Stop Turkey's war on the Kurds demo - 6 March

On Sunday 6 March branches of the Revolutionary Communist Group supported the 'Stop Turkey’s War on the Kurds' national demo, a march from the BBC headquarters to Trafalgar Square that aimed to 'break the silence' of the British state and media with regards to recent Turkish state atrocities committed against the Kurdish people.

The estimated 10,000 people marching, made up predominantly of the Kurdish community residing in Britain, were anything but silent. The Kurds demanded freedom for their people and nation, and carried placards carrying the powerful slogan 'ISIS: made in Turkey'. Indeed, the most recent atrocities committed by the Turkish state came as a punitive reaction to the PKK’s brave defeats of ISIS on Turkish territory. Demands to unban the PKK – shamefully listed as a terrorist group by Britain – were also heard.

As the march progressed, the bemusement of shoppers and passers-by underscored the silence of the British state and media. President Erdogan has himself boasted of emulating Adolf Hitler’s ‘style of government’, and yet much of the British public is totally oblivious to Turkey’s fascistic turn. This when we were told just a few months ago by Labour’s Hilary Benn in parliament that 'fascism must be defeated' when Parliament voted for airstrikes on Syria under the pretence of bombing ISIS.

The RCG ran an open ‘people’s’ microphone throughout the march, taking the opportunity to state that this was not just Turkey’s war on the Kurds, but imperialism’s. Britain – which makes hundreds of millions of pounds selling Turkey the weapons with which it kills Kurdish civilians – is silent on the crimes of the Turkish state because Turkey defends British imperialist interests in the Middle East. Britain is silent because speaking out would be to confess to its own crimes. RCG speakers highlighted the importance for the British working class to support the Kurdish people’s right to self-determination, and put out the call to build the anti-imperialist movement in this country necessary to create effective, concrete solidarity with the Kurds and other oppressed peoples around the world.

RCG speaker Trevor Rayne was well-received as one of the speakers at the endpoint of the protest in Trafalgar Square. His rousing speech listed the litany of brutal crimes the British state – under both Tory and Labour governments – has committed against the Kurdish people, starting with the carve up of Kurdistan through the Sykes-Picot treaty 100 years ago, and concluding: 'Enough is enough.'

Victory and self-determination to the Kurdish people! Unban the PKK! Britain out of the Middle East!

Join London RCG for more discussion of the importance of the Kurdish liberation struggle for people all over the world on 22 March:

'Kurdistan: war and liberation in the Middle East' - Tuesday 22 March, 7:30pm, The Apple Tree, Mount Pleasant, WC1X 0AE

Guest speaker - Erdelan Baran - Kurdistan National Congress (KNK)

RCG speaker - Trevor Rayne - FRFI editorial board

What is it? Corbynomics


What is it? Corbynomics – taking its name from the leader of the Labour Party - is the term being used to describe a range of proposed measures for dealing with Britain’s economic crisis and ending austerity. These include expanding state investment, promoting higher wages, regulating banks and other financial institutions and undertaking a programme of nationalisation. Its origins lie in the ‘alternative economic strategy’ put forward by the Labour left in the 1970s and 1980s.  It also harks back to the New Deal and the Keynesianism of post-second world war reconstruction. This programme is a far cry from socialism but even within its own progressive reformist terms currently stands no chance of being implemented by any British government because the conditions for class consensus – social democracy – no longer exist.

So why is this idea being dragged out of its coffin now at a time when capitalism is exposed as the rotten stagnating system it is?

  • There is a global crisis, with convulsions on the world’s stock exchanges, ‘emerging market’ debt reaching $24.4 trillion, and mergers and acquisitions at an all-time high of over $5 trillion in 2015.
  • The working class is under attack and is losing its housing, education, health and community infrastructure.
  • British imperialism - in the service of the arms trade and in defence of the multinational corporations and international profit - is waging war and devastation on millions of people all round the world.

Far from winning workers to opposition to British imperialism, the idea that a Corbynomic parliamentary programme can be successfully implemented ties them ideologically to the interests of British imperialism and promotes the idea that economic control can be gradually taken away from the capitalist class.  

The British ‘left’ correctly talks of greedy bankers, corrupt developers, mean landlords, racist immigration laws and illegal wars, but these are all just symptoms. The time has come to stand against the cause – the capitalist system. As Marx says in the Communist Manifesto, ‘Capital is not a personal, it is a social power’.

Don’t hollow out the anti-capitalist slogan
There can be no radical change without a challenge to the power of the capitalist state which operates to protect the rights of capital. This is well understood by those sections of the working class and oppressed people who are fighting for their rights. As soon as the struggle for social justice commences it meets the power of the state acting in defence of the capitalist class. Whether residents of the Heygate Estate or refugees from imperialist war zones, state power must be confronted and the working class must struggle for its own interests. The fight against war, racism and austerity must be a fight against capitalism.
A Corbynomics of the House of Commons, a Corbynomics that stands on a platform of reform and electioneering will achieve nothing, is nothing and will go nowhere.  

Organise, educate, agitate!
Build struggles from the grassroots.  Join in campaigns with the Revolutionary Communist Group – set up new campaigns - hold meetings – never be silent – don’t let the ruling class divide us – an injury to one is an injury to all.

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March against the Housing Bill, 30 Jan 2016

On 30 January 2016 London branches of the Revolutionary Communist Group joined the March Against the Housing Bill, which went from Kennington to Downing Street to protest the Housing and Planning Bill, the final straw that will break social housing’s back.

The controversial bill will lead to the loss of between 80,000 and 200,000 council houses, a disaster for the working class. With the extension of Right to Buy, the building of ‘starter’ and ‘affordable’ rather than social homes, and market rent being imposed for social tenants with household incomes of more than £30,000 (£40,000 in London), Britain is plunging further into an ever-deepening housing crisis.

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London 'Stop Bombing Syria' march - 12/12/15

On Saturday 12 December, a contingent of Revolutionary Communist Group supporters attended the Stop The War Coalition's 'Stop bombing Syria' national demonstration in London.
We came with the message 'Hands off Syria' and through the messages on our banners and our speeches and chants on the sound system, sought to emphasize the imperialist nature of this war and the central role played by British capitalism in promoting global conflicts.

Special attention was given to the fact that infrastructure is being bombed in the name of combating Islamic State (IS), and the historical parallels; Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia and Libya. British companies have been amongst those vying for lucrative contracts for reconstruction on every occasion.

The claim that the bombing campaign will somehow protect us from the threat posed by IS is itself a rather spurious one. The British state played a major role in facilitating the rise of IS in the first place, by the destruction and destabilisation of Iraq and then Syria, by Britain and its NATO allies.

As always we offered an open mic, allowing a variety of voices to be heard. Even those that disagree with our politics were allowed to speak, such is the democratic spirit with which we conduct our political work.

Get in touch to organise with us against imperialist war.

Hands off Syria!

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