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Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)

From “Documents of the Fifth Consultative Conference of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) Nov. 11-13, 1977”

Message of the Association of Eritrean Students in North America To the Closing Rally of the Fifth Consultative Conference of CPC(M-L), November 13, 1977, Montreal


We are glad to participate in this revolutionary rally sponsored by the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist).

Comrades and friends,

Today, we have before us a world eaten up by sharp class contradictions, an irreconcilable contradiction on the world plane being resolved by the revolutionary proletariat and the oppressed nations and peoples in a revolutionary way. We are witnessing a life-and-death battle between the forces of socialism and the forces of imperialism. The forces of revolution and counter-revolution are locked in fierce class struggle to decide the course of history.

The reactionaries of all hues are, in desperate and frantic moves, designing numerous counter-revolutionary plots to put out the revolutionary flame and to put the revolutionary forces off guard. The enemies of the oppressed peoples are using all sorts of methods and manoeuvres, sheer force, deception and demagogy to weaken the socialist countries, to disperse the proletariat and to crush the national liberation movements, to subvert and crush the worldwide proletarian revolution.

But the situation is favourable for the revolutionary forces. A revolutionary situation prevails in the world today. The revolutionary forces have become ever vigilant and are intensifying their struggle. The socialist countries, the revolutionary struggle of the proletariat in the capitalist countries and the national liberation struggles in Asia, Africa and Latin America constitute the mighty revolutionary torrent that is dealing death blows to imperialism and all reaction.

The oppressed peoples are engaged in the practical, day-to-day task: the task of making revolution. Revolution is the watchword today. The concrete reality in the world today attests to Chairman Mao’s profound thesis that “Revolution is the main trend in the world today.” Thus, a great revolutionary situation is unfolding throughout the world. Everywhere the oppressed masses are rising up in storm-like revolution against imperialism and all reaction and for independence and socialism.

The socialist countries are building socialism, consolidating the dictatorship of the proletariat and fulfilling their proletarian internationalist duty. The struggle of the proletariat in the capitalist countries is surging forward. The numerous and continuous strikes, protests and demonstrations of the workers are striking terror at monopoly capital. The working class, led by its vanguard parties armed with invincible Marxism-Leninism, is raising its class consciousness and is clearing the path for the inauguration of the proletarian socialist revolution. In Canada, the U.S., France, Britain and other capitalist countries, the proletariat is waging a courageous struggle against the political oppression and economic exploitation of the bourgeoisie and for socialism. In the dependent countries, in the vast areas of Asia, Africa and Latin America, the national liberation movements have intensified their struggle against imperialism and its lackies. The situation in Zimbabwe, Azania, Namibia, Sahara, Eritrea, Palestine, Oman, East Timor, Philippines, Thailand, Chile, Puerto Rico and other countries is vividly witnessing imperialism being annihilated, being severely hit at its weakest links.

The situation in our country, Eritrea, is a concrete aspect of the general, a part of the whole, of the world-wide proletarian revolutionary struggle. The sixteen-year-old armed national liberation struggle of the Eritrean people is scoring unprecedented victories in each and every aspect of the revolutionary struggle. Led by the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front, our valiant masses fully mobilized, organized and armed, are carrying the revolutionary struggle forward at full speed. The Ethiopian fascist junta, armed to the teeth by the U.S. and the Soviet Union and its troops trained by Cuba and Israel is making a desperate attempt to crush our revolution and to continue its occupation of our country. But our entire people with the exception of a few traitors have risen up like one man saying No! to Ethiopian occupation. Our struggling people, led by the EPLF, are daily foiling the machinations against their just, popular and revolutionary struggle. In this year alone, through the implementation of its correct slogan “Destroy the Enemy with his own Guns and Bullets!” the EPLF has captured over 12,000 light and heavy weapons including U.S.M-41 tanks, Soviet T-54 tanks and East German armoured cars from the Ethiopian aggressors. The great majority of the People’s Army and the entire People’s Militia are now armed with the weapons captured from the Ethiopian fascists. And with the weapons captured, the Eritrean People’s Liberation Army (the EPLF’s army), and our heroic masses are smashing the aggressor troops in battle after battle. 95% of our country is now liberated. Only a few cities remain in the hands of the Ethiopian occupationists and even these are under constant forceful attacks by the liberation forces. Our liberated areas have extensively been enlarged and solidly consolidated. In the liberated areas a profound social transformation is taking place, the oppressed masses are establishing people’s democratic power and a self-reliant and independent economy is being reconstructed and developed. A new man, a conscious man is being created. The new people’s democratic republic of Eritrea is being born. Ethiopian occupation is crumbling and our people’s struggle is on the verge of complete victory.

Thus, the concrete conditions in our country attest to the fact that the revolutionary struggle is on the rise world-wide, that the forces of national liberation and the revolutionary proletariat, the forces of socialism are triumphing over the forces of imperialism and all reactionaries.