Tuesday, May 18, 2021

KKE and PAME express solidarity with the people of Colombia

The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) have expressed their solidarity with the working class and the people of Colombia who are mobilizing against the anti-popular policies of the conservative Duque government. 

In a statement issued on 12 May, the International Relations Section of the CC of the KKE points out:

"The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) expresses its solidarity with the struggle of the working class, the poor farmers, the youth, and the women of Colombia against the anti-popular measures of the reactionary government of Iván Duque. The government promotes the interests of local monopolies against the Colombian people, forges alliances with the USA in the imperialist plans against other peoples in the region, and essentially cooperates with paramilitary groups that have murdered hundreds of grass-roots fighters in the past years.

The fact that the government was forced to withdraw the bill that provided for tax increases for the people under the weight of the strikes and the mass people’s demonstrations is evidence of the power of class struggle, the capability of the people to hinder the barbaric attack of the capital.

We unequivocally denounce the bourgeois state repression and violence that led to the death of dozens of demonstrators in the past days. We express our condolences to the families and friends of the victims and demand that the murderers are punished.

We particularly express our solidarity with the Colombian Communist Party, which, facing difficult circumstances, is at the forefront of the struggles to defend the life and the rights of the people. The KKE and the labour–people’s movement in our country stand by the side of the Colombian people and their just struggle; a fact that was also expressed at the strike rallies for Labour Day.

Proletarians of all countries unite!"

PAME: Solidarity with the workers of Colombia 

In a statement issued today, 18 May, the All-Workers Militant Front stresses out that according to the latest data published by Colombia's Trade Unions, around 50 protesters have been killed, more than 1,600 have been injured and over 1,000 have been arrested during the last period of nationwide demonstrations. 

At the same time PAME adds that "such a situation has been desired by the European Union and Europe's governments which escalate violence and repression against workers, criminalize demonstrations and mobilizations, while they abolish trade unionist rights and freedoms, such as the right to Strike".

"The governments of the capital in all over the world are taking measures in order to protect the competitiveness and profitability of the big business groups. The attack against labour rights goes hand by hand with the sharpening of repression and authoritarianism", reads the PAME statement. 

"Against the violence and repression of the employees and the state, the workers have the weapons of organization, of the collective, class struggle and internationalist solidarity. PAME expresses its solidarity with the struggles of the workers of Colombia".