Communist Youth Organizations (CYOs) received the Joint Appeal for the Refugee Issue, initially an initiative by 6 CYOs, KNE – SDAJ – FGC – SKOJ – CJC – TKG. CYOs from every corner of the world, CYOs, from countries that face imperialist wars and their people face the consequences of capitalism that creates crisis, wars, and refugees, declare the following:
Solidarity to the refugees. Let´s strengthen our struggle against imperialist wars and capitalism, that gives rise to crises, wars, refugees
The Communist Youth Organizations express our solidarity to the victims of the imperialist wars, the more than 65 million of refugees all over the world, among which, more than 30 million are children.
We denounce the peoples´ murderers, NATO, European Union and all the forces that, in favor of their monopolies and for the control of energy reserves, the ways of transportation of energy and commodities and the control of the markets, carry out imperialist interventions and wars. The EU governments have big responsibilities because with their resolutions, they clearly violate the international law, and have trapped millions of refugees, mainly from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, in Turkey, Greece and other countries in which the refugees remain, against their will. They treat the refugees as a very cheap labour force within the framework of the general attack against the workers´rights, they permit or limit the refugee flows in accordance with the needs of the capitalist economy.
We struggle even more vigorously for the relief, the release and secure transportation of refugees to their destinations, for human conditions of temporary hosting. We isolate the fascist and racist forces in every country that point out the refugees (the victims) and acquit the capitalist system (the victimizer) by which they are brought up.
We reveal to the youth the causes that give rise to massive immigration and refugees. We are at the frontline of the expression of genuine popular solidarity, of the joint struggle of the peoples independently from national origin, race, language, religion.
We fight for workers´unity in our countries, to organize resistance and counterattack against the antipopular policy, for the rejection of any kind of division of the working class on the basis of national origin, language, race, religion. Unity among workers, local and immigrants, is the necessary precondition to stop the strategy of the capital that uses conflicts between them in order to increase the exploitation of all workers, to safeguard their capitalist profit.
Towards the 1st of May, 2017, we discuss massively with the youth in our countries about the imperialist war and confirm the actual character of the slogan of the Manifesto of the Communist Party, “Proletarians of all countries, unite!”
We shout: Solidarity to the refugees. Our enemy is capitalism that gives rise to crises, wars, refugees! We struggle for its overthrow! For the workers to be able to live in peace and be masters of their place, eradicating the causes that today force them to massive immigration.
We honor the 100 anniversary of the Great Socialist October Revolution, we project its messages and strengthen the struggle for the only real alternative in capitalist barbarity, socialism.
YCL General Secretary spoke in Toulouse recently to the Mouvement Jeunes Communistes de France (MJCF) in June at a debate entitled ‘Europe: What Solidarity? Speech to the Youth‘. Representatives from the Unión de Juventudes Comunistas de España (UJCE) were also present to represent their views on the European Union. Here is a transcript of the speech delivered on behalf of the YCL:
The position of the YCL has always been against the European Union. Not just Britain’s membership but the organisation’s existence altogether. The EU is a bulwark of neoliberal capitalism which enacts imperialism on a global scale as well as working against the proletariat within the EU itself. In this speech I shall outline why we are, and have always been against the EU and its previous incarnations.
The recent terror attacks in London and Manchester have highlighted not only the complete failure of the government to safeguard its citizens from terrorism but the fact that policies of the Conservative government actually contribute towards terrorism. The YCL recognises the need to halt the British governments imperialist meddling in the Middle East, the need to stop selling arms to governments like that of Saudi Arabia and the need to properly fund the emergency services and the NHS.
The YCL stands by the victims in utmost solidarity. No matter the nationality. No civilian should be targeted in such ways. The YCL condemns the barbarism of the attackers. The YCL must also draw attention to the bourgeois press and the capitalist media who stir up a hysteria over events in Britain yet ignore events perpetrated by the same groups in the Middle East. The YCL stands with victims of terrorism from Britain to Syria and wherever else it occurs.
The YCL calls for a working class response against terrorism and urges the peoples of Britain to halt their government’s imperialist agenda.
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!