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YCL address to International Communist Youth on the achievements of the October Revolution #WFYS2017

On 18 October 2017, YCL General Secretary Owain Holland addressed a meeting of International Communist Youth Organisations at the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students celebrating the achievements of the Great October Socialist Revolution in 1917.

Comrades, so much has already been said tonight about the achievements of the Great October Socialist Revolution with which we already agree, so I will remain brief.

The Young Communist League brings revolutionary greetings from Britain on this, the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution.

We in Britain look back to a time when British soldiers mutinied and refused to board ships to Russia when the British government attempted to, in the words of Winston Churchill, strangle the bolshevik baby in its cradle. The Revolution was a process that opened the road to so many achievements for the Soviet peoples which resulted from the overthrow of the bourgeoisie in Russia. Internationally the Revolution lead to the defeat of Nazi Germany, gave crucial support to the fledgling socialist Cuba, countless liberation struggles and the war against apartheid.

Here at the World Festival of Youth and Students we see just how far the nations of the former Soviet Union have fallen from their great past. In Ukraine we see the rise and prominence of fascist organisations and anti communism, here in the Russian Federation the organising authorities have attempted to include some of the most unsavoury elements in the Festival. From this it is evident just how much work the Communist Youth of the World Federation have to do to maintain the character of the Festival and to create the kind of society we want to see.

There is a long way to go but we have the lessons and inspirations of the Revolution to draw on. Here’s to the future revolutions and to movement that we will grow and take on the road to socialism.

Sochi, Russian Federation

18 October 2017

YCL arrives at 19th World Festival of Youth and Students 

The delegation from the Young Communist League Britain has arrived at the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students after a long journey from Heathrow to Moscow, then to Sochi, Russia. 

The point of this trip is simple: to join and share the debates with our international sister organisations, the Young Communist Leagues and anti-imperialist progressive youth groups who together with us constitute the World Federation of Democratic Youth, and help to make this year’s festival a success.For one week, we will be participating in festival activities and workshops where young people and students of the world will rally together for peace, progress and social justice, share their experiences and cultures and make lasting friendships.

Members of the Executive Committee of the YCL will be reunited with comrades whom we have met at international events, and with whom we share links but might have never met in person, and take the opportunity to share the experiences of our countries and establish closer friendships.

Finally, it will be an incredible and developmental experience for many of us, going abroad together as a team, working together at workshops and sporting events, and living together as an official delegation from our country’s youth for a week.

We will continue to build upon actions like these and hope that many more young people will place their trust in the Young Communist League as a voice for British youth in the future.

YCL Statement Following the UK General Election (June 2017)

In the campaign preceding the UK general elections, the YCL advocated a vote for the British Labour Party under the left­wing leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. This was the only logical conclusion, it being the only immediate option for an end to austerity for the British people, and instant gains for the Working Class Read More…

Galvanise the Left Vote; Build the League

Statement from YCL General Secretary Owain Holland on the June 2017 General Election result:

June’s election has shown not just a huge appetite for ‘change’ but an undeniable approval of socialism amongst working class Britain. Especially amongst the youth of Britain. They have shattered the Tory’s ‘Strong & Stable’ delusion. Comrades, we must recruit and build, not just the wider labour movement-we must build the communist youth to lead the vanguard of the struggle against a government that is shaking.

Comrades; agitate, educate and organise for the YCL!

Communist Party Statement on 8 June 2017 General Election

The Young Communist League fully endorses the statement of the Communist Party (below). The YCL views yesterday’s announcement as an attempt to manipulate the new parliamentary rules implemented by the Tories themselves in order to try and guarantee five more years of austerity and deliver a ‘mandate’ for an anti-worker Brexit. Let’s turn Theresa May’s great gamble into the vehicle which removes the Tories from power and ushers in a Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn – all the time fighting to build the Party and the YCL. 

Echoing the demands of our demands of our 48th Congress in December – ‘Halt the ruling class offensive! Build the League!’ Read More…