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  1. Republican Sinn Féin redesigned their national website www.rsf.ie. Together with the monthly paper SAOIRSE, the internet is the most important tool to spread the republican message in the 21st century. The redesign of the national website is in line with significant developments of Republican Sinn Féin on the internet and social media. The new national website will be an important tool to make Republicanism and the Republican Movement more relevant to the people of Ireland in the run-up to the 1916-Centenary. In the 1990s Republican Sinn Féin was among the first political organisations in Ireland to have a permanent and professional online presence by launching the national website www.rsf.ie and an online archive of the republican paper Saoirse on www.saoirse.info. Since then the internet became an essential part in the life of most people. To fulfil the requirements of the 21st century Republican Sin Féin decided to develop a new and modern online presence. In early 2012 Republican Sinn Féin set up a Committee to develop the online presence of the organisation and establish a modern and vibrant online presence of Republican Sinn Féin. Since 2012 Republican Sinn Féin set up a new official Facebook page, a national Twitter account as well as an international Twitter account and a YouTube account. Further steps to develop the profile of Irish republicanism on the internet were made by setting up a new international website which is accessible on www.rsf-international.org and temporary website of the Republican campaign against the EU Austerity Treaty in May 2012 and a website for the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum 2013. In autumn 2012 Republican Sinn Féin launched four provincial websites to make the republican voice be heard on a local level in Ireland. Republican Sinn Féin in the four provinces of Ireland is available on www.leinster.rsf.ie, www.ulster.rsf.ie, www.munster.rsf.ie and www.connacht.rsf.ie. There is no change in the domain-name of the redesigned national websites. It stays www.rsf.ie The international website is www.rsf-international.org Republican Sinn Féin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Republican-Sinn-F%C3%A9in/312436515470517 Republican Sinn Féin on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/republicansf National Twitter-Account: https://twitter.com/RepublicanSF/ International Twitter-Account: https://twitter.com/RSFInt All these websites and social media sites are officially maintained by Republican Sinn Féin. They provide news, history and events relevant to Irish Republicanism, Republican Sinn Féin and the Republican Movement. The online presence, in particular the new redesigned national website, is a work-in-progress. Thus all websites will be constantly updated and redeveloped to fulfil the needs of a relevant political movement in the 21st century. For any technical enquiries and all questions regarding the online presence of Republican Sinn Féin please contact: admin@rsf.ie Críoch/Ends.
  2. jmstipe20

    Seminar: Lock-out 1913, Aug 27, Dublin

    can the date of the announcement please be changed to august 27
  3. In July 2013, republican activists from Europe, North America and Australia launched the “International Committee to Support the Irish Prisoners of War” as a permanent and independent body to coordinate international support with Irish Republican Prisoners of War. In the context of a blackout of mainstream media and reformist politics, we rely on our strengths and build solidarity from below. Hence the committee works towards promoting solidarity with all genuine Irish Republican POWs. It operates as an independent network to coordinate support with the Irish Republican POWs world-wide. It has been agreed by the members of the committee to hold the 3rd Annual International Day in Support of the Irish Prisoners of War on October 26, 2013. All international organisations and Irish republican activists and their supporters are invited to join preparations to make the 3rd annual POW-Day a success. The 1st International POW-Day in 2011 was organised by the Republican Sinn Féin International Bureau and Liberation Irlande from France. The 2nd International Day 2012 was organised by an ad-hoc committee chaired by Dieter Blumenfeld. Since the situation in Maghaberry has not been solved and internment continues, various republican activists joined forces to set up the permanent “International Committee to Support the Irish Prisoners of War”. Chairperson of the committee for the coming period is Dieter Blumenfeld. He welcomed the launch of the International POW-Committee as “an important step to promote the cause of Irish Republicanism and the case of the Irish Republican Prisoners in English, Irish and Lithuanian jails on an international level all over the world”. The main focus of the committee in the coming period is the organisation of the 3rd Annual International Day in Support of the Irish Prisoners of War on October 26, 2013. On the weekend of October 25/26/27, Irish republicans and their supporters will hold various protest and events on at least three continents, Australia, Europe and North America. October 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the escape of three republican POWs by helicopter from Mountjoy jail. October 25 is also the anniversary of the death of Sinn Féin’s Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence Mac Swiney and republican Joseph Murphy in Cork prison. Both died on hunger strike in July 1920. On October 27, 1980 the first H-Block hunger strike began. The members of the committee urge all Irish Republicans abroad, international human-rights activists and progressive political activists to support the 3rd Annual International Day in Support of the Irish Prisoners of War on October 26, 2013. The republican POWs scream, but their voices die away in silence. We on the outside must become the voice of the prisoners! The members of the committee for the coming period are: from Europe: George Faisan of Liberation Irlande, France, and Dieter Blumenfeld of Republican Sinn Féin, Austria; from North America: Padraig MacLiam of the Release Martin Corey Campaign, USA, and Dominick Bruno of the National Irish Freedom Committee, USA; and Martin Longwill of the Sydney Branch of the James Connolly Association. The website of the International Committee to Support the Irish Prisoners of War is: http://supportthepows.irish-solidarity.net/. The contact details to the Chairperson of the Committee are: supporthepows@irish-solidarity.net and 0043 664 556 18 68. Further contact details to each area are available from the website.
