No to All Forms of Terrorism! Defend the Rights of All!
The Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) unreservedly condemns the devastating bombings which took place in Brussels on the morning of March 22, which left more than thirty people dead and nearly two hundred injured. Other recent criminal acts of terrorism are also to be condemned, such as in Ankara, Turkey, on March 13, which killed at least 37 people, and on at least three occasions in Iraq which have killed and wounded close to three hundred.
On March 27, at least 72 people were killed and over 340 injured in Lahore, Pakistan. We express deepest sympathies with all the families who have lost their lives and been injured in heinous acts of violence, victims of both individual terrorism and state terrorism, wherever in the world they occur. Many others have lost their lives in the past month alone: for example, in a number of countries in Africa, and in Yemen, where well over one hundred were killed by an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition which is backed militarily and diplomatically by the US and Britain.
But also to be condemned are the pro-war governments, particularly Britain, which engage in invasion, aggression, acts of war, and further militarisation. These governments not only have created the conditions for acts of individual terror, but are responsible for state terrorism, the wrecking of sovereign states and the carrying out of “regime change”, carried out in the name of the “war on terror”. Furthermore, they utilise the crimes whether committed by ISIS or whomsoever, to fuel a vicious cycle of anarchy and violence. It must not be allowed to continue.
In the name of “maintaining security”, the British government, as well as the imperialist powers of Europe, are utilising the pretexts of the atrocities to criminalise the right to conscience and trample on the sovereignty of nations. Theresa May, Home Secretary, in her statement to the House of Commons reiterated the government’s commitment to prevent “radicalisation”, to pursue the Prevent and intervention programmes in education, and to push through the Investigatory Powers Bill which would enable greater state collection and surveillance of personal communications data. However, the working class and people must not allow such measures to carry on unopposed, measures which are harming the rights of everyone, and which the people must go all out to block. Racism and chauvinism is being pushed for which these measures provide the foundation. Every opportunity is taken to proclaim the superiority of “British values”, for example, on both sides of campaign to remain in or leave the European Union. The government’s talk is of terrorists “striking at the heart of Europe” and “destroying our way of life”. It is in this context that ruling elite is trying to create a climate of fear and block the people sorting out the problems which society faces. Furthermore, the government uses such pretexts to prepare for new or continued intervention in Syria, Libya and elsewhere, and is exacerbating the situation which they have created themselves for those seeking refuge and a new life in Europe, the humanitarian crisis which goes by the name of a “refugee crisis”.
Theresa May’s response, far from being humanitarian or democratic, has underlined that the government’s “solution” is to strengthen police rule. She pointed out that following the attacks in Paris last November, the security and intelligence agencies have strengthened co-operation with their counterparts across Europe, including through the Counter-Terrorism Group, which brings together the heads of all domestic intelligence agencies of EU member states. Furthermore, she boasted of “the longest lasting security relationship in the world through the Five Eyes” – Britain, the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
The fact is that the big powers of Europe, far from settling scores with their colonialist past and imperialist present, are pursuing their neo-liberal agenda to impose their hegemonic and retrogressive aims on the people, who are paying the price. The working class and people must reject these aims and this agenda, which is blocking any move to open the door to progress and to solving the issues of nation-building in the modern conditions.
RCPB(ML) calls on the working class and people to remain vigilant so that indiscriminate violence and terror is not utilised as the basis for yet further reactionary measures and for state terrorism that is yet another crime against the people. We call on everyone in these circumstances to defend the right to conscience and to go all out to establish an anti-war government so it is they who decide matters of war, peace and security, not the warmongers.