From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free, to hell with the Zionist Entity

No Peace with Israel.

No Recognition of Israel.

No Negotiation with Israel.” – the Three Nos of the Khartoum Conference


The Third Intifada has been called.

In the wake of the ‘Sword of Jerusalem’ resistance operation and the recent general strike throughout Palestine a ceasefire has been issued but the struggle is far, far from over. The arrests, colonial murders and settler-thievery continues. So does the resistance.

The Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM) declares it’s solidarity with the Palestinian national liberation struggle in its fight against the Zionist Entity. The RSM fully recognize the right of the Palestinians to resist against their ongoing displacement, subjugation and genocide at the hands of Zionist fascism. The RSM wholeheartedly condemns the actions of Zionist forces not just in the Holocaust they are orchestrating in Gaza and the ethnic cleansings they are committing in Jerusalem but in their entire occupation of Palestinian territory.

The renewed call to struggle in the form of the Third Intifada was called in response – in the short term – to the evictions being carried out in Sheikh Jarrah, the Zionist assaults upon the sacred al-Asqa Mosque, the relentless assaults against the people of Gaza, the barbarity of Zionist settler lynch mobs and the other recent assorted crimes of the settler-regime, all on the holy month of Ramadan. The Zionist Entity has overplayed their hand and underestimated the willingness and capacity of the Palestinian people to hold their ground and strike back.

This recent call to resistance must be understood in context of the century-old struggle for independence of the Palestinian people, first against European, now against Zionist colonization. In 1917 the Balfour declaration signaled the beginning of British imperialism’s support for establishing an ethno-state for European Jews in what was then Ottoman-ruled Palestine as a means of ridding Europe of the persecuted Jewish population. Rather than fighting anti-Semitism the British imperialists – many of whom were virulent anti-Semites themselves – hoped to rid Europe of Jewish people entirely while diverting working class Jewish energy towards a colonial and imperialist project: Zionism.

What was originally a fringe movement that was denounced by most segments of European Jews developed into a powerful force with the help of British and American imperialism in the wake of the Nazi Holocaust. In May 1948, the British colonialists ceded all authority over Palestine to a provisional Zionist government.

The Zionists immediately unleashed a campaign of genocidal settler colonialism. So began the Nakba, or great catastrophe, where over 400 Arab Palestinian villages were ethnically cleansed in a spree of murder, rape, and pillage by Zionist militias. These atrocities were directly compared, even by Zionist settlers on the ground, to those of the Nazis. The Zionist Entity has conducted its activities in a similar fashion ever since, as seen in its historical and present economic exploitation of the labour of Palestinians made to build up the Zionist infrastructure as their own homes have been demolished; it’s premeditative seizure of the West Bank and the Golan Heights in 1967, it’s mass murder of Arab civilians during the 1973 War; it’s brutal repression of the first two intifadas; its attacks on Lebanon in 1982 and 2006; and its non-stop campaign of genocide against the people of the Gaza Strip. The Zionist expansionists seem to be determined to eventually carve out a ‘greater Israel’ – one that would involve the further theft of vast swathes of territory from all neighbouring states and even those beyond that – even before they have finished seizing all of Palestine from the Palestinian people. This tiny, illegitimate, nuclear-armed settler-colony is the most powerful state in West Asia, a more militarized society than Germany from 1871-1945 and a blatant obstacle to not just regional peace but world peace. Opposing its existence isn’t merely a good principle, it’s just good sense generally.

‘Israel’ is thus quite plainly a thoroughly illegitimate settler-colonial state whose evolution from Ben Gurion’s farcical brand of ‘labor/socialist’ Zionism towards the almost completely explicit and outright fascism of Netanyahu’s Likud Party has been an entirely logical and authentic process born of the internal dialectics of settler-colonialism itself. Many poor Zionist liberals have strained and exerted themselves much to paint the growth of the Kahanist movement (in both the Knesset and the ‘Israeli’ public), the unceasing brutality of the IDF and the political dominance of Bibi’s merry gang of lunatics as an aberration from the normal character and conduct of the Zionist Entity. Any halfwit can see that these merely represent the naked form of what Zionism truly is, what the pig looks like without any poorly-applied lipstick.

We also note that two of the most major claims that the Zionist Entity has made to defend its own hollow legitimacy – that it is the only democracy in the WANA region and that it is the representative and haven for the entire Jewish people – are patently absurd.

For starters, in the past, one could perhaps have upheld the former notion with a variety of qualifiers attached – that it is a Herrenvolk regime that enforces a brutal system of apartheid, that it is a state built on stolen land and the dispossession of its indigenous people, that until 1967 a fifth of its population were held under outright military rule, that the ‘democracy’ of capitalist society “is curtailed, wretched, false, a democracy only for the rich, for the minority”. Perhaps. But now? The seemingly eternal and unaccountable rule of the comically corrupt and criminal figure of Netanyahu, who has actively stoked the tensions that led to the call to Intifada as a means of avoiding serious legal charges via a state of emergency, should destroy this pathetic illusion entirely.

And the attempts of Zionists and open anti-Semites (and openly anti-Semitic Zionists, often of an openly reactionary Christian evangelical bent) to equate the Zionist Entity with the Jewish community should be rejected entirely, and already have been by the RSM. Further, not only do we oppose this slander against those who oppose settler-colonial barbarism, not only do we acknowledge the principled and correct opposition of many members of the Jewish community to Zionism (from Norman Finkelstein to Ronnie Barkan to Ilan Pappe to Noam Chomsky and so on and so on) but we condemn the role that the Zionist occupiers have played throughout the world in enabling and even promoting anti-Semitism.

Examples galore can be found of this in the Zionist leadership’s key role in supporting rabid anti-Semites like Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and Viktor Orbán (support that has only strengthened as their anti-Semitism has become more open); in Netanyahu’s public defence of Adolf Hitler (saying that in 1941 “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews, he wanted to expel the Jew” and was only convinced to go about exterminating Jews due to Palestinian manipulation – though to be fair, at a very early point in the 1930s Hitler did support the German Zionists in their campaign to move Jews out of the country and into Palestine, the truly loathsome element of Netanyahu’s statement was his attempt to shift much of the blame for the Holocaust away from Germans and onto Arabs); in the crucial military aid and training to Jew-murdering neo-Nazi militias like the Ukrainian Azov Battalion; in the major role Likud leaders, Netanyahu advisers and even Netanyahu’s own son (a fellow who is admired by a great many Western neo-Nazis) have played in spreading far-right conspiracy theories about George Soros; in the discrimination that exists in ‘Israel’ against Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews; and in Hasbarist attacks on the anti-Zionist Jewish diaspora as ‘traitors’ and ‘self-hating Jews’. These are not merely expressions of the current state of affairs in ‘Israel’ but an expression of the fact that the existence of the Zionist Entity is built on the ethnic separation of Jews from all other societies, the fact that the structure of ‘Israeli’ capitalism encourages Zionists to ally themselves with imperialist states that themselves have a long history of anti-Semitism and its claim to be a unifying force for all Jews inherently creates an antagonistic contradiction between itself and diaspora Jews unwilling or unable to participate in or defend its colonial project.