  4. 2016 will see the centenary of the anti-imperialist rising of Irish republicans, revolutionaries, socialists and militant trade union activists against 800 years of Anglo-Norman, English and British occupation in Ireland. The reading of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic marks the initial point of the current phase of the national and social liberation struggle of the Republican Movement in Ireland. Yet 1916 remains unfinished business! The Republican Sinn Féin 1916 National Centenary Committee has been set up to make preparations to commemorate the events of 1916 in a decent and dignified way. Though the best way to commemorate the struggle of 1916 and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic is to join the struggle of Republican Sinn Féin and build the All-Ireland Republic proclaimed on Easter Week 1916! All events organised by the Republican Sinn Féin 1916 National Centenary Committee leading up to the centenary in 2016 will be announced on the new campaign-website http://1916centenary.rsf.ie/. Users will also find a wide range of historical information on the events of Easter Week 1916 and the revolutionary and pre-revolutionary period from 1913 to 1923. In the coming years Republican Sinn Féin will constantly updating the website. We ask everyone to visit the website regularly and share the information. 1916 remains unfinished business! Commemorate Easter Week 1916 by building the Republic! Join Republican Sinn Féin! The website of the Republican Sinn Féin 1916 National Centenary Committee: http://1916centenary.rsf.ie/ Críoch/Ends. For confirmation: Republican Sinn Féin 1916 National Centenary Committee, saoirse@iol.ie
  5. On July 1, Lithuania has taken the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from the 26 Counties Administration in Dublin for the coming twelve months. On this day, the programme of the Lithuanian EU-Presidency has been published in Brussels. Referring to the illegal treatment of republican prisoner Michael Campbell and the inhumane treatment in prison, Republican Sinn Féin International Spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld called the programme of the Lithuanian EU-Presidency as “pure hypocrisy”. The programme of the Lithuanian EU-Presidency vows to safeguard “that the EU institutions remain active in their protection of fundamental human rights both within the EU and abroad“. The programme continues: “Regarding the Southern neighbourhood, Lithuania will support the EU focus on more effective implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy aiming at promoting democracy and inclusive and sustainable growth, based on promotion of human rights, especially the equal rights and freedoms of women, as well as closer cooperation with civil society.“ Furthermore the documents claims: “The EU is ready to take on leadership in protecting human rights.“ The chapter D “Justice and Home Affairs” starts with: “The Council dedicates particular attention to the protection of interests and the needs of citizens and other EU residents, in order to ensure respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms.” In a statement, Dieter Blumenfeld, International Spokesperson of Republican Sinn Féin, said: “The whole document is pure hypocrisy. While the EU and the current EU-Presidency of Lithuania try to play the role of heralds of human rights and democracy, they hold an innocent Irish citizen under inhumane conditions in Lithuania. Not just that his basic human rights are continuously denied by the very government that produced this document. Michael Campbell should have never been sentenced in the first place. The whole process of coercion, incitement and setting traps is unlawful as such. “While we demand the repatriation of Irish republican Michael Campbell, we are very aware of the fact that Michael Campbell should have never been sentenced in the first place. The whole court case was a farce, disreputable for a so-called democratic state in the 21st century. Thus, we call on all Irish republicans and their supporters in Europe and elsewhere to put pressure on the Lithuanian government. The unlawful refusal of Michael Campbell’s basic human rights must end immediately! We ask all our supporters to write letters to