The death of Nelson Mandela
Statement by the Communist Party of Ireland
5 December 2013
The Communist Party of Ireland expresses its great sadness
at the death of one of the great anti-colonial leaders of
the late twentieth century, Nelson Mandela.
Mandela was a towering and inspirational
figure, a leader of the oppressed of South Africa and
beyond. Together with other liberation leaders he was
convicted in the Rivonia Trial, concerning two charges of
sabotage, one under the Suppression of Communism Act and one
under the General Law Amendment Act. Their arrest and trial
provoked worldwide solidarity, with money being collected in
Ireland and around the world in the early 1960s to be sent
to the International Defence and Aid Fund to assist Mandela
and the other liberation prisoners in their legal defence.
At this moment it is important to acknowledge
the major contribution made by working people around the
world to Mandela's liberation.
Despite spending decades incarcerated in
apartheid prisons, he remained unbowed and unbroken. His
walk to freedom, with his wife, Winnie Mandela, beside him,
was a defining image of the late twentieth century. The
white apartheid regime, which for decades nestled snugly
under the protective wing of western governments, did not
and could not break him or the people’s resistance.
In one of his first speeches Mandela paid
tribute to the unbreakable and unselfish solidarity given to
the oppressed masses of South Africa by the Soviet Union and
the socialist bloc, as against the inaction and active
collaboration of almost all western government with the
apartheid regime that incarcerated him for twenty-seven
years. Mandela also paid tribute to the heroic Cuban
internationalists who defeated the invading South African
army on the battlefields of Angola, which marked the
beginning of the end of apartheid South Africa. No doubt
those same western governments will now heap false praise on
this champion of human liberation, though they did nothing
to help during his long incarceration.
With his passing we also remember the
thousands of ordinary citizens, both inside and outside
South Africa, who campaigned for his release and for the
imposition of sanctions on the apartheid regime but whose
demands fell on deaf ears for many decades.
With the death of Nelson Mandela humanity has
lost a deeply humane and committed liberation leader. We
salute him and all the great leaders and fighters who
struggled, and those who are still struggling, for freedom
and social liberation. The long walk to freedom still has
many miles to go. Statement ends
United for Education!
Connolly Youth Movement supports the UCU, Unite and Unison
university staff strike on the 3rd December and urges students
to show solidarity with the strike by joining them on the
picket line. University staff have seen their pay cut by 13%
over the past 4 years while the cost of living has continued
to rise. At the same time staff are being asked to undertake
increasing workloads to the detriment of their health and
teaching. Around 30% of staff are working over 50 hours a week
and a large proportion of higher education institutions are
using precarious zero hours contracts. At the same time over
half of vice-chancellors are receiving salaries of over
£242,000. The conditions imposed on university staff have a
direct impact on students.
Overworked and underpaid staff's teaching ability is reduced
and so the quality of education students receive mirrors the
working conditions of those that teach them. This is happening
at the same time as higher education tuition fees, and their
associated debts, are dramatically increasing and educational
grants decimated. Both students and university staff have a
common struggle against austerity, the destruction of our
education services, the rights of who those who work within it
and young people's futures. We do not have to accept these
conditions which have been thrust upon us by those who seek to
profit from them. Through collective action workers and
students can demand social change for a system that supports a
decent standard of living for workers and an education system
geared towards supporting students rather than market forces.
Queens University, Belfast: Rally at 1pm at
QUB Student Union University of Ulster: Picketing at Campus
entrances throughout the day.
Open Letter of the KKE to the Communist
and Workers’ Parties on the Anti-Communist Activity of Die
Linke in the EU Parliament
We denounce anti-communism, we struggle against the
anti-communist positions of the EU and the anti-historical
equation of the socialism’s contribution with the monstrosity of
fascism at the International Meetings of Communist and Workers’
Parties, as well as at the other meetings of the CPs.
We highlight the irreplaceable
contribution of the Soviet Union to the struggle of the
peoples and we refer to the 20 million dead which it gave to
We expose the dangerous rationale of the “two extremes” and
the relevant framework of the EU, as well as of the bourgeois
governments, a framework that has led to the persecution and
banning of Communist Parties.
We all understand that the struggle against anti-communism and
against the distortion of the historical contribution of
socialism is a very serious task and that the anti-communist
stance must be decisively denounced.
Consequently, we want to inform you that recently the MEP
Helmut Scholz, a cadre of the German Left party “Die Linke”, a
member of the presidium of the European Left Party (ELP),
organized in the European Parliament on the 12th and 13th of
November a meeting with the title: “I traveled to your country
as a guest – German opponents of Hitler as victims of
Stalinist terror: Family histories 1933-1956”.
As the EU Parliamentary Group of the KKE
denounced: “This is a wretched attempt to present German
anti-Nazis as victims of the Soviet workers’ state, an even
more sordid version of the official political line of the EU
that equates fascism-Nazism with communism and promotes the
“theory of the two extremes”. It is an insult to the thousands
of German communists and other anti-fascists who resisted,
paying the price with their own lives, against the Hitlerite
barbarity. A blatant insult to the millions of Soviet people,
communists and militants of the USSR and in all the countries
of Europe, who gave their lives to crush the fascist atrocity.
A vulgar slander at the expense of the first workers’ state in
the history of humanity, at the expense of the unprecedented
gains achieved by the workers under Socialism.”