We of the RSM declare that the Zionist Entity of ‘Israel’ is an anti-Semitic formation even if it promotes white Jewish supremacy in occupied Palestine, it is a formation built on the idea that Jews are a foreign entity that should be expelled from Euro-America and we stand by the idea that the defence of Zionism is inherently anti-Semitic.

Never have the Palestinian people been willing to accept their own genocide at the hands of the settler-fascists. The most heroic moments of struggle undertaken by the forces of the PLO and Hamas; the righteous fury of the first two Intifadas; the images of young Palestinian Davids throwing stones against the forces of the Zionist Goliath; the protests big and small in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem; these are all testament to the fact that they have not and will not ever lay down and accept their demise. The absurdity of Zionist talking points regarding their murder of Palestinians – claims that every civilian killed in Gaza was a suspected Hamas ‘terrorist’, claims that Palestinian protesters cut down by the IDF have been driven to “self-genocide” on Hamas’s orders and so on – themselves hint at this, that their sick race war will be met with constant resistance from near-all sections of the Palestinian people. And indeed, now Palestinians stand more united than ever, with the gaps in the factions of the resistance dissolving now in a truly historic way and the Palestinian masses celebrating the blows struck against their oppressors through strike action – something that in and of itself reveals just how dependent the Zionist ethnostate is upon the labour of Palestinians.

Palestinian history is a history of extraordinary revolutionary struggle. This struggle, contrary to Hasbarist nonsense, has historically been a secular and perfectly legitimate struggle for the national liberation of the Palestinian people, and not some a reactionary Al-Qaeda-style vendetta against Jewish people for simply being Jewish. The rise of more theocratic elements in the movement (even if they do not have a degree of control over the movement that is monolithic or complete) is something that the Zionist intelligence agencies are themselves in large part responsible for, helping Islamists take over leadership of the movement, pushing aside the PLO as a means of – among other things – making the Palestinian resistance easier to demonize. Whilst this does not fully account for the rise of Hamas within the Palestinian resistance and its base of support within Palestine, this is something that should be taken into account by even those of us who critically all factions of said resistance, especially when looking at the actual role of political Islam in WANA region politics and the role of the ‘specter of Hamas’ in Zionist narratives about Gaza. It should also be noted that – given the position of Hamas in the current resistance movement and the recent unification of all factions of said resistance movement, these are not grounds to dismiss the important work that Hamas has recently done in striking back against the Zionists, nor are they grounds to deny Hamas our aforementioned critical support – if the dedicated Marxist revolutionaries of the PFLP and DFLP inside Palestine itself can stand arms-locked in solidarity with Hamas, then we on Turtle Island can at the very bloody least put in a kind word for them right now.

The continued defiance and resistance of the Palestinian masses can in fact be seen as a key factor in why exactly the absurd barbarism of the Zionist Entity is currently reaching its zenith – no lesser measures could possibly work to properly protect settler-colonialism in Palestine from the resistance of its indigenous masses.

It comes to no surprise that the Western imperialist camp, and most virulently the Anglo-settler colonial nations such as Canada and America, stand in full support of Zionism whilst pretending to give a rat’s ass about butchered Palestinians. The US gave $3.8 billion in military aid and $8 billion in loan guarantees to the Zionist Entity in 2019. This is on top of joint intelligence operations, military training, exercise, and arms sales. Canada also partakes in all these activities. Both countries have been involved in pressuring the states of the Muslim-majority world to normalize relations to and cooperate with the Zionists, sabotaging, sanctioning and even overthrowing governments that take a stand against Tel Aviv’s barbarism. Both countries further refuse to recognize the Palestinian state. The leaders of the Trudeau government have condemned the actions of Hamas but refuse to call out the Zionist aggressor, hiding behind tepid complaints and moral sophistry. For the Zionists they have arms and finance, for the Palestinians, thoughts, and prayers (subject to recall).

There are many reasons why imperialists and settler-colonial imperialists specifically would back Tel Aviv – primary among them being the material benefits that these powers receive from the existence of the Zionist Entity. For one, it represents a white imperialist beachhead in the heart of the West Asia. The WANA region holds around 70% of the world’s known oil reserves. What is more, it is centrally located between Russia, China and the waking giant of Africa, where more and more imperialist attention is being focused. Controlling West Asia is thus central to maintaining western imperialist hegemony.

We can also note how similar ‘Israel’s’ conduct is to that of the US and Canada even when it bears only a loose connection or even no connection to their own activities. The coups, election interference and sabotage operations throughout the world that the CIA is so infamous for carrying out have likewise been replicated by Mossad, bringing Idi Amin to power in Uganda, orchestrating the Lavon affair and the sinking of the USS Liberty, destroying Syria’s Al Kibar Nuclear Reactor in 2007, aiding the Nicaraguan Contras as far back as 1979 and ensuring the defeat of Jeremy Corbyn in the 2017 and 2019 UK elections, just to name a few individual cases.

One cannot help but notice how many settlers in ‘Israel’ are equipped with Canadian, British, American, Australian and New Zealander passports, connections and accents – not only do the imperialist powers support the colonization with arms, money and good press, they have lubricated the process by which foreign settlers arrive to facilitate the invasion of Palestine. On top of the general imperialist interests in maintaining Israel, the countries of Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada have an additional incentive. These countries, all of which are settler-colonial countries built on the genocide and displacement of their rightful inhabitants, uphold Israel as legitimate, not just due to the politico-economic benefits they gain from doing so but because to do otherwise would call in to question their very right to existence. The recognition of the illegitimacy of Zionist settler colonialism would likewise be a recognition of the illegitimacy of the other settler countries. They uphold Israel to uphold themselves.

The sheer inhuman brutality of the Zionists may look unique in its wretchedness but in truth it represents merely a modern remaking of the exact sort of criminality that previous settler-colonialisms used. What is happening to Palestine is exactly what happened previously to the peoples of Turtle Island, and the difference between the colonial powers in question is simply the difference between how developed and firmly entrenched their settler-colonialisms are. We can add to the seemingly endless list of crimes that the Zionists have committed: plagiarism.

Ever since October 1917 it has become increasingly hard for a colonial power to bring a united Indigenous nation to its knees. The Nazis – whose conduct Zionist military commanders have at times explicitly drawn inspiration from (Amir Oren’s 2002 article At the Gates of Yassergrad openly admitted that Israeli soldiers were studying the tactics used to repress the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising) – attempted the Manifest-Destiny-inspired project of Lebensraum in Eastern Europe and it resulted in their complete annihilation. The American empire waged a campaign of genocidal warfare against the people of Vietnam and ended up humiliated. The British worked with the American imperialists in their colonial Reconquista of Iraq in 2003 and the resulting turmoil showed both the decrepit state of British imperialism and signaled the beginning of the real decline of the US Empire. And now, in Palestine this new Intifada is spreading into territory the Zionists have held since 1948 and has tied itself to the wave of organized resistance pouring through the Zionist’s borders from Iraq, Lebanon, Tehran, Damascus and so on. This is an Intifada of historic significance, whose power can be felt resonating across the world just days after the blessed call to intifada.