the Lithuanian embassy and consulate in your countries and demand justice for Irish republican prisoner Michael Campbell. We ask you to raise the case of Michael Campbell among your family, friends and in your workplace. Contact local, regional and national media outlets. “Only a campaign of international pressure on the Lithuanian government can and ultimately will achieve justice and the repatriation of Michael Campbell”, Republican Sinn Féin International Spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld said. Críoch/Ends. For confirmation: Dieter Blumenfeld,International PRO Republican Sinn Féin, 0043 664 556 18 68, international@rsf.ie http://www.rsf-international.org/
  6. Statement by the Republican Sinn Féin International Relations Department The blacklisting of Hezbollah as a ‘terrorist organisation’ by the EU has been condemned by Republican Sinn Féin. In a statement RSF International Spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld said by putting Hezbollah on the EU-terrorlist, the EU-members once again follow the US-Israel-agenda in the Middle East and blocking the way for a democratic and federal solution of the conflicts in Lebanon, Syria and the Middle East. In a statement issued to media outlets in Europe on July 27, Dieter Blumenfeld, International Spokesperson of Republican Sinn Féin said: “Hezbollah is no terrorist organisation but a legitimate peoples movement. They play both an important social role in Lebanon and a very progressive role in defending the Arabic people and the minorities against Imperialist and Zionist aggression. The huge support the get from the people in Lebanon, Syria and all over the Arabic world proves their analyses and politics as correctly. “By putting Hezbollah on the EU-terrorlist, the EU members follow the Imperialist and Zionist agenda of blacklisting and demonising all progressive movement in the Middle East and world-wide. We as Irish Republicans know this situation all too well. The Irish Republican Movement stands for the same democratic rights once the progressive revolutions of America, France and Russia held up high, though for decades Irish republican organisations are on these terrorlists of the EU, the UN and the US State Department. “By proscribing Republican Sinn Féin as a ‘Foreign Terrorist Organisation’ and refusing our former President and Patron Ruairí Ó Brádaigh entering the United States, it has been proven that all these organisations and states show no real interest in a democratic and lasting solution of the Irish conflict. “The same happens with Hezbollah these days. Hezbollah is no terrorist organisations but a progressive people’s movement that is forced to take up arms to defend their people against Imperialist and Zionist aggressions. The whole episode once again shows that we as Irish Republicans cannot wait to see the EU or UN standing up for Irish Unity. All these events are in vain. What history told us is that only the international people’s struggle will lead to a lasting and just solution of the national, democratic and social question in the Middle East and Ireland.” Dieter Blumenfeld, international spokesperson of Republican Sinn Féin said. Críoch/Ends. For confirmation: Dieter Blumenfeld, International PRO Republican Sinn Féin, 0043 664 556 18 68, international@rsf.ie http://www.rsf-international.org
  7. 100th Anniversary of 1913 Lock-out Seminar Tuesday, August 27, 7pm Wynn's Hotel, Dublin organised by Republican Sinn Féin Dublin
  8. PICKET - in support of the release of Martin Corey. Belfast Falls Road, 27th July @ 2pm. Please come and show your support. http://ulster.rsf.ie/
  9. Support the POWs Political Status Picket in support of Republican POWs Saturday 20th, 12.45pm across from the GPO, O'Connell Street, Dublin. Come along and show your full support for Ireland's Revolutionary Freedom Fighters.
  10. 'Saoirse. The Voice of the Republican Movement' uimh 315 Iúil/July 2013, Special Edition in honour of Republican Sinn Féin Patron Ruairí Ó Bradaigh. To purchase a copy for € 2,- (plus p&h) contact: saoirse@iol.ie (Ireland), international@rsf.ie (Europe, Australia, Latin America & Asia) and nifcmem@optonline.net (North America) or your local Republican Sinn Féin Cumann in Ireland, Scotland and England.