We assess that this issue is very serious and exposes the
dangerous role of opportunism as a vehicle for the promotion
of the bourgeois ideology and political line, as a force that
defends and disseminates the anti-communist positions of the
The communist men and women are obliged to provide a decisive
International Relations Section of the CC of the KKE
Four pillars to build an alternative
"Now is the time that we woke up to this
reality, that class warfare has been initiated against us by
the imperialist powers, the capitalists and its class
collaborators here in Ireland. It’s up to us, the youth of
today to change the corrupt and debilitating policies of
yesterday to begin building the nation of tomorrow!" (CYM new
pamphlet "Permanent austerity or path to socialism").
Had enough yet?
The plan of the Irish government is
becoming increasingly obvious: They have no intention of
trying to create jobs for young people, and instead want to
force us into emigration.
International capitalism and their local
managers in Ireland, cannot provide a prosperous, or even
stable future for us.
The need to create a socialist system based
on the common good, rather the profits of a few, is more
necessary than ever.
Women right to choose
The Connolly Youth Movement supports a
women’s right to choose as a fundamental human right to
control her reproduction. We believe that women faced with a
crisis pregnancy are best placed to make their own decisions
that impact on their lives and those of their families. We
advocate for full access to safe and free abortion on demand
as a cornerstone of a truly democratic equal and secular
However, women's reproductive rights are
only a part of the broad range of women's rights. Women are
underrepresented in society in terms of both work and
political participation. The consequences of the crisis of
capitalism effects women in the first place and in many
aspects. Not only difficult material conditions but also
lack of job stability, long working hours, stress and time
requirements from individual careers are real problems women
face. Some of the main reasons why women decide not to have
a child is an interference with work, school and the fact
that they can't afford it.
Anti-Fascist Demonstration, O'Connell
CYM took to O'Connell Street today,
Saturday September 21st, to demonstrate their condemnation
of the recent attacks by fascists in Greece, led by the
extremist forces of Golden Dawn.
CYM showing red flags in solidarity with
the KKE and the KNE (Sept. 21, 2013)
The demonstration was organised by
Anti-Fascist Action Ireland, to mark the brutal murder of an
anti-fascist rapper and trade unionist, Pavlos Fyssas, on
Wednesday, September 18th.
KKE/KNE on murder of 34 year old by
of Golden Dawn in Athens
"The KKE calls on the people and youth to denounce the
murder of the 34 year old in Keratsini by the fascists of
Golden Dawn in a mass and decisive way. The criminal and
murderous activity of Golden Dawn has the aim of
intimidating the workers and the youth. It grows bold due to
the multi-facetted support provided to it by the rotten
capitalist system and the interests of big business, which
created it and nourish it, so that it can attack the people
who are struggling, standing up for their rights, so that it
can attack the labour and people’s movement.
The people and the youth have the strength to stop the
murderous activity of the Nazis. The workers’ trade unions,
the mass organizations in the cities and villages, the
people’s committees must isolate the cowardly murderers of
Golden Dawn, and protect the people from its poison and
activity. The people’s alliance must be strengthened in
order to put an end to the activity of the Nazis and the
system that nourishes them."
Photo: KKE/KNE antifascist demonstration, Athens (Sep. 18,
CYM Solidarity with Cuban 5
CYM calls for an immediate release of Cuban
heroes: Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Ramón Labañino Salazar,
Rene González Sehwerert, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez and
Fernando González Llort. Five men are held as political
prisoners by the US, after unfair trial convicted and
sentenced to four life terms and one 75 years. Cuban 5 were
gathering information on violent Miami exile gangs, who
planned terrorist attacks on Cuban soil.
CYM expresses the full solidarity with
Cuban patriots and demands the review of the case and
immediate release of Cuban 5.
Photo: Vigil for Cuban 5, The Spire, Dublin
(Sep. 12, 2013)
40th anniversary of the fascist coup
Made in the USA
On 11 September 2013 was the fortieth
anniversary of the fascist coup in Chile, when the
democratically elected government of Salvador Allende was
overthrown in a coup that was planned, organized and
directed from Washington.
Photo: Picket at US Embassy, Ballsbridge,
Dublin (Sep. 11, 2013)
On the intentions for direct
military interventions in Syria
The World Federation of Democratic Youth
highly condemns the imperialist military and political moves
towards a direct military intervention to the sovereign
state of Syria. WFDY re-affirms its position that we stand
against any military or by other means intervention against
the people of Syria.
Biography of Ireland’s greatest Marxist
“Connolly was ‘dragged up,’ like most
proletarian boys. Connolly, nevertheless, is well educated.
His education is of that sort that comes from conflict with
circumstances . . . His whole character has been
coloured by these circumstances, which have been bitter, and
he has a deep hatred of those institutions which have
weighed so heavily on the working class.”—Murtagh Lyng
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The Connolly Youth Movement is a youth
organisation committed to fighting for democracy, freedom
and unity in this country. The CYM takes part in the
struggle to build socialism in Ireland and everywhere around
We unite in our ranks the many different
traditions on this island and of new people living and
We work primarily with the Communist Party
and the trade union movement to build an alternative youth
culture, to open people’s minds to the alternatives to
capitalism and slavery.
We also work with other progressive
movements to develop young workers’ and students’
consciousness in their own proud history and culture.
As a member of the World Federation of
Democratic Youth we struggle in opposition to imperialism
and for liberation around the globe of all oppressed
peoples, including ourselves.
Following the early 1990s crisis in
socialism the CYM declined and became defunct for many
years. In 2002 it was revived. Since its revival the CYM has
founded branches in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, and Galway.
The Connolly Youth Movement
(CYM) is an all-Ireland socialist youth
organisation supportive of the Communist Party of
Ireland . . .
“Membership shall be open to
all young people between the ages of 14 to 30 who
agree to this Constitution and the Programme of
the CYM . . .”