Just as the imperialists have good reason to support the Zionists, so too do the world’s masses of proletarians, peasants and other exploited peoples have reasons to support Palestinian resistance. The Palestinian struggle against the Zionist Entity represents a key struggle against imperialism, capitalism, and colonialism, one that has advanced to a stage where it in fact may constitute the most important national liberation struggle on the planet at the time of writing. It represents a path towards the environmental preservation of Palestine against the Zionist arsonists, capitalists and pillagers of nature; the destruction of one of the most supremely repulsive forms of colonialism in existence today; the destruction of imperialism and capitalism; and the liberation of the oppressed classes of Palestine. The Palestinian people are the vanguard of the world anti-colonial struggle. Their potential, looming victory would be a victory for all of us who wish to see a better, livable future. Any person who believes themselves to be a champion of the international proletariat must lend their full support to the Palestinian people in their struggle to topple Zionism as a political force. They share with us the common goal of defeating world imperialism, capitalism, and colonialism.

In the long term, the best thing we in Canada can do for the Palestinian cause is work towards the dismantling of the Canadian settler colonial state (and it’s larger, supremely imperialist neighbour) through the establishment of a socialist republic on Turtle Island, guided by the anti-colonial, scientific and correct application of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. In the process of this, we can aim to force the Ottawa to cut all ties and all support for the Zionist Occupation. We must use every tool at our disposal to force the Canadian Entity into abandoning ‘Israel’, whether peacefully or militantly, whether through BDS or alternative strategies consistent with the preparation for a protracted people’s war. We must amplify the current movement as well as connect it to our own colonial question until the global anti-colonial struggle forms one deafening chorus. Every blow struck by the forces of progress against the Canadian Entity a victory for Palestine. Every blow the Palestinian people strike against the Zionist Entity is a victory for us.

We call on all students, workers, and advanced sections of every class to struggle on behalf of the Palestinian people, to openly support all forces of resistance in general and particular those such as the DFLP and the PFLP who are explicitly committed to the communist cause in Palestine. We call on all nations to renounce their recognition of the criminal settler states of Canada and the Zionist Enemy. We call on all nations, especially those Arab nations which have normalized and aided ‘Israel’ to repent and uphold the principles of the Three No’s of 1967 in the face of the Zionist Enemy and by materially supporting the Palestinian people in their struggle. May those new Anwar Sadats who remain on the path of compradorism, co-existence with settler-colonialism and treason to the Arab people meet the fates they deserve. We declare our support for the actions all of West Asian governments that have supported Palestinian national liberation, from Damascus to Tehran, insofar as their actions facilitate this. ‘Israel’ cannot be reasoned with; it cannot exist without expansionism, environmental destruction and outright genocide; and for the good of all humankind it cannot continue its illegitimate dominance over the region. It is a threat to all Palestinians, it is a threat to the entire region and it is a threat to the people of the entire planet – any blow struck against it is to be welcomed. This conflict must be resolved with a one-state solution built on foundations of human equality and anti-colonial solidarity, one state that is called Palestine.

The Revolutionary Student Movement declares its unyielding support for the Palestinian national liberation struggle, as well of that of the greater Arab masses, and defends their right to stand against the Netanyahu’s Fourth Reich and its allies, and to reclaim every inch of land that is theirs by whatever means necessary.

Every inch.



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A photo of three young people waving large flags of Palestine against a clear sunny sky. Superimposed over the photo is "ANTI-ZIONISM IS NOT ANTISEMITISM!" in big yellow letters. Under that it says "Oppose Ontario's Adoption of the IHRA Antisemitism Definition!" in smaller white letters.ANTI-ZIONISM IS NOT ANTISEMITISM! OPPOSE ONTARIO’S ADOPTION OF THE IHRA ANTISEMITISM DEFINITION!

As of October 26, 2020, the government of Ontario has chosen to adopt the definition of antisemitism which has been published by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). This definition reads as follows:

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

This can be interpreted broadly, but IHRA has helpfully clarified what this means on their website, for example:

“Manifestations might include the targeting of the State of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.”

This seems reasonable, at least insofar as it acknowledges that one can be critical of Israel without being antisemitic. Yet, short sentences later, we see what limitations IHRA really considers reasonable. They have listed a number of examples of antisemitism, and one example stands out:

“Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.”

What does this mean? It means that criticism of Israel must always imply support of Israel: it cannot call into question the right of Israel to exist. Israel’s existence, of course, is at the expense of the self-determination of the Palestinian people who lived on that land when the first Zionist settlers arrived there. It is a nation built from the conquest of Palestine by force, and Palestinians now live in refugee camps of neighboring nations or in the meager territories in the West Bank and Gaza because of that.

The Jewish people have rights, the same rights to their lives and their livelihoods as the Palestinians do, but to support the rights of Jewish people is not the same as to support the existence of Israel. The State of Israel does not represent the interests of the Jewish people; on the contrary, as the great Lenin pointed out, a people can never be free so long as it oppresses another. The Jewish people have lived for millennia without a settler State that commits genocide under the cover of Jewish self-determination, and the vast majority of Jewish people continue to live outside Israel. The IHRA’s conflation of Israel’s existence with Jewish self-determination is in fact a core pillar of settler-colonial Zionist ideology, which must be combated alongside the equally poisonous ideology of antisemitism.

By adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism, the Ontario government defines the call for Palestinian liberation itself as being antisemitic, and turns all of its supporters into potential targets for sanctions and repression. Of course, there is an important reason why it benefits the government of Ontario (and, in 2019, the Canadian government) to accept IHRA’s definition: Canada’s interests with Israel. Canada voted in favor of the creation of Israel at the UN in 1947 and continues to be its trade partner through the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA), although its voting support for Israel in the UN has changed over the decades. The Ford government’s support for Zionism in 2020 is likely connected with Israel’s signing of peace accords with Bahrain, UAE, and Sudan. All of these are countries which have long been hostile to Israel due to their Muslim majorities, so their growing acceptance of diplomacy and trade with Israel heralds the growing Israeli sphere of influence in the region and the expansionist dreams of the most fervent Zionists. The increased support signaled by these countries as well as by this province, in a time of political upheaval in Israel as well as in its primary ally, the USA, is a statement of support for imperialism and settler-colonialism which we cannot accept.

Canada itself is guilty of the very same crimes as Israel. Canada exists at the expense of the rights of the Indigenous Nations whose land was (and continues to be) systematically stolen by the old Canadian State. To the extent that Canada can help bolster the claim of Zionism to stolen land, it can also reinforce its own claim to stolen land. Sanitizing Israel’s genocide of Palestinians allows Canada to do the same for its own genocide of Indigenous Nations. The big capitalists of both countries have a lot in common when it comes to how they do business, especially when it comes to the way they treat those who rebel against their power, i.e. by the brutal and remorseless use of military force.

Palestine has a right to self-determination. The people of Palestine, subject to brutality, murder, and the robbery of their home, have a right to rebel against this injustice, just as do all oppressed nations and workers of the world. In every country, in every language, the masses of the world cry out “Long live Palestine”, and that too is their right. When the government of this province threatens even our right to express our support for Palestinian liberation, we have no choice but to speak louder, for we cannot let ourselves be silenced.