  11. A new Republican Sinn Féin Cumann has been established in County Wicklow. It is a historic moment as the Republican movement hasn't had an active Cumann in the Garden county since the pre-1986 era. The Cumann has been named in honour of local man Maolmhuire Ó Raghallaigh and the recently deceased Ruairí Ó Brádaigh. Both men gave a lifetime of service to the Republican cause and stayed true to their principles to the end. Ó Raghallaigh saw active service during the Counter-revolution of 1922-23 as a member of Neil 'Plunkett' O'Boyle's Flying Column, and remained a dedicated Republican throughout all the defections over the years until passing away in 1992. Ó Brádaigh joined the movement in 1950 and went on to become a legendary figure, serving as IRA Chief Of Staff during Operation Harvest and also serving two lengthy terms as president of Sinn Féin. The Ruairí Ó Brádaigh/Maolmhuire Ó Raghallaigh Cumann pledge to offer the people of County Wicklow a Republican alternative to the failed policies of the Leinster House parties through the Éire Nua programme. Republican Sinn Féin stand for a complete British withdrawal from Ireland and the deliverance of social justice through the full implementation of the 1916 Proclamation. As well as promoting the policies of the Republican movement, we endeavour to highlight local issues affecting local people and the ongoing use of selective internment in the occupied six counties. The Cumann has members from all over County Wicklow and is looking for fresh recruits. For further information you can contact the Republican Sinn Féin head office at 018729747 or visit either of these websites: www.facebook.com/rsf.wicklow RSFWicklow@hotmail.com
  12. On the picture from left to right: Manik Mukherjee, IACC and SUCI-C; Dieter Blumenfeld, International PRO Republican Sinn Féin; Rafael Maramag, International League of Peoples' Struggle; Boyen Baleva, National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
  13. 'IACC joins Irish Anti-imperialist Forum at Belfast to protest against the G8 Summit'; report on page 10 of the Indian paper 'Proletarian Era' IACC joins Irish Anti-imperialist Forum at Belfast to protest against the G8 Summit Comrade Manik Mukherjee, member, Polit Bureau, SUCI© and General Secretary of International Anti-Imperialist Coordinating Committee (IACC) attended the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum (IAF) at Belfast, Northern Ireland, organized to protest against the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland on June 14-15. On June 14, immediately before the IAF meeting, the host organizers, the Republican Sinn Fein Party (RSF) held a successful White Line Picket demanding release of political hostage Martin Corey, and showing support for the Republican prisoners in Maghaberry jail. Delegates from the Irish Republic and several other countries participated. In the first session of the IAF on June 14 afternoon Comrade Manik Mukherjee addressed the assembly. In his brief speech he mentioned that the global capitalist-imperialist economy has plunged into a deep crisis, and severe recession has gripped all capitalist countries. Competition between the imperialist powers for shares in the shrinking world market has become more and more fierce. The capitalist class is trying to come out of the crisis by launching more and more ruthless attacks and vicious persecution on the working masses on the one hand, and on the other hand by enacting crisis management measures like GATT and WTO to somehow patch up a regulated trade system and division of market according to strength of capital. In all imperialist countries militarization of economy has emerged as a desperate measure for artificial stimulation of the crisis-ridden economy. As a result, engineering local and partial wars has become a compulsive necessity of imperialism. Hence there is now a heightened urgency of building up a militant peace movement and integrate it with the struggle against capitalism-imperialism. The G8 Summits are conclaves of the top imperialist powers, where each power tries to push its own agenda and wrest maximum advantage, and also crafts tactical alliances and signs trade agreements. There is fierce competition on who would have the right to plunder which corner of the world. They attempt to come to an agreement on how to share the spoils of aggression and exploitation. At the same time such meetings are used to push privatization-liberalization as a political instrument of the imperialist strategy. The current G8 Summit is being held in Northern Ireland, a glaring example of imperialist military occupation. The Irish people have a long history of militant fight against British imperialism, and the battle is still continuing. Hence it is fitting that this Anti-imperialist Forum is being held at Belfast. This Summit is being held at a time when the danger of imperialist attack on Syria is hovering in the background. The assembly of anti-imperialists from different parts of the globe in the IAF declares its strongest opposition to the neo-liberal economic policies of the G8 Summit, and demands in one voice an end to imperialist aggression and occupation in every part of the world. Let us pledge to intensify the struggle against imperialism in every country and dedicate ourselves to coordinate these struggles for releasing a mighty united, militant, global movement against imperialism. The following organizations attended the programme : From Ireland: Republican Sinn Féin; Celtic League, Éire Branch; Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective; Peace And Neutrality Alliance; Shell2Sea; Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes; Release Martin Corey Campaign; International: International Anti-imperialist Coordinating Committee (IACC); National Democratic Front of the Philippines; International League of Peoples’ Struggle; Halk Cephesi, Turkey; James Connolly Association, Australia; Liberation Irlande, France; Cumannna Saoirse Naísiúnta, USA. The intimidation and harassment by the British police and security forces could not dampen the militant spirit of the anti-G8 protesters and delegates and the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum was successfully held. On 16 June Comrade Manik Mukherjee attended the annual Wolfe-Tone-Commemoration for Theobald Wolfe Tone, the founder of Irish Republicanism and the leader of the 1798 Uprising for Irish freedom, held at Sallins, County Kildare, West of Dublin.
