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Socialist Appeal, 11 August 1939

A Victory for Fourth Int’l in Indo-China

(May 1939)

From Socialist Appeal, Vol. III No. 58, 11 August 1939, p. 4.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.


Dear Comrade Trotsky:

You must be acquainted with the results of the colonial elections of last April 30 in Cochin-chine (Cochin-China). Despite the shameful coalition of the bourgeoisie of all types and the Stalinists, we have won a shining victory ...

We went to battle, the flag of the Fourth International widely unfurled. Our victory is one of all the Fourth over the bourgeoisie, naturally, but above all, over their social-democratic and Stalinist agents. We have faith in the final victory of the proletariat, that is, in the victory of the Fourth International.

This faith you have imparted to us. Today, more than ever, we understand the importance not only of the program of the Fourth International, but also of your struggle of 1925-28 against the theory and practice of socialism in one country, of your struggle against the peasants’ international, the anti-imperialist league and other show committees, Amsterdam-Pleyel and others.

In these days of hope engendered by our recent victory, we think of you, of the moral and physical sufferings that you and your comrade have endured. We want to say to you

that even in this remote corner of the Far East, in this backward country, you have friends who agree with you, comrades who struggle for that to which you have devoted your life, for socialism, for communism!

May 18, 1939

Our affectionate, Bolshevik-Leninist salutations.
and the group La Lutte


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