Our ability to protest freely is not our most important weapon, however. The liberation of Palestine itself, just like the liberation of the Indigenous Nations on this continent, and just like the liberation of the workers of the world, can only be carried out by the masses through revolutionary struggle. It is only by completely tearing down the old world that we can bring about the new world.





★ Revolutionary Student Movement – Toronto (Organizing Committee)

★ Revolutionary Student Movement – Windsor

★ Revolutionary Student Movement – Guelph

★ Coordinating Committee of the Revolutionary Student Movement

Vocal in Demanding the Release of the Revolutionary Poet Varavara Rao and All Political Prisoners

Vocal in Demanding the Release of the Revolutionary Poet Varavara Rao and All Political Prisoners

While India is reeling with Covid-19, the country’s central and state governments have refused to release an old man from prison. Varavara Rao, a 81 year old revolutionary poet, is in jail on the Bhima Koregaon case. Meanwhile, some inmates of that jail have died due to Covid-19. Prominent personalities of the country and abroad have become vocal in demanding the release of this revolutionary poet. As revolutionary student and youth organisations, we demand the release of Varavara Rao and all political prisoners around the world.

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the victory of the Dalits in the war against the upper caste Peshwas at Bhima Koregaon, Maharashtra, Hindutva forces yet again attacked the people and on 28 September 2018 Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha were arrested from Delhi, Pune, Faridabad, Mumbai, and Hyderabad on multiple charges. Later Shoma Sen, Anand Teltumbde, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson and many other social workers, lawyers, poets and professors were arrested as well. They were charged under various unconstitutional laws like Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), sedition and so on.

Also arrested was the 90 percent physically disabled Professor G N Saibaba, who is being held in the small ‘Anda Cell’ of the Nagpur Jail. The jail crucially does not have the infrastructure to keep someone in Saibaba’s condition. As a result, his physical condition is deteriorating day by day. The Indian state is also continuing to target the veteran Maoist theoretical leader Kobad Ghandy by conspiring to block his release from jail on new false charges despite him suffering from cancer.

On 28 May, poet Varavara Rao fell unconscious in jail. He was admitted to J J Hospital in Mumbai. Although his condition was just slightly stable, he was brought back to jail on 1 June. Varavara Rao’s family was not allowed to visit the hospital. They didn’t even get a chance to talk to the poet on the phone. In this situation, Varavara Rao’s wife applied for bail in the NIA court but that application was rejected. Although article 21 of the Indian Constitution guarantees the right to life even if a citizen is imprisoned. On June 26, the NIA court again rejected the bail plea of Varavara Rao regarding illness. Varavara Rao has since contracted Covid-19 which in his current condition could prove to be fatal.

We have seen that in India different national and local parties make different promises during elections, but there is little difference between them in terms of anti-people policies and anti-people laws like UAPA, sedition etc. Almost all parties have been using these laws to suppress dissent. However, in spite of this repressive policy of the state, the protests and movements of workers, peasants, students and social workers in different parts of India have not stopped. And this is why the ruling class fears even the elderly Varavara Rao, or the physically challenged Professor Saibaba. That is why they have to be kept in jail even during the coronavirus crisis.

In contrast to the increasingly fascistic old Indian state, at least 100 leading intellectuals in the world, such as Noam Chomsky, Homi K Bhabha, Partha Chatterjee and Gerald Horne have written letters to the President and Chief Justice of India demanding the release of Varavara Rao. 375 prominent personalities of India including Amol Palekar, Shabana Azmi, Shankha Ghosh, Aparna Sen, Kaushik Sen have written an open letter to the Central Government of India.

Meanwhile, recently 14 Indian MPs wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray requesting that the revolutionary poet Varavara Rao be transferred from Taloja Jail in to a hospital. Several inmates have already died of coronavirus in that jail. Officially, the number of Covid-19 confirmed cases in India is about half a million, more than 16,000 died. Almost every day new records of infections and deaths are being set.

The Indian government is putting at risk the lives of Varavara Rao and others, who have been detained in attempts to demobilise and demoralise the people. The Government of India will be held responsible for the death of Varavara Rao or if any of the other political prisoners are infected with the virus during their detention during the coronavirus crisis. We once again demand the Government of India to immediately release the revolutionary poet Varavara Rao and all other political prisoners.

When it comes to the issue of political prisoners in Manipur, there is a large number of people behind bars under draconian acts such as Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), National Security Act (NSA), and Sedition law. Anyone with a voice of dissent, raising his or her voice against the government, the state, people who are demanding their democratic right to self determination are put behind bars. To understand the gravity of the situation, we can cite some newspaper reports. A report published in 2015 in The Hindu, a reputed Indian newspaper, says “Manipur, which accounts to only 0.2 per cent of the country’s population, has registered nearly 65 per cent of cases under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, (UAPA). Out of the 975 cases of UAPA registered in the country in 2014, 630 are from the small north-eastern State of Manipur..” Another report in Times of India published this year indicates that the situation has slightly changed but the number of people charged under UAPA in Manipur still remains high. The report quoting Nation Crime Bureau Records tells us that in the year 2018, people charged under UAPA is 289 in Manipur, this number is higher than that of Kashmir for that year. Though Kashmir is known for state repression, Manipur has faced its own share.

In Manipur some of the Political Prisoners who are in prison, charged with the National Security Act (NSA) or under trial (not yet convicted):

  1. Moirangthem Ranapratap @ Paikhomba Meitei ,KCP, PWG (Marxist Centre). He is currently in Tihaar Central Jail, Delhi (still under trial)
  2. Khoirom Ranjit @ Rocky, Convenor, KCP, PWG (Marxist Centre). He is in Tihaar Central Jail, Delhi, right now. (still under trial)
  3. Sapamcha Kangleipal @ Chiranglen, Manipur Maoist. He is currently in Sajiwa Central Jail, Manipur.
  4. Moirangthem Inaocha @ Premananda, People’s Liberation Army. He is now incarcerated in Sajiwa Central Jail Manipur

In the last few years, hundreds of opposition leaders have gone missing in Bangladesh. Even under this Covid-19 crisis, the suppression of opposition views in Bangladesh has not been stopped. Political activists, including cartoonists, are being imprisoned for criticizing the government during the pandemic. Journalists are being thrown into jail for disclosing information about government irregularities and corruption. Journalist Kajal was abducted and later unjustly arrested and kept in jail.

The fascist Hasina-Awami government is strangling the masses of people with both the right steps not being taken to deal with Covid-19 and the continued repression of dissidents. In this case, the Hasina government is not at all different from the reactionary governments of other countries like the Modi government of India.

In Nepal, the repression of truly revolutionary forces has continued with comrade Uma Bhujel “Shilu” being re-arrested for the tenth time following a court release order. Uma Bhujel “Shilu” is a Central Committee member of the Biplab led Communist Party of Nepal.

The repression of dissident voices has also been seen among the imperialist nations. In Canada, the state’s genocidal policy against the Indigenous nations has intensified as resistance to capitalism and settler-colonialism has increased internally. Most recently this has been seen with the response and aftermath to the RCMP invasion of Wet’suwet’en territory in northern British Columbia. The state has been quick to attack and arrest those defending their lands or those active in the blockades called in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en nation in order to deal a blow to the Canadian state’s economy.