  14. Le combat du peuple philippin contre la domination impérialiste et la répression Discours prononcé à Conway Mill, à Belfast, le vendredi 14 juin 2013 dans le cadre du forum anti-impérialiste qui s’y est tenu pendant trois jours. Par Luis G. Jalandoni, responsable international du Front Démocratique National des Philippines. Le Front Démocratique National des Philippines remercie Republican Sinn Féin de l’avoir invité à participer à son Forum Anti-Impérialiste irlandais de 2013 et à participer à des activités conjointes pour contrer le sommet du G8 qui se tient dans le Fermanagh, comté d’Irlande occupé par la Grande-Bretagne. Nous vous sommes reconnaissants de pouvoir faire connaître ici la situation aux Philippines, et en particulier de vous parler de la destruction sociale et environnementale que l’impérialisme nous inflige, et de la lutte révolutionnaire menée par le peuple philippin pour l’indépendance nationale et la démocratie véritable. Nous voudrions aussi profiter de ce moment pour transmettre nos condoléances à la famille, aux camarades et aux amis de Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, ancien chef d’état major de l’IRA et ancien président de Republican Sinn Féin, qui a disparu le 5 juin. Il avait consacré sa vie au Mouvement Républicain irlandais, à la fois en tant que soldat et dirigeant politique, lui qui a été sa vie durant un parangon d’engagement, d’honneur et de loyauté à la cause de la liberté irlandaise. Les révolutionnaires philippins saluent l’héritage qu’il a passé aux générations suivantes de républicains qui continuent le combat pour l’indépendance nationale et la démocratie véritable. L’impérialisme US aux Philippines Il est tout à fait approprié de mener des activités publiques en même temps que le somment du G8 ici en Irlande. Cela donne aux peuples du monde l’occasion de cibler notre indignation collective sur la destruction et la pénurie engendrée par les Etats impérialistes les plus puissants du monde. La population des pays membres du G8 représente 14% de la population mondiale, alors que leur produit national brut représente 60% du PNB mondial. Les monopoles basés dans ces pays opèrent à l’échelle du monde, extorquent des sur-profits en pillant les ressources naturelles et en exploitant le travail salarié, et projettent leurs forces armées de répression contre les peuples qui se révoltent. Les Etats du G8 sont ceux qui font les plus grandes dépenses militaires et qui contrôlent presque toutes les armes nucléaires qui existent dans le monde. Ces Etats n’hésitent absolument pas à employer la force des armes contre d’autres pays qui défendent leur indépendance nationale, ou pour défendre leurs régimes fantoches en Asie, Afrique, Amérique Latine et au Moyen-Orient. Les Philippines ont subi la domination impérialiste US depuis le tournant du 20è siècle. Ayant pris le dessus sur le colonialisme espagnol, les Etats-Unis ont lancé une guerre interventionniste en 1899 contre le peuple souverain des Philippines. La brutalité des agresseurs étrangers a coûté la vie a 20.000 combattants philippins et à un million et demi de civils. Depuis lors, les Etats-Unis maintiennent leur emprise sur les Philippines, les dominant depuis 1946, tout d’abord comme un maître colonial suprême, puis par l’entremise de gouvernement autochtones fantoches. Le pays est maintenu dans une arriération agricole, l’économie n’est pas industrielle, mais elle utilisée comme source de matières minérales et naturelles, de plantations, de marchandises semi-finies et de travailleurs bon marché. Les Philippines sont utilisées, aujourd’hui comme hier, comme rampe de lancement pour les agressions armées en Asie Pacifique, dans l’Océan Indien et eu Moyen-Orient. Les Philippines sont un archipel en Asie du Sud-Est composé de plus de 7000 îles. Sa superficie est de 300.000 kilomètres carrés, à peu près comme la Nouvelle-Zélande et l’Italie, et sa population est d’environ 100 millions