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KKE and PAME express solidarity with farmers and agricultural workers in West Bengal

Thursday, May 25, 2017

KKE and PAME express solidarity with farmers and agricultural workers in West Bengal
The KKE denounces the barbaric attack of the forces of repression against mass organizations of poor farmers and agricultural workers in Calcutta, India, yesterday (22/5). The demonstrators, who had the support of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the West Bengal Left Front, demanded relief measures and marched to the headquarters of the state government in order to hand over a memorandum with their demands. The forces of repression unleashed an assault , attacking the demonstration and journalists, with the result that 900 demonstrators were injured and 100 of them are in a critical condition.
The government of the “Trinamul Congress” that expresses the interests of domestic and foreign monopolies in the state since 2011, when it entered office,  has carried out savage repression against the communist and people’s movement, with hundreds of dead.
The KKE denounces the anti-people government of West Bengal and the repressive measures against the people’s movement. It once again expresses its solidarity with the militant farmers’ movement of India, with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India.
International Relations Section of the CC of the KKE, 23.05.2017.

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The All Workers Militant Front, PAME, denounces the murderous attack by the forces of repression of Western Bengal, India, against the peaceful demonstration of poor farmers and farm workers. The forces of repression attacked the protest, but also the journalists, with water pumps and batons, injuring more than 900 protesters, of whom, 100 are in serious medical condition.
Farm workers and poor farmers in each country are confronted with the policies that serve the profitability of the large business groups. The attack against popular rights goes together with the repression.
PAME denounces the government of Western Bengal for the assault on the people who are struggling. We express our class solidarity with the people of India, with its unions and popular – social organizations.
Communist Parties in India react on the electoral victory of BJP in Uttar Pradesh

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Communist Parties in India react on the electoral victory of BJP in Uttar Pradesh

The two major communist parties in India – the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M)– have issued statements regarding the victory of the right-wing BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), the governmental party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh last week.

The statements of the communist parties are the following:


The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The BJP has won a sweeping victory in Uttar Pradesh getting over three-fourth of the seats in the assembly. This victory has been accomplished by a mix of rank communal appeal and by putting together a wide ranging caste coalition. It was this combination that propelled Narendra Modi and the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in the state and that momentum has been maintained.

While acknowledging the massive mandate that the BJP has received, it also has implications that are dangerous for the country as it will encourage the brand of Hindutva politics which is divisive and harmful for the country.

The BJP has also registered success with a big win in Uttarakhand and dislodging the Congress from government there. It however, suffered a setback in Punjab where the Akali-BJP alliance has suffered a big defeat with the Congress winning a clear majority.

The BJP has failed to get a majority in the Goa assembly while the Congress appears to have lost its dominant position in Manipur.


The Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of India (CPI) issued the following statement to the media on March 11, 2017:
The results of elections in Uttar Pradesh giving 3/4th majority to BJP, is a big setback to secular and democratic forces in the country. It is a victory to communalism that was unleashed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the election campaign in Uttar Pradesh.
It looks Modi was successful in making the people to believe that demonetisation was against the black money and rich, though it is otherwise.

The defeat of Akali-BJP is in Punjab, is the result of its corrupt and misrule.

On the whole the results are more anti-incumbency in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, though in the last two states there is no majority to any party.

The results may cause further problems with more anti-people policies by government and intolerance and communal offensive by Hindutva forces.

The result should be awakening to Left democratic, secular forces in the country to forge broader unity to fight back the attacks on people, and offensive of communal forces in the country.