This is the list of participating groups:

  1. Revolutionary Student-Youth Movement/Bangladesh
  2. Revolutionary Student Movement/Canada
  3. Revolutionary Student Front/West Bengal (India)
  4. Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur
  5. All-Nepal National Independent Student Union (Revolutionary)
  6. All-Nepal National Independent Student Union (Revolutionary)
  7. Young Revolutionaries/France
  8. Jeunesse Debout/Canada


On Thursday, June 25, the 7 members of the Hants Revolutionary Study Group voted in a resolution to apply the Mandate of Revolutionary Student Movement (MER-RSM). Based on our understanding of the Mandate, and our shared principles of revolutionary Communism, we ask the Coordinating Committee to accept us as a formal MER-RSM section under the name of Revolutionary Student Movement – Nova Scotia-Mi’Kma’Ki (RSM – NS/MK).

We believe in the cause of bringing about proletarian revolution, and feel that the RSM offers a network of supportive comrades and organizers capable of guiding our small group in applying the Mass Line towards that horizon.

Our immediate goals are to begin reading sessions of the introductory course, conduct social investigation, and launch a Serve The People food program. In addition to our current Marxist book exchange. Through proper application of the Mass Line and propaganda campaigns, we hope to grow our ranks of educated and dedicated cadre, capable of inspiring others, and forming mass organizations to pull in the advanced and intermediate workers in our surrounding communities. It would be our eventual long-term goal to establish a PCR-RCP organizing committee to further establish a militant base here in the Maritimes.

Long live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism! People’s War until Communism!

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways;

the point, however, is to change it.”

An Enemy of the People in Vancouver

Known fascist, Donald Smith can regularly be seen in so-called “Vancouver” at pro-Indigenous and pro-LGBTQ2S events documenting attenders and offering fake interviews in order to doxx attenders to organizations such as the Soldiers of Odin and Proud Boys. Fascists such as Smith must be exposed to the people for the safety of the people. Smith is an enemy of all anti-fascists, LGBTQ2S and Indigenous activists and the people. Thus, fascists like Smith must be exposed!
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China Under the Covid-19 Epidemic

The following document has been sent to the RSM from an underground revolutionary communist organization in China.

In April 2020, although the epidemic in most countries has still not been effectively controlled, the epidemic in China has gradually stabilized. Hence in the recent period of time, the so-called “China achievements”, “China road”, “China model” and other terms began to clamor by the drummer of Chinese imperialism, but is it really the so-called “Chinese system” that lets China take the lead out of the epidemic? And, is it really the spirit of “serving the people” of the Chinese authorities that ended the epidemic more quickly? Indeed, the overcoming of the epidemic cannot be achieved without the command of the Chinese authorities, but can it be concluded from this that the Chinese system has advantages or that the ruling class of the imperialist China really serves the people?

No, never!

In order to overcome a major public safety emergency, what does a country need first? Is it a political system? Obviously not. Before these systems, at least there should be sufficient and mobilizable manpower and material resources. At present, China, as an emerging imperialist country, has abundant resources in its vast land; imperialist China has the most and best laborers in the world , and most of them have the simple patriotic sentiment and thus like a double-edged swords(Make them fooled by the bourgeoisie); thanks to the construction of the socialist era, imperialist China’s industrial output value also ranks first in the world, and there are all kinds of production lines for various materials. It is the support of strong material forces that will allow China to take the lead in getting out of the epidemic. In contrast, in the old imperialist countries like America etc, due to the capital ’s greed to rapidly multiply themselves, and because of the rate of surplus value of the old imperialist countries has seriously declined, capital has flowed into financial capital, which has led to large-scale deindustrialization, and manufacturing has been relocated abroad, How can the material power that can be mobilized in time be sufficient under these circumstances? China has not yet undergone large-scale deindustrialization, largely because China’s domestic labor is still cheap enough to support the capitalists’ high surplus value rate.

That there is enough material power to mobilize can only show that China is an emerging imperialist country, which is not so decayed compared with the old imperialist countries, and it can never explain anything else. Moreover, China’s better “anti-epidemic” performance is also based on the state monopoly bourgeoisie using the name of socialism to deceive the public and using the truncheons to brutally suppress the workers’ movement. Comparing the “good performance” on anti-epidemic of China with the “bad performance” of the old imperialist countries is actually the same as comparing the “good performance” of the revisionist Soviet Union in the Chernobyl nuclear accident with the “bad performance” of Japan in the Fukushima nuclear accident. Revisionist USSR’s “good performance” in the Chernobyl nuclear accident could not conceal the essence of his social imperialism. Similarly, the essence of china imperialism cannot be covered up by the “good performance” in anti-epidemic.

Can China’s political system be affirmed by China’s better performance in this epidemic? The answer is obviously no. From the beginning, the bourgeois bureaucrats punished the “whistler” of the epidemic as a rumor; later, as the epidemic continued to expand, they were only squeezing out a few words like “preventable and controllable”; time to tackle the epidemic, they colluded with some commercial capitalists like sewage and stench to monopolize the food supply to obtain excess profits when providing basic living materials to residents.Some people try to break the monopoly but they are caught by the police, some people try to protest, and then the community (the tentacles of the bourgeois bureaucracy reaching the grassroots level) retaliated against them by transporting vegetables in garbage trucks.

What has to be mentioned is that the local Red Cross in Hubei embezzled funds and materials, rejected public hospitals that lacked materials, and sent a lot of materials for the leaders and private hospital. These phenomena are so open and shameless that the masses of the people couldn’t stand it any longer. People spontaneously organized complete supply chains from manufacturers to hospitals, bypassing the Red Cross, and alleviating the urgent need from public hospitals. The spontaneous organization of the “anti-epidemic” behavior by the people is worthy of recognition, but this worthy behavior is recognized as illegal by the Hubei Red Cross and certain government departments. On the surface, it is said not favorable to unified management, but actuallyit is not favorable to take the bribe into the pockets of the bourgeois bureaucrats.

But there will still be people who are not convinced, saying China’s medical system has played an important role, this public medical system is also a China-specific system. Indeed, the public medical system left over during the socialist period has not completely disappeared, and public hospitals still play an important role. But the observation of the problem should not only focus on the present, but also the trend. Over the years, with the “deepening reform” or neo-liberalism retrogression of the Chinese imperialist authorities, everything is moving towards privatization, and the medical industry is no exception. The kind of “Putian” hospital (actually a kind of private hospital) that killed Wei Zexi has mushroomed over the years . In the mean time, public hospitals have been squeezed violently. Trying to bear the trust of the people, on the other hand, the funds have been cut year by year, and talents have been lost year by year. Many doctors in public hospitals are forced to go to private hospitals to make a living. But in this epidemic, private hospitals hardly played any positive role. In addition, social security such as medical treatment is not unique to the so-called “socialist China”. Britain has a National Service System (NHS), but no one thinks that Britain is a socialist country. People who think that China’s public medical system has played an important role, and therefore think that China is a socialist country obviously do not understand what socialism is.

