. Despite fierce repression, we have seen in the recent years numerous struggles like the bus-driver strike in Teheran, the mass protests after the 2009 Iranian presidential election (the “Green Movement”), the continued national liberation struggle of the Kurdish people, etc. Revolutionary Socialists support these mass protests against the regime. We fight inside these movements side by side with our brothers and sisters. We struggle inside such movements against the dangerous influence of bourgeois leaders like Mousavi, Rafsanjani and Khatami. The workers’ and democratic movement must not serve the interests of any faction of the ruling class. It must fight for its own democratic, anti-imperialist and social goals by establishing action committees of the masses to take up the lead in the struggle. Revolutionary Socialists call for support of the international workers’ movement for the progressive activists in Iran.

 

  1. Revolutionary Socialists in Iran and around the world oppose all forms of imperialist pressure and extortion. Iran is victim of the imperialists’ greed since its proven oil and gas reserves constitute respectively 10% and 15% of world’s known total. We oppose all forms of imperialist sanctions against Iran. We condemn the regular military threats of the US and Israel against Iran, as we witnessed with the latest intimidations by Donald Trump. In the vent of an imperialist attack against Iran, we call for the defense of Iran and the defeat of the imperialist powers. We call for international mass mobilizations against any such imperialist aggression.

 

  1. We stand for international solidarity with the heroic national liberation struggle of the Palestinian people against the Zionist Apartheid state of Israel. We call for the smashing of Israel, the right of return for the millions of Palestinian refugees and the creation of a single workers’ and peasant republic in the whole of Palestine, with minority rights for the Jewish population. We support the popular revolution in Syria against the reactionary Assad dictatorship. We sharply condemn the massive support for Assad by the regime of Mullahs in Teheran and the Russian-Iranian military intervention as well as the Western intervention. The Iranian workers and oppressed must demonstrate that they have nothing in common with the Iranian government. We also condemn Iran’s support for the sectarian and pro-imperialist Iraqi government in Bagdad as well as Iran’s intervention in Iraq. We are in solidarity with the anti-imperialist liberation struggle of all oppressed people – whether this be the Afghani struggle against the NATO occupation, the US presence in Pakistan, the French occupation in Mali, the struggle of the Chechnya people against Russian occupation, or the struggle of the Uyghurs against Chinese occupation. What we need is an independent revolutionary struggle against all great powers and oppressors!

 

  1. The struggle for liberation within Iran, as well as internationally, can only be won if we build a revolutionary socialist party nationally and internationally. Only such a party can give the necessary leadership for those struggles. Only such a party can transmit the socialist program to the masses. It is therefore the central task of all consistent revolutionary forces to focus on building such a party. The RCIT urges all revolutionaries, especially in Iran, to fight together for the founding of such a party.

 

Specifically, what we are fighting for in Iran, as elsewhere, is expressed in the following slogans:

 

* No to the privatization of public enterprises! No to price liberalizations and cuts in food subsidies!

 

* Expropriate the rich and use their wealth for social programs and a public employment program!

 

* For the right to set up independent trade unions!

 

* Free all political prisoners!

 

* Self determination for the national minorities in Iran, including the right to secede!

 

* Liberate women from all religious restrictions, dress codes, and male tutelage. Stop state interference in the sexual life of the people!

 

* Build Shoras and self-defense units to fight against the regime!

 

* Down with the reactionary bourgeois-Islamist regime of Chamene’i and Rohani!

 

* Down with Iran’s role as a regional policeman for imperialist powers (like Russia and China)!

 

* For a revolutionary constituent assembly!

 

* For a workers’ and peasants’ government!

 

* For international working class solidarity with the Iranian workers’ and democratic movements!

 

* No to imperialist sanctions and war against Iran!

 

* For a socialist federation of the Middle East!

 

* For the founding of a revolutionary workers’ party, as part of a revolutionary, Fifth Workers International!

 

 

 

Workers and Oppressed, Unite!

 

 

 

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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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