Office Secretary

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ADIOS COMANDANTE FIDEL CASTRO- Communist Parties react to the death of the legendary Cuban revolutionary

Saturday, November 26, 2016

ADIOS COMANDANTE FIDEL CASTRO- Communist Parties react to the death of the legendary Cuban revolutionary
Fidel Castro, former president and leader of the Cuban revolution, died Friday night at age 90, Cuban state television confirmed.
Raul Castro, Cuba’s President and Fidel Castro’s brother, announced that Fidel would be cremated on Saturday. “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died 10:29pm tonight,” said Castro.
Communist Parties from all over the world react to the death of Fidel / Source: International Communist PressTo be updated.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M).
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
Commandant-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, outstanding leader of the Cuban revolution, staunch internationalist and architect of socialism is no more.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) pays its respectful homage to the memory of this towering revolutionary figure who did so much to shape the revolutionary movements in the second half of the 20th century.
Fidel Castro brilliantly led the revolutionary uprising against the hated Batista regime in Cuba. The Cuban revolution which succeeded in 1959 became the first socialist revolution in the western hemisphere. Under his dynamic leadership Cuba emerged from the shackles of semi-colonialism and slavery and built a society where tremendous strides were made to create a socially just society with universal education, health care, food provisioning, women’s rights and racial equality.
Fidel Castro as President of the Cuban State and as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba provided the leadership for this revolutionary transformation.
Fidel Castro, the intrepid revolutionary, drew the ire of the biggest imperialist power, the USA, just 90 miles away. For five decades, Fidel Castro led Cuba in fighting off the various conspiracies to destroy socialist Cuba including the efforts to physically eliminate him. Cuba continues to valiantly resist the economic blockade imposed by the US.
The Cuban revolution became a beacon light for all revolutionary and progressive movements in Latin America and inspired the Left advances there. Fidel Castro became a revolutionary icon for the third world countries and inspired generations of young people. He played a leading role in the Non-Aligned Movement.
Under Fidel’s leadership the Cuban revolution undertook an internationalist role which was truly remarkable. Fidel dispatched the Cuban armed forces to help the struggle against colonialism and imperialism in Angola, Mozambique and South Africa. Under his leadership Cuba continued to render internationalist service by sending doctors and teachers to various third world countries.
Fidel Castro proved to be a creative practitioner of Marxist theory and practice. He emerged as the most eloquent champion of socialism in the second half of the 20th century.
In his passing away an era has ended. But his revolutionary legacy will endure. His life and example will continue to inspire revolutionaries and progressives all over the world in times to come.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) dips the Red Banner in homage to him.
Communist Party, Turkey (KP).
“We have received the news regarding the death of the Great Commander of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro Ruz. We are in deep grief.
We have just lost one of the greatest heroes of humanity who was raised in the twentieth century. The Cuban Revolution in 1959 was the most distinctive segment of the epoch of socialist revolutions which was started by the 1917 Russian Revolution.
The victory of the Revolution with the guidance of Fidel’s strategic wisdom was crowned with the construction of socialism. At every moment, in each stage of the construction process, the deep comprehension, foresight and leadership talent of the commander-in-chief was involved. His touch could be traced in every detail.  In the eyes of the Cuban people the only hero who made history and was known to be remembered for centuries long before his death, was Fidel. The modesty of his, which is mainly motivated by commitment, characterized all the revolutionary leaders following Fidel. This trait made them an integral part of the Cuban people and played a big role in the consolidation of the Cuban Revolution.
Fidel’s role was unique in transferring the message of the Cuban Revolution in an universal scale, transcending the borders of a tiny Caribbean island. He was the one who made the most effort to inspire the Cuban socialism by inscribing José Martí’s phrase “homeland is the humanity” . Under his leadership the Cuban socialism, not only inspired the people struggling against poverty, exploitation and imperialist aggression, but also became universal by offering generous support to every corner of the world. 
Now, in his absence, the Cuban people will carry on the path of socialism not by attaching its destiny to a leader’s physical presence, but by preserving the achievements of that leader’s lifelong struggle. . 
And we, the members of the international communist movement in Turkey, will fulfill our duty in our region to realize Fidel’s farewell words for Che:
“Dear commander, until the victory, forever!”
Communist Party, Turkey”.