Obviously, the earlier relief of the epidemic simply cannot prove the superiority of the Chinese imperialist political system. Using the earlier relief of the epidemic to show that the imperialist Chinese is fundamentally higher than other old imperialist countries is obviously very incorrect.

Then, Does the positive response of the imperialist Chinese authorities to the epidemic really stem from the idea of serving the people?

China’s relative advantage in combating epidemics is that it has an advantage as a global factory, which is essentially powerful on the relentless squeezing on workers. The purpose of authorities of the imperialist China to control the epidemic was not to “save the people against disaster “, but to maintain the capitalist production order. After all, if the workers were all ill, how would the bourgeoisie exploit the surplus value?

Moreover, before the epidemic had been alleviated, the Chinese imperialist bourgeoisie could not wait to increase the intensity of exploitation and oppression. The construction workers of Leishenshan hospital and Huoshenshan Hospitals, which have made great contributions to the fight against the epidemic, are not only being owed wages, but also be further squeezed in the name of food expenses in isolation, at the same time, the wages that have been owed have even been reduced to 1% of the original level by clever deductions. Some workers protested, but what was exchanged was nothing other than suppression, batons, interrogation, and detention; bonuses and other incomes for medical equipment factory workers were also canceled by their boss in the name of fighting the epidemic; the female doctors and nurses who worked hard to fight the epidemic were used as propaganda tools by the Chinese authorities to show a huge sacrifice, some female nurses were forced to shave their hair in tears, some female medical staff sent to the critical epidemic area are forced to give up the subsidies they deserve; on the one hand, a large amount of medical personnel uses the greatest efforts to fight the epidemic, but on the other hand, they can only get basic wages, even the basic wages are not complete.

Now, at the moment when the epidemic has just eased but has not completely subsided, the resumption of work and production, or the restoration of the capitalist production order, has been put on the agenda by the imperialist Chinese authorities. When promoting the resumption of work production, the imperialist Chinese authorities were extremely generous to the bourgeoisie, giving a lot of subsidies and low-interest loans or even interest-free loans, but did not provide the necessary subsidies to the workers in crisis. At most, it was a beggar-like payment of negligible money . A Chinese Marxist worker group recorded some facts: the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security(MOHRSS) of the authorities very brazenly declared that “enterprise can negotiate to reduce employee wages and arrears of wages”, “When production is suspended, the worker’s vacation will take up all annual leave”, and at the same time Infected with COVID-19 during work will not be counted as work injury and therefore cannot be compensated; Foxconn, a giant manufacturing group that has absorbed a lot of cheap labor, has cut out unquantifiable temporary workers in factories everywhere; an international enterprise group named Hisense was exposed to layoffs of tens of thousands of people; in Shenzhen, an ordinary takeaway worker was beaten by Chengguan (Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau Officers) for no reason, police violence is rampant; BYD, an automobile manufacturing giant, given the salary of 300 yuan per month to many employees, which is only enough for three days of food in China’s first or second tier cities. Finally, according to the analysis of private progressive intellectuals, China’s unemployment rate is nearly 20%.

The records of the Marxism worker group and the analysis of the progressive intellectuals prove that the working people are suffering unprecedented pain, the working people are suffering violent oppression, but the authorities are still concealing the difficulties suffered by the people, using repression and fake propaganda to create a harmonious scene that does not exist . The above facts can fully prove that the tyrannical giant of the monopoly bourgeoisie of the Chinese imperial authorities did not serve the people at all, but served the interests of the bourgeoisie.

In addition, it must be pointed out that the Chinese people first made a huge sacrifice in this epidemic. Because the virus is raging during the traditional Chinese Spring Festival, the medical equipment factory workers who were on vacation, some workers who built Huoshenshan hospital and Leishenshan hospital, doctors and courier delivery personnel and other uncountable laborers have given up their reuniting with family members, gave up their vacation, faced the risk of infection, and returned to their work. Other people who don’t need to resume work urgently follow the arrangement and stay at home for two months under the pressure of unemployment and salary cuts. It was the huge sacrifices made by the Chinese people that brought the epidemic situation under control. This is the organization brought by the simple patriotic sentiment of the Chinese people, which shows that the Chinese people can organize well. The sacrifices made by the Chinese people to control the epidemic are worthy of recognition, The organization shown by the Chinese people in the epidemic proves the huge revolutionary potential they possess.

When the simple patriotic sentiment of the Chinese people are transformed into the revolutionary spirit of the proletariat, the end of the imperialist China will come, the Chinese people with a glorious revolutionary tradition will stand up again and completely defeat the autocratic tyranny of the monopoly bourgeoisie! The Chinese revolutionaries will work together and joins the effort under the guidance of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, and will reach the masses continuously. Let the masses organize for the revolution and eventually drown the reactionaries in the vast ocean of the people’s war!

(Written by an underground MLM group in China)


















International Workers’ Day 2020

International Worker’s Day is a day to demonstrate and celebrate the power of the working class. The History of May Day and the significance of May 1st for the working class stems from the late 19th century. In 1886 in Chicago, a general strike began on the first of May for the eight-hour work day. An estimated 30,000-40,000 workers have been estimated to have been on strike and many had filled the streets to demand their labour rights. This general strike occurred on the same day in many cities in the United States and is a key moment in North American and global workers history. The strike, lasting many days, ended with a series of events that led to several injuries and deaths in Chicago, referred to as the Haymarket Affair. At the Second International in 1889, May 1st was chosen as the day to commemorate the Haymarket Affair which had began on May 1st, 1886.

On May 1st, proletarians globally unite in their common struggle for liberation. This often includes demonstrations, strikes, demands for the working class, and celebrations. This year, workers across the world will not necessarily be gathering in light of a serious global pandemic.

This pandemic has resulted in numerous deaths and injuries in Canada and world wide as the capitalist class flounders to maintain profit over basic needs during a capitalist economic crisis. As is typical with capitalist crises, as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on the Canadian economy, it is the working class that suffers the most.

Approach to the crisis

Capitalism is inherently unable to manage crises. The global capitalist economy functions to continually extract a surplus profit and wealth from the labour of the working class. Profit is prioritized over working class needs, wants, and rights and the working class is the majority of the global population. Preventative policy measures that would have prevented the crisis from spreading as much as it did, but that would have slowed down profits, stagnated under an inefficient system and infection rates surged.

Although capitalism has always been incredibly wasteful, food waste by producers has surged in a time of slowed economic growth. A planned economy opposes the nature of capitalism – to profit off of competition through the sale of commodities. If the commodities won’t be sold, it benefits capitalist firms’ profit to destroy or dispose of these resources rather than make them available to the public, as demand to pay for the commodities available would then decrease. Although food shortage is a worry during a pandemic, food stores currently available are being wasted in a completely inefficient system that doesn’t balance production with the needs of the population – but rather, multiple individual firms overproducing in competition for the same revenue market.