d’habitants. Le pays possède en abondance des ressources minérales, forestières, agricoles et marines. Malgré ces richesses luxuriantes, la majorité de la population vit dans la pauvreté. L’impérialisme US et les classes dominantes locales, les propriétaires terriens et la grande bourgeoisie compradore maintiennent le pays dans une condition principalement féodale. La majorité de la population est composée de paysans, dont 70% sont des métayers, non propriétaires. Ils paient une rente féodale aux propriétaires terriens, qui revient souvent à 70% de la récolte. Il n’y a presque pas de machines dans l’agriculture, la plupart des paysans travaillent avec des buffles et des instruments traditionnels pour la culture et la moisson. Les paysans et les travailleurs agricoles subissent un asservissement de type féodal, ils sont victimes de l’usure, de très bas salaires et de prix de revient très bas pour leurs produits agricoles. Moins de 15% de la population travaille dans le secteur industriel en tant que salariés. Il s’agit pour l’essentiel d’industries liées à l’agriculture, à l’extraction des ressources naturelles, et à l’assemblage de produits électroniques, textiles, d’équipements de transport et de produits alimentaires. Pendant la dernière décennie, des compagnies étrangères ont installé des centres d’appel dans le pays, employant paraît-il 700.000 travailleurs, c’est-à-dire environ 2% de la force de travail actuelle. Les travailleurs salariés des Philippines gagnent en moyenne 1,30 € de l’heure et 10,5 € par jour. Les besoins moyens par famille sont de €18,20 par jour pour survivre. Ceci signifie que le travailleur salarié gagne en moyenne la moitié de ce dont il a besoin pour survivre. Et de fait, 60% de la population vit dans la pauvreté, ne pouvant se procurer le nécessaire. Les entreprises monopolistes continuent de pillier les ressources naturelles du pays. Ils engrangent des sur-profits de ces opérations d’extraction et ne payent pour ainsi dire rien au gouvernement en retour. D’un autre côté, ces développements engendrent des dommages irréparables à l’environnement naturel et l’épuisement des ressources qui seraient nécessaires à l’industrialisation du pays. Les classes dominantes locales, propriétaires terriens et grande bourgeoisie compradore, sont rapaces et répressives à l’extrême. Elles monopolisent les ressources économiques du pays, exploitent les travailleurs, se servent de leur positions dans l’Etat pour en extraire un profit économique et politique, et emploient la puissance toute entière de l’Etat contre les masses populaires qui exigent le changement social. D’autre part, ces classes dominantes sont serviles à l’extrême envers les compagnies monopolistes étrangères et l’impérialisme US. Ils livrent le patrimoine du pays et sa souveraineté à des profiteurs étrangers et légitiment la domination impérialiste US. La révolution contre l’impérialisme, le féodalisme et le capitalisme bureaucratique La majorité écrasante du peuple philippin subit le problème chronique de l’impérialisme, du féodalisme et du capitalisme bureaucratique. Dans ces conditions, le peuple n’a d’autre choix que de livrer une lutte révolutionnaire pour l’indépendance nationale et la démocratie véritable. Ceci implique le renversement par la force de l’Etat réactionnaire contrôlé par les Etats-Unis, la distribution gratuite des terres agricoles aux paysans pauvres et ouvriers agricoles, le développement socialiste de l’agriculture, l’industrialisation de la nation, et l’établissement d’une république démocratique et populaire dirigée par la classe ouvrière. A l’heure actuelle, la révolution démocratique nationale est dirigée par la Parti Communiste des Philippines. Depuis sa reconstitution en 1968, le Parti a formé et commande la New People’s Army (NPA), qui est son arme principale, destinée à démanteler la force armée de l’Etat réactionnaire. Employant la stratégie de la guerre populaire prolongée, les