Published: Klassekampen’s International Bulletin, journal of the Workers’ Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist) of Norway
Reprinted: North America News Service, July 16-29, 1973.
Transcription, Editing and Markup: Paul Saba
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The first Congress of the WCP elected the Central Committee of the party. The elections had been thoroughly prepared in the local branches. A large number of candidates had been nominated and evaluated in the local branches before the Congress. The nominations aimed at: 1) keeping the best of a nucleus of comrades that for several years have been the vanguard in the party-building, 2) electing a majority of members from the working class, 3) increasing the number of women to at least one third, and 4) securing a broad representative, of the districts. The Congress fulfilled this task–more than one half of the members of the Central Committee are organised in the Norwegian Federation of Labour.
At the first plenary session of the Central Committee Sigurd Allern was elected chairman.
Only nine of the Central Committee members have been made public. The reason for this is the surveillance the Norwegian state is carrying out against marxist-leninists and other progressives.
On the basis of this registration the secret police may if necessary, act to protect the ruling class. Such records may get comrades into difficulties with their employers, the state and other authorities immediately. Strategically the consequences may be far graver. The revolutionaries of the Norwegian “Communist” Party experienced this during the last war. As a result of their disastrous protective policy, almost the entire Central Committee was executed in the course of one week by the German imperialists. History is full of similar examples. We must learn from these experiences.