Hungarian Workers’ Party (MUNKASPART).
“Hasta La Victoria Sempre! 
According to the Cuban News Agency Communication of 25 November, Fidel Castro Ruz, the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, died at the age of 90.
Fidel Castro Ruz was one of the legendary personalities of the Cuban and the international communist and workers’ movement. In 1959, revolutionaries overthrew Cuban dictatorship which was supported by a group of Americans, gained independence and launched socialism in Cuba. For decades he has successfully defended the Cuban revolution and the Cuban socialism against the USA’s military, economic and political attacks. Under his leadership, full employment, free health care and free education have been created for the Cuban people.
Fidel Castro Ruz was a friend to the Hungarian people and the Hungarian workers all throgh the decades of socialism in Hungary. After 1989, he followed the Labour Party’s struggle and welcomed the Labour Party delegation multiple times.
Fidel Castro Ruz’s death is a loss to the labor movement and progressive forces of the world. A loss for us as Hungarian working people as well.
We mourn for the  historic leader, our friend and our comrade of the Cuban revolution! “.
New Communist Party of Yugoslavia (NKPJ).
“Comrade Fidel Castro, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, stepped into eternity. In the ninth decade of his life on 25 November 2016 in Havana, the rich and fruitful life of the revolutionary Fidel Castro ended.
With the death of Fidel Castro the brightest star of Latin America fell, leaving behind a visible trail as a guide to the roads leading for a true human happiness.
His life was full of struggle against capitalist exploitation, racial and national hatred and social inequality. Name of Fidel Castro has become a symbol of the heroic struggle of the people of Cuba against imperialism, the symbol of the constuction of socialism in Cuba and the symbol of change and resistance against the domination by foreign powers throughout Latin America.
With the death of Fidel Castro humanity loses a fighter who stubbornly fought for the principles of freedom and justice. Fidel was a fighter who has his whole life to the triumph of freedom and human dignity. He won all the battles in which he participated. He lost only the last – the one against death.
Fidel is undoubtedly a great historical figure in the noblest and highest sense of the word. The man who understood the needs of men. The character and work of Fidel Castro have undoubtedly a bright page in the history of mankind and compelling roadmap that illuminates horizons for future generations.  He was not only a great warrior, and a revolutionary but also a great thinker. On behalf of all the peoples of the world,  he has been a lasting inspiration or humanity with his principles.
As Commander Fidel Castro said, “with all those who are struggling, who never give up when it comes to the difficulties, those who believe in the human capacity to create, expand and cultivate values ​​and ideas, those who bet in mankind; all those who share the wonderful conviction that a better world is possible, we will fight together with them and we will win!”
The Commander Fidel will always remain in the hearts of all those who fight for justice and freedom, because of their heroic achievements and superhuman effort to defend freedom, the sovereignty of their country and the dignity of man.
Dear Comrade Fidel, you will be always with us and be woven to every victory in the progress of mankind.
New Communist Party of Yugoslavia and the Union of Communist Youth of Yugoslavia will send a telegram of condolence to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba Communist Youth League of Cuba, as well as the Embassy of socialist Cuba in Belgrade.”
Secretariat NKPJ.
Indian communist leader Sitaram Yechury visited the KNE-Odigitis festival in Athens

Friday, September 23, 2016

Indian communist leader Sitaram Yechury visited the KNE-Odigitis festival in Athens
Secretary S.Yechury greeted by Giorgos Marinos of KKE.
During his stay in Athens, the General Secretary of the CC of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Sitaram Yechury visited the KNE-Odigitis festival which takes place these days in Greece’s capital. 
Secretary Yechury paid a visit to the main exhibition of the festival- which is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Democratic Army of Greece (DSE)- where he was welcomed by Giorgos Marinos, member of the Political Bureau of the CC of the KKE. 
The CPI (Marxist) leader also visited the international sector of the Festival. 

On Wednesday (21/9), the Secretary of CPI (Marxist) met with the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece Dimitris Koutsoumbas at KKE headquarters in Perissos, Athens. The meeting reaffirmed the close relationship between the two parties and they both agreed for further development of the common struggle within the international communist movement. 
Secretary Sitaram Yechury with the GS of KKE Dimitris Koutsoumbas (Photo:
Photo from the meeting.
Millions of Indian workers strike for better wages


Thousands of state-run banks, government offices and factories shut as workers rally against Modi’s economic policies.
The government aims to raise about $8.3bn through privatisation in 2016-17 [Ajay Verma/Reuters]
The government aims to raise about $8.3bn through privatisation in 2016-17 [Ajay Verma/Reuters]

Tens of millions of public sector workers have gone on a day-long strike across India, protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic policies, particularly his plans to push for greater privatisation.