Exploitation of the workers

The workers deemed essential and that are mandated to continue working through a pandemic by the Canadian state largely consist of those paid the lowest wages and in the worst of conditions. Workers in the retail, food production, and food service industries are exposed to the general public daily without adequate protections. They are placed in danger by being denied necessary protective equipment and paid sick days. The failure to adequately provide for the needs of these essential workers will only exacerbate the pandemic, further spreading the virus. Despite being labelled as essential by the government in a time of crisis, many of these workers are paid less than a living wage. On the other hand, countless workers in shuttered industries have been laid off with corporations taking no responsibility for the workers they employ in a time of lowered profits. Yet the working class must still come up with the funds to pay for its basic needs. According to Statistics Canada, at least 3.3 million Canadians are either away from work or have had their hours reduced, while nearly one-fifth of businesses have laid off 80% or more of their workers.

Our reality under the capitalist Canadian state can be understood according to the “division of labour,” wherein the effort to maximize profit and create phoney antagonisms within the working class is active. Workers who perform more “menial” forms of labour are given less value than their fellow workers who deal with a product in its final stages of transformation. This latter section of workers can develop into a “labour aristocracy.” The division of labour is thereby broadened and the bourgeoisie tries to deceive that section of the working class into believing that they share right-wing interests in the imperial core. A common turn of phrase in state media to mask wage exploitation is to call the lowest paid “essential” workers frontline heroes while the bourgeoisie and petit bourgeoisie refuse to help them limit transmission of the virus to their families once they come home or provide any other significant changes. Among grocery workers and clerks, we have seen that Personal Support Workers (PSWs) who are in constant contact with immunocompromised people are not given proper PPE, and subsequently, are forced to expose themselves and those under their care to the virus. We also can see this occur on-site in hospitals across the country among doctors, nurses, custodians and so on.

Response by the government

One response by the government has been to institute the insufficient and unnecessarily exclusive Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The only purpose of CERB is to keep the exploited classes alive so that they can still be exploited later, but even so it cannot be accessed by undocumented, non-status, and many seasonal workers – workers who’ve earned less than $5,000 in the last year, post-secondary students, and workers who are unemployed or who have reduced hours. Considering the majority of Canadians prior to the pandemic were living on a paycheck-to-paycheck basis, many will be forced further into poverty.  Post-secondary students and recent graduates have been promised by PM Trudeau a taxable benefit similar to the CERB, little additional funding for students with disabilities. The Canadian state aims to incentivize them with a grant that rewards them for volunteer work they perform that helps relieve the effects of COVID-19 on their communities. This is a great example of how the state is tricking the students into associating mutual aid with patriotism and not class solidarity.

Certain provincial governments have also used the pandemic as an excuse to further implement their austerity agenda. The premier of Manitoba, for example, asked post-secondary educational institutions to cut their budgets by 30% in order to free up funds to address the pandemic, despite having also slashed the healthcare budget in previous years and orchestrating the closure of many emergency rooms.

Although the pandemic is not yet under control, some in the government are prematurely calling for an end to the pandemic emergency measures. They seek to grease the gears of the Canadian economy with the blood of the working classes’ most vulnerable members by risking a second wave of COVID-19 infections for fear that the profits of their capitalist benefactors will be further reduced.

Resistance & solidarity in an unprecedented time

Workers have shown their solidarity and strength through organizing to address their collective needs in a time of major crisis. By largely moving towards online forms of discussion for safety purposes, the working class in Canada has engaged in establishing mutual aid networks (some with explicit revolutionary character), discussing the possibility of rent strikes, and distributing propaganda and literature. It is evident that the working class recognizes that solidarity and unity are its source of strength.

Certain sections of the masses have also responded to the pandemic in ways that are backwards or reactionary. There have been protests calling for the reopening of the economy on the basis of the harmful economic effects related to the pandemic lockdown. These protests are misguided, since the damage to the economy is due not to the lockdown itself, which consists largely of necessary measures to prevent the spread of the virus, but due to inefficiencies inherent to a capitalist economy. The hardships that these mostly petty-bourgeois or labour aristocratic masses face are real, but the measures that they propose would only result in more death and hardship. Even worse, some few individuals have been misled by fascist propaganda, spreading false and racist conspiracy theories about the cause of the virus, or even whether it truly exists at all. In the US, far-right anti-vaccination groups have staged demonstrations against the pandemic lockdown, while in Europe cell phone towers have been sabotaged by those who wrongly think that COVID-19 is caused by the installation of 5G towers.

Faced with the myriad contradictory ideas of the masses, the role of revolutionary communists is to apply the mass line, working to strengthen the organizational and political unity of the working classes, and bring them in direct confrontation with their capitalist enemies.

In our context this means:

  • Understanding the struggles and demands of the proletariat, applying a mass line analysis, and consolidating these demands into actionable forms of mass work to advance proletarian interests.
  • Generating proletarian propaganda to combat capitalist and reactionary news outlets.
  • Organizing strong tenants unions to wield rent strikes against landlords.
  • Encouraging mutual aid (but preventing its degeneration into mere bourgeois charity) by revealing the failure of the capitalist system to provide for the needs of the working class, and using mutual aid networks to build further resistance.
  • Isolating and exposing as harmful those sections of the masses who call for unsafe premature opening of the economy.
  • Combating those who seek to mislead the masses.


Revolutionary Communist Party

Committee for Maoist Unity in Quebec

Revolutionary Student Movement

image of a house's front entrance, above the walkway is a white banner that reads "rent strike" in black spraypaint. On one of the columns near the entryway there is a red sign which is unreadable from this distance

The Coronavirus, the Depression, and the Condition of the Working Class

The Canadian state and its entire imperialist project is in a general state of crisis. While this crisis may have been accelerated by the current Coronavirus pandemic, its root lies in the capitalist system itself of which Engels, one of the greatest leaders the working-class has ever produced, said “In every crisis, society is suffocated beneath the weight of its own productive forces and products, which it cannot use, and stands helpless, face-to-face with the absurd contradiction that the producers have nothing to consume, because consumers are wanting.” While the Imperialist ruling class attempts to lie and frame this crisis as entirely the consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic, the truth is this crisis, like all others, is rooted in capitalism’s tendency toward overproduction. Capitalism had just exited its last global crisis of 2008, as the current crisis hit proving Engels’ thesis that “[capitalism’s] economic bankruptcy recurs regularly every 10 years.” Even the capitalists’ own economists have been predicting a depression for months showing the hollowness of the capitalists’ lie that the virus is the root of the crisis.

This crisis is bound to be deeper and more widespread than the last major crisis that began in 2008 with the unemployment rate more than doubling itself from before the crisis as 1.5 million workers have already been laid off. There is no doubt that the Coronavirus is a serious issue for the working-people of the world, but we as revolutionary youth and students must recognise that our enemies remain the same: Capitalism, Imperialism, and Settler-Colonialism and not be blinded by the lies of the ruling-class that we must unite as one regardless of class against the virus as has been discussed in the Revolutionary Communist Party’s statement on the virus.

Working-class students are being affected especially hard by this crisis. While many schools were slow to respond to the spread of the Coronavirus initially, every major university across the country has now closed its doors and moved classes online. While these actions have undeniably helped curb the spread of the virus, they have also severely disadvantaged working-class students many of whom have already been struggling to afford the cost of tuition. While most students from capitalist backgrounds are easily able to make do with this change, many working-class students are struggling with these changes. The sudden shift to online classes leaves those working-class students who may not have access to computers at home or internet connections sufficient for the online transition in a very difficult place where they will be forced to pay more than they can afford for their already overpriced tuition. The transition to online classes has also been accompanied by a drop in the quality of education widening the already massive gap between students and teachers. Many schools have even realised that the quality of education has dropped massively and have offered academic concessions such as pass/fail options on grades and late withdrawal from courses. However, these concessions do not go far enough for the working-class.

