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International solidarity statement


The CPI reaffirms its commitment to acting in solidarity with the peoples struggling against imperial­ism, for peace and social progress, with those fighters for peace who continue to challenge the imperial­ist war machine of the USA and the European Union and NATO, with all those victims of the aggres­sive wars now being waged by the USA and its allies, including both the British and Irish govern­ments. While this is a general commitment, there are particular issues and campaigns which especially demand our active participation.
     There is an urgent need to revive the international peace movement, to end the wars in progress and to put a brake on the drive to further wars. The continuing military aggression by the USA and its allies, acting openly or through their proxies, even openly threatening to use nuclear armaments, poses a grave threat to world peace. The imperialist drive to control finite global resources, especially in the con­text of the current economic crisis, can only lead to further aggression. The US is currently threaten­ing war against Iran and North Korea, which it sees as a threat to its global hegemony.
     We reaffirm our solidarity with Revolutionary Cuba, which has for fifty years raised the banner of social­ism and national independence in conditions of the US-imposed blockade and constant sub­version and threats. The ending of the illegal blockade of Cuba is the challenge that faces all those forces that claim to stand for social justice and national sovereignty. The continuing interference in Cuba’s internal affairs by the USA and the EU exposes the true intent of these forces. The un­conditional release of the five Cuban patriots unjustly held and maltreated in US prisons is an urgent demand.
     The Obama administration has continued and intensified the drive by the USA to contain and reverse the democratic political and social changes now under way in some countries in Latin America. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has asserted its independence and proclaimed its aim of building a social­ist society in defiance of imperialism. The Bolivarian Revolution provides inspiration and support to other progressive regimes, such as in Bolivia and Ecuador, and has rallied the continent to assert its unity and independence. There is a constant propaganda war against it, while US govern­ment agencies finance the opposition. Venezuela, and all of Latin America, is also militarily threatened by the US Fourth Fleet and the seven US military bases in Colombia. On the spurious excuse of a “war on drugs” the USA has prolonged the conflict in Colombia, giving support to state and para­military terror against the population there. Their propaganda demonises the popular resistance move­ments as “terrorist” and the peace movement as “terrorist sympathisers.” Solidarity with the peoples of Venezuela and Colombia is an obligation of our party, as with the struggling peoples of Latin America. In particular, we must oppose any recognition of the régime in Honduras, which seized power in a coup d’état with the con­nivance of the USA.
     We support the campaign of solidarity with Palestine and for boycott, divestment and sanctions against the bandit state of Israel, which, under the protection of the US and the EU, treats international law and humanitarian considerations with contempt, constantly grabbing more land for colonial settlers, impos­ing apartheid conditions on the people of the occupied territories of Gaza and the West Bank, and constantly threatening war against its neighbours.
     Once again the ruling classes across the European Union are attempting to raise to new levels their anti-communist hysteria with a growing body of anti communist laws being enacted in some states of the EU. The restriction on the rights of communist parties and of individual communists is not just an attack on communism but also an attack on all the left and an assault on democracy. We express our soli­darity with those parties that are now victims of these anti-democratic laws.

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