From Workers’ International News, Vol.3 No.5, May 1940, p.12.
Transcribed by Ted Crawford.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.
The United Press recently carried the following dispatch from Brussels:
“The Cabinet, which met unexpectedly today, was reported to have discussed means of strengthening legislation against persons disturbing internal order. It was believed that the Cabinet was anxious to suppress the activities of communist agitators who, it was alleged, recently provoked strikes, especially among coal miners”.
The most recent strikes among Belgian miners were those of the Levant de Flenu company in the Borinage region, the traditional stronghold of our Belgian comrades, the Revolutionary- Socialist Party (PSR) Several months ago it was reported that the party’s legal organ La Lutte Ouvriere had been suppressed and had made its reappearance under the title L’Action Socialiste. The paper had to change from the mining region to Brussels. It is consequently safe to assume that the Cabinet action is directed against our Belgian miner comrades.
Despite all previous attempts to drive them underground, our comrades have shown a remarkable ability to readjust themselves under fire. Their deep roots among the Borinage proletariat have assured the continuity of their work. If their past performance is any indication, they will be able with the aid of their following in the pits to overcome even these latest moves of the government. Their heroic resistance to the war preparations of Belgian capitalism is an example of the vitality of the Fourth International under increasingly difficult conditions.
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