September 1923 Inprekorr, iii, 149, p. 1285, 21 September 1923


Events in Bulgaria have happened just as the Comintern predicted the day after the white insurrection of 9 [8] June. The waiting attitude incorrectly adopted by the leaders of the Bulgarian Communist Party was utilized by the bandits who have rallied round Tsankov to consolidate their positions before passing to the offensive.

On 12 September, on the pretext that the communists were allegedly planning a coup d'etat, Tsankov's gang arrested thousands of communists, including nearly all the responsible officials of the party. All communist newspapers were suppressed, all party trade union institutions destroyed.

Tsankov's Government is spreading the lying report that compromising correspondence with Moscow was found on comrade Kabakchiev and other leading party officials who were arrested, as well as letters from Comintern officials.

The arrested leaders were declared to be hostages, who would be shot should any revolutionary movement break out.

The Executive of the Comintern declares that all the reports about the letters, about a conspiracy, and the rest are a malicious provocation. Tsankov's Government, which is losing ground every day, is forced to take this slippery path; it is doomed to destruction, and this new provocation against the communists will only