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- Philippines: CPP calls for mass mobilization, international support for relief operations
- CPI(MLM) on the execution of Kurdish and Baluchi youth in Iran
Philippines: CPP calls for mass mobilization, international support for relief operations
18 November 2013. A World to Win News Service. Following is a 9 November media release from the Information Bureau of the Communist Party of the Philippines. (ndfp.net) For more on typhoon Haiyan, see “The typhoon in the Philippines… and the destructive unnatural forces of imperialism” in the 14 November 2013 issue of Revolution (revcom.us)
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today extended its sympathies to the millions of people affected by super-typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), which ravaged provinces in Eastern and Central Visayas, in Panay, Negros, Masbate, Mindoro, Palawan, and other islands, as well as in areas in Eastern and South Eastern Mindanao, Northern Mindanao and provinces in Southern Luzon.
At the same time, the CPP called for mass mobilization across the country and abroad to generate emergency supply and funds for rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts. The CPP called on ”people in the areas least affected by the storm to extend maximum possible help to the people who are most in need of emergency assistance.”
Yesterday, tropical storm Yolanda barrelled across the Philippines, leaving a wide swath of destruction. Yolanda is considered to be among the strongest typhoons ever to hit land, and
one of the most powerful of storms over the past 30 years.
The CPP said that among the areas which were devastated by the strong winds are revolutionary base areas which are within the scope of authority of the provisional revolutionary government, and in the areas of operation of the New People’s Army and other revolutionary mass organizations.
The CPP also pointed out that many of the areas ravaged by the typhoon were those recently hit by powerful earthquakes where people were most vulnerable to the strong winds and rains.
”These areas are among the most impoverished in the entire country, where the majority are poor peasants, unemployed farm workers, small fisherfolk and indigenous peoples,” said the CPP. ”They have long been abandoned by the reactionary government and will not be among its priorities for assistance.”
The CPP said it is still awaiting detailed reports from its local committees, as well as mass organizations and NPA units in the areas.
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On the execution of Kurdish and Baluchi youth in Iran
18 November 2013. A World to Win News Service. The following statement was issued by the Communist Party of Iran (Marxist Leninist Maoist). Since then the Islamic Republic of Iran has continued this wave of executions in Kurdistan and other regions of Iran. (cpimlm.com)
Habibullah Golparipour, a young Kurdish activist who has been in an Islamic Republic prison for three years, was executed on23 October 2013 in Orumieh, north-west Iran, and lost his dear life. Accused of anti-regime activities and connections with anti-regime groups, he had been in prison since October 2009, following the uprising that erupted after the presidential election. He endured the difficult conditions that the regime’s mercenaries have created for prisoners, including intense tortures, and spent long periods in isolation. But he did not give in to the regime’s brutalities.
At the same time, it has been reported that 16 Baluchi political prisoners were executed on 26 October in reprisal for the killing of 18 regime mercenaries in Saravan (a city in Sistan-Baluchistan Province, Iran, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan) the day before. This is not the first such crime of the regime and will not be the last. Iran is the prison of nations. National oppression is a major pillar of this regime and we will witness such crimes as long as the exploiting classes are in power. There is a long list of youth in Kurdistan, Baluchistan and Khuzestan provinces waiting to be executed, and at the slightest sign of unrest in these regions, some will be hanged.
Following the Saravan incident, Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s new president, the so-called champion of “heroic flexibility”, assigned the Interior ministry to form a special commission in cooperation with security forces to confront “rebels”. Furthermore, the prosecutor-general of Zahedan (the capital of Sistan-Baluchistan province) justified the executions by saying “We warned that we would retaliate!” [BBC reports no evidence that any of the executed had any connection with the death of the border guards.]
As the Islamic regime continues to display “”heroic flexibility” with the West, it is also stepping up its oppression and crimes, including the executions of youth, and the poverty of the people is becoming even more intensified. This is the regime’s internal reaction to the crisis in the Middle East. There is no doubt that these criminal acts are indications of the bankruptcy and failure of a totally rotten regime that is hoping to extend its disgusting life a little longer.
The struggle of the oppressed nations against national oppression will once again demonstrate that the Islamic regime will reap what it has sown.
The regime’s viciousness and brutal plans should not and will not go unanswered. We call on workers, students, women and youth to convert the memorial ceremonies for Habibullah Golparipour and other martyrs into exposures of the crimes of the regime. This struggle must be turned into an effervescent political scene. It is with a real revolution independent of imperialists and reactionaries that we can give these crimes the response they deserve. The Islamic regime’s vicious plans more than ever carry the signs of its fragility. They carry the signs of earth-shaking events and bloody battles that are on the way, battles that should put revolutionary violence on the agenda to settle accounts with the Islamic reactionaries and overthrow their state system with the goal of a society without oppression and exploitation.
Down with the Islamic Republic of Iran! Long live the right of self-determination for oppressed nations! Long live revolution! Long live communism!
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