|Written by Editorial PSTU Brazil Wed, December 05, 2012 16:40|
|Thursday, 13 December 2012 13:26|
Ceremony on December 1st touched everyone present and those who have followed the ceremony over the Internet It was a day worthy to be written in the book of history. Not only in the history of the Workers International League, but all the more than 800 people crammed into the hall Unione Benevolenza in Buenos Aires. It is a highly meaningful site. “This is an area of traditional Argentine working class,” said Alicia Sagra, Argentine trotskyist leader who led the ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of IWL. The ceremony drew tears of the audience since its very beginning. After the display of a video containing a summary of the documentary on the history of IWL, flags of the parties that make up the League entered the hall, being shaken under the applause of hundreds of people, among Argentines, Brazilians, Chileans, Colombians, and activists from various nationalities who headed to Buenos Aires in this December 1st. As soon as the ceremony started, the Palestinian activist living in Brazil, Soraya Misleh, announced her affiliation to PSTU and IWL. Unable to hold back her tears, Soraya said she had already started to feel touched when he arrived at the airport to go to Buenos Aires. “I met a Palestinian from Gaza and a comrade from the West Bank, and this meeting would never be possible, because who is in Gaza cannot visit the West Bank and I cannot go to Palestine because I’m in the fight.”
Soraya spoke about the challenges and the struggle of the Palestinian people: “The future of Palestine lies in the hands of the youth, but there is still the lack of a revolutionary leadership.” She also spoke about the Arab revolutions, whose main hub today is the Syrian revolution. “The route for the liberation of Palestine goes through the Arab revolution and the downfall of Bashar Al Assad will be a great step towards this goal.” Eduardo Almeida, from the direction of PSTU Brazil recalled another time, also in Buenos Aires, 25 years ago, when Nahuel Moreno died and the crisis that shook the IWL started. “We were saddened, but today we are in Buenos Aires again and we are delighted.” Eduardo mentioned the process of IWL’s strengthening and its expanding to European countries such as Portugal, Italy and Spain as well as the intervention of these parties in the current process of mobilization against austerity plans. Eduardo also mentioned the importance of the morals heritage that IWL safeguards, as well as the principles of Marxism, at a time when much of the left abandons the perspective of the socialist revolution. “This is a major tribute we can offer to Nahuel Moreno memory”,said Eduardo Barragan, from the direction of Argentine PSTU. Barragan mentioned the current struggles of the European workers and the North African revolutions, which today show more than ever the need for the internationalism and for a revolutionary leadership that makes it possible for the working class “together and at one go to hitthe imperialism’s offensive and the bourgeoisie’s attacks”. Vera Lucia from PSTU – Aracaju – Sergipe State, Brazil, touched everyone when she talked about the need to fight against oppression. “I would like to speak in Spanish here, but to me, as well as to large part of the working class it was not offered the access to proper education,” she said, emphasizing the condition of overexploitation that women in general, black women and lesbians are subjected. At the end of her speech, everyone chanted the slogan: “Our fight / is every day / against sexism, racism and homophobia.” The end of the event was carried out by Angel Luis Parras, the “Cabeças”, from the direction of Corriente Roja of Spain and IWL. “The current situationis very complex, but very enthralling”, he said. “We have witnessed the explosion of the revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East as a result of the economic crisis and the popular upsurge, but also as a result of what has been the end of the Stalinist apparatus. After being submitted to misery and dictatorship the peoples broke into the political scene”, mentioning the crisis in Europe and the revolutions in North Africa. “Cabeças”attacked the position of most of the left and the Castro-Chavism, who support the dictator Assad in Syria. “They say that there is a unity of action between the rebels and imperialism. But of course there is this unity. It is a kind of unity equal to the one that happened between the Allies and the partisans, when the Allies landed in Normandy, against Mussolini”. “We hereby, want to send a salutation to our detractors: keep calling acts in defense of Assad because we, as from IWL, will continue in the resistance” he provoked. “Cabeças”concluded mentioning the revolutionary faith that IWL has in the working class, the same hope that allowed it to go through crises and difficulties, and that enables it now, in full crisis of capitalism, to grow and get stronger in several countries around the world.