forces révolutionnaires se construisent dans les vastes zones rurales, battant les forces armées réactionnaires unité par unité, dans le but de s’emparer du pouvoir politique à l’échelle du pays. En outre, la NPA est l’instrument principal qu’utilise le parti pour soulever, organiser et mobiliser la population rurale dans la révolution. Sont établies des organismes sectoriels à destination de la paysannerie, des femmes, des jeunes, et de la petite bourgeoisie rurale. Des projets et des campagnes pour la révolution agraire sont lancés, pour la baisse de la rente foncière par exemple, la fin de l’usure, l’amélioration de la production agricole, l’augmentation des salaires agricoles, des prix des produits à la vente, et l’amélioration des activités coopératives. Des organes locaux de pouvoir politique sont mis sur pied, en commençant au niveau du village, puis aux niveaux municipaux et provinciaux. Ces organes de pouvoir imposent la réforme agraire, organisent la production économique, l’éducation, l’auto-défense, l’arbitrage des conflits et des activités culturelles. Les activités révolutionnaires dans les villes sont également importantes. Sont formées des organisations d’ouvriers, d’indigents, de femmes, de jeunes, d’étudiants et de personnes des classes moyennes [«urban professionals»]. Elles entreprennent des actions légales et non armées pour propager les exigences des masses pour la libération nationale et la libération sociale. Elles font en outre connaître les nouvelles du front de la lutte armée menée principalement dans les campagnes, mais qui inspire la population urbaine, qui peut la soutenir ou rejoindre ses rangs. En ce moment, les forces révolutionnaires dirigées par le Parti Communiste des Philippines sont actives dans 70 provinces sur les 81 que compte le pays. La NPA opère sur plus de 110 fronts de guérilla, chaque front engageant une escouade ou une compagnie de combattants rouges. Le nombre des combattants rouges à temps plein munis de fusils d’assaut se rapproche de 10.000 unités. A ceux-ci s’ajoutent les milliers de volontaires des milices populaires, et les centaines de milliers de personnes qui participent aux unités d’auto-défense des organisations de masses dans les campagnes. La base de masses de la révolution, ce sont des millions de personnes. Cela a pu se faire en construisant au niveau des villages eux-mêmes des organisations de masse, des organes de pouvoir politique, et des comités du Parti. Celui-ci compte plus de 100.000 membres et a comme but d’en organiser 250.000, dans les campagnes comme dans les villes. Pour sa part, la NPA vise à accroître ses effectifs et atteindre le nombre de 25.000 combattants et à passer à 180 fronts de guérilla. Les organes de pouvoir politique et les organisations de masses se renforcent et cherchent à étendre leur influence sur des millions de gens, par l’organisation directe et le travail de front. Sous la direction du Parti, la NPA et les autres organisations alliées du Front Démocratique National des Philippines sont décidées à préparer l’avancée de la lutte révolutionnaire vers la victoire finale contre l’impérialisme US et ses alliés réactionnaires locaux. La victoire du peuple philippin saura contribuer à l’affaiblissement de la domination impérialiste US et aiguiser la contradiction qui prévaut au sein même des Etats impérialistes. Nous adressons notre solidarité révolutionnaire au peuple d’Irlande dans sa lutte ininterrompue contre l’impérialisme britannique et pour la révolution socialiste. Nous attendons une plus grand unité entre nos peuples et un soutien mutuel dans notre lutte commune pour la libération nationale, la justice sociale, la démocratie véritable et le développement socialiste. Victoire à la révolution nationale démocratique aux Philippines! Victoire au mouvement républicain irlandais! Vive Republican Sinn Féin! Vive la solidarité internationale anti-impérialiste! Traduction: Liberation Irlande, France