The most obvious effect of this depression that most workers are facing are the massive layoffs and cut hours. This affects the working-class’ ability to afford basic necessities like food and housing and is the root of many of the issues working-class youth and students are facing during this crisis. The state is trying heavily to portray this as the result of the virus alone while hiding the truth of the matter which is that the closing of the job market and the current economic depression are both necessary results of the capitalist system. While capitalist students may take a small hit in not being able to find a job immediately, they will not be affected as intensely as the workers whose chance at even finding menial labour has now been shut off almost completely. The old state’s attempts to provide aid have been complete failures with as many as 700, 000 workers being ineligible for EI benefits or the newly announced federal emergency funding with working-class students especially being ignored as their interests have not even been addressed by the federal government.

Working-class students have also seen their housing come under attack. Some university residences have forced students out of their homes entirely. The University of Concordia’s response has been especially bad issuing an eviction notice to students with just four days-notice. Working-class students living off campus are facing housing difficulties as well as many workers are unable to pay their rent due to mass lay-offs. Many working-class students live paycheque-to-paycheque to begin with and with the loss of hours many are unable to pay their rent leading to a large amount of evictions. The old state has been slow to respond to this national housing crisis and in many provinces such as Ontario the old state has explicitly sided with the landlords in order to ease evictions. In B.C., a province led by the NDP-Green government, the old state failed to offer any aid for April with Premier John Horgan saying of the minimal housing aid passed by the government that “We can’t guarantee it will be in their pockets by April 1, [Tenants] have a relationship with your landlord. Let’s hope that they’re good relationships, and you’re going to have to find a way to work this out together.” While landlords and capitalists have their housing secure during this crisis the working-class are being forced to fend for themselves as the old state makes its position clear as an organ of class warfare against the workers.

Students graduating this year will be graduating into an economic depression. This will exacerbate the already bad situation that exists for working-class students in Canada which can be read about in greater detail in our political report or the student section in the Partisan’s electoral boycott issue. Businesses across the country are closing their doors and the old state’s slow response means that many graduating working-class students will be left jobless and without any source of income. While students coming from capitalist backgrounds will largely be fine during this depression and can rely on their families and the aid of the old state, the same is not true of working-class students who have nowhere to turn.

As a result of the mass closure of businesses, many students’ who require placements and coop programmes are unable to obtain their required hours. Some programmes designed for more capitalist or professional students that allow work from home are still available but for many working-class students especially those attending technical schools and colleges this is not an option and they are being left stranded with no way to go forward as a result.

The old state will never stand up for the workers against the capitalists, it is up to working-class organisations like the Revolutionary Student Movement to agitate, educate, and organise the working-class especially at times of crisis. Around the country working-class youth and students are clamouring for action. For this reason, the Revolutionary Student Movement is calling for the organisation toward full tuition refunds for this past semester. Working-class students are not getting what they have already overpaid for and the universities are not providing for the fact that many working-class students are unable to keep up with the drastic changes resulting from the online transition. Working-class students must fight for full refunds in the face of being overlooked by the universities. The Revolutionary Student Movement must also recognise that the struggle against landlords has quickly become one of the working-class’ main concerns and join in this struggle to organise working-class tenants into unions and toward rent strikes.




Solidarity with SFI, Oppose BJP-RSS Fascist’s Violence Against Students

On January 5, 2020, students and some faculty from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India were brutally attacked by armed assailants belonging to Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a far-right student organization affiliated to the fascist and Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The students and faculty of the university have been protesting against fee hikes for months and have been prominent in opposition to the far-right BJP-RSS government’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The CAA is a recent law passed by the Indian parliament which creates a path to citizenship for refugees from neighboring countries, so long as they are not muslim. It represents a continuation of ongoing efforts to repress the minority Muslim population and transform India into a Hindu nation. In passing this law and mobilizing fascist paramilitaries to brutally repressing any opposition, the Indian state further pulls back the false veil of liberal democracy, to reveal itself as a fascist state which depends on Hindu nationalism to defend and strengthen the Indian ruling classes.

The Revolutionary Student Movement stands in solidarity with the Student Federation of India (SFI), the student affiliate of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), and especially with comrade Aishe Ghosh of SFI, one of many that were seriously injured during the attacks by the ABVP. These attacks expose the fear of ruling class and righteousness of the struggles of those they exploit and oppress. However, the BJP government cannot defeat the revolutionary movement by these or any other means, as the the more brutality they use, and the wider the sections of Indian society they attack, the more isolated the government will become and the greater and more numerous will be the resistance.

This has been proven in India already in the heroic resistance of the Naxalite movement to the genocidal Operation Greenhunt, which has sought to surround the red base areas and exterminate their base of support. By improving their organization and training the masses in Marxist-Leninist-Maoist ideology and in the armed struggle, the Revolutionary Communist movement in India in the last few years only grown. We therefore call for the students of SFI to align themselves with the Naxalite movement. Nothing could more make the Indian ruling class tremble than unity between the workers and students struggling in the cities, and the oppressed nations and peasantry struggling in the countryside. Facing the united working classes of India, organized and armed, the fascist BJP-RSS could not hope to win.

Solidarity with the Student Federation of India!
Oppose BJP and Hindu fascism!
Support the Indian Revolutionary War!

The Revolutionary Student Movement upholds and supports the RCP’s expulsion of abusers and their apologists

Recently the rapist Brendan Copegog White and his apologist Dimka Melnik were expelled from the Revolutionary Communist Party of Canada. Each had abused their influential positions to engage in manipulative or violent patriarchal behaviour. While Brendan sexually assaulted and subsequently harassed a member of the former RSM-Carleton, Dimka worked to cover up the assault to protect Brendan from accountability, and used his position as Chairperson of the Coordinating Committee of the RSM to isolate, slander and attack the survivor.

Though Dimka’s coverup was eventually discovered and a thorough investigation conducted, the RSM still betrayed the survivor and RSM-Carleton by failing to immediately begin an independent investigation, instead taking Dimka at their word, even knowing about their social connection to Brendan and their past failure to correctly handle instances of patriarchal violence on the left. The result was the further isolation of the survivor and the dissolution of RSM-Carleton as an RSM section.

There is sufficient evidence to conclude that the accusations against Brendan are credible, such that any attempt to defend or protect Brendan is rape apologism, and incompatible with membership in any revolutionary organization. Brendan and those who support him should be excluded from any revolutionary organizing space, and any other space, depending on the revolutionary movements ability to enforce their exclusion and justify it to the masses.

The RSM therefore upholds and supports the expulsion of Brendan and Dimka from the Party. Further, it expresses solidarity with the survivor and commits to aiding them with combating Brendan and his supporters attempts to silence and intimidate them in any way that it is able.

– Coordinating Committee of the Revolutionary Student Movement