Statement on the Killing of Jo Cox MP
The Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) was shocked to hear of the killing of Jo Cox MP on June 16, 2016, on the streets of Birstall in her constituency of Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire. It sends its sincere condolences to Jo Cox’s family, friends and loved ones, and to all Jo Cox’s constituents, and adds its voice to all those who have condemned this crime.
The killing has taken place in the context of a climate of stepped up racism, chauvinism and xenophobia. The state has given the green light to this vile and putrid atmosphere, with the leading figures in the official EU “Remain” and “Leave” campaigns competing to take the most reactionary stands.
The killing of Jo Cox, who was born and grew up in her constituency, and has been well-known for her democratic and humanitarian stands and her opposition to Islamophobia and the dehumanisation and criminalising of any section of society, cannot be separated from this climate. That the EU referendum campaign has been temporarily suspended as a mark of respect is an implicit confirmation of this fact.
The killing, in the view of RCPB(ML), underlines the necessity for all democratic people to oppose the racism and all forms of discrimination and attacks on the rights of working people which have their source in the state which is swamping the channels of discourse with its programme of retrogression. The independent path for the people to take is for the defence of the rights of all as human beings to permeate all discussion and decisions.
Saturday, June 18 2016