Ninth International Seminar “Parties and a New Society”
Political Parties Gather in Mexico to Deliberate on Unfolding Developments
From March 12 to 14, the Ninth International Seminar “Parties and a New Society” was held in Mexico hosted by the Workers’ Party of Mexico (PT).
More than 300 participants representing 132 political parties from 40 countries exchanged views and deliberated on unfolding events. They were joined by Mexican delegates from different states of the Republic.
During the three-day seminar, delegates were asked to give their views on three specific topics:
1. The counter-offensive of imperialism against governments and alternative nation-building projects — coups d’états of a new type.
2. Consolidation, defence and counter-attack of governments and alternative nation-building projects in opposition to imperialist aggression.
3. Present-day topics such as the challenges of a new multipolar world and the peace process in the world.
The delegation of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) led by the First Secretary of the Central Committee made a presentation, the aim of which was to oppose the illusion that a just society can be created by following the neo-liberal road. This presentation also provided analysis and criticism of the neo-liberal position on inequality and the promotion of Thomas Piketty’s book Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century. The presentation concluded by elaborating on the need to develop human-centred economic theory as an alternative to capital-centred economic theory.
The seminar’s three days of deliberation were marked by a great spirit of internationalist unity against imperialist manoeuvres and aggression in the world. Participants denounced the recent threats of U.S. imperialist aggression against Venezuela and issued a statement expressing unanimous support for the Bolivarian Revolution, President Maduro, his government and the Venezuelan people.
Presentations were made on the situation in Ukraine, Syria and Palestine. Resolutions adopted included ones that support the struggle of the peoples of those countries against imperialist aggression and in support of non-interference in the internal affairs of the peoples of those regions.
A representative of the families of the 43 missing student teachers from Ayotzinapa also took the floor to demand the return of their children alive, and also to denounce state terrorism, forced disappearances and assassinations faced by activists and the Mexican people in their struggle to defend their rights.
Other resolutions adopted included ones in support of the Cuban people in the context of the return of the Five Heroes and the opening of talks to restore diplomatic relations with the United States; against the militaristic escalation of imperialism and NATO; in support of the right to self-determination of Puerto Rico and for the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, held for more than 33 years in U.S. prisons; and in support of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the Korean people in their efforts to build a prosperous and powerful state, establish peace and security, and to reunify the country.
The seminar concluded with the convening of participants to the Twentieth Seminar to be held in March 2016 in Mexico City.