Thousands of state-run banks, government offices and factories were closed on Friday, and public transport disrupted, in the strike called by 10 trade unions.

“This strike is against the central government, this strike is for the cause of the working people,” said Ramen Pandey, of the Indian National Trade Union Congress.

“Our strike will be 100 percent successful … we will prove that this strike is the world’s largest ever.”

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Union officials said about 180 million workers, including state bank employees, school teachers, postal workers, miners and construction workers, were participating, but the figure could not be independently verified.

Workers are demanding that the government dump plans to close unproductive factories [Manjunath Kiran/AFP]

The strike was called after talks with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley broke down, with union leaders rejecting his offer to raise the minimum wage for unskilled workers from 6,396 rupees ($96) a month to 9,100 rupees ($136).

Workers are demanding the government dump plans to close unproductive factories, raise foreign investment caps in some industries and sell off stakes in state-run companies – over fears that creeping privatisation will jeopardise jobs.

The unions said the government should guarantee both social security and healthcare for all, and should be hiking the minimum wage to double what it is offering in order to keep up with inflation.

Indian media said transport and essential services such as power and water supplies were not affected in major cities like New Delhi and Mumbai. Private banks were operating and schools and colleges were open.

More than 20 protesters were arrested after they damaged two government buses in West Bengal [Chandan Khanna/AFP]

According to broadcaster NDTV, the strike had its greatest impact in the southern states of Karnataka and Kerala, ruled by the opposition Indian National Congress and Left Democratic Front respectively.

Daily life was also hit in the eastern state of Bihar, where shop and business establishments were shut and train and road services were disrupted by union activists.

More than 20 protesters were arrested after they damaged two government buses in West Bengal, senior police official Anuj Sharma told the AFP news agency.

The Bharatiya Janata Party government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a landslide victory in May 2014 general elections, promising business-friendly reforms to boost the economy.

According to the latest budget, the government aims to raise about $8.3bn through privatisation in 2016-17 and shut down some state-run firms, after losses exceeded $4bn in the last financial year.

India: Massive nationwide strike against government’s assault on public enterprises and workers’ wages and conditions

Saturday, September 3, 2016

India: Massive nationwide strike against government’s assault on public enterprises and workers’ wages and conditions

Yesterday, September 2nd, more than 150 million Indian workers took part in a one-day general strike against Indian Prime Minister Modi’s assaults on public enterprises and workers’ wages and conditions. It is said to be the largest general strike in the country’s history, as long as it involved nearly all sectors of the working class including workers from manufacturing, mining, the public sector, transport and other sectors, along with workers in the informal economy.

The Communist Party of India (CPI) issued the following statement regarding the nationwide strike:

The Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of India congratulates the working class and employees for the most successful general strike all over India on the call of Central Trade Unions.

According to reports available till now, there is bandh like situations in many states as the banks, insurance companies, financial institutions, tele-communication, coal, steel, mining sectors, state and central government employees went on strike. Many state transports also joined the strike.

This is a rebuff on the anti-worker and anti-employee policy of the Union Government. The pro-corporate government is continuing its policy of appeasement of corporate and big business houses and MNCs at the cost of working class.

The participation is likely to be more than last strikes of workers. Last year 15 crore workers participated in strike. Unrest in the working class, “the creators of the wealth of the Nation” is not good for the progress of the Nation. Let the government realize that Human Development Index is more important than the magic figures of GDP growth rate. More stormy battles will surely be fought if the government does not mend its policies.

CPI urges upon the government to start discussion with Central Trade Union leaders, solve their justified demands, as early as possible.

Statements of support to the striking Indian Trade Unions have been issued by numerous communist parties and labour unions across the world, including the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) and the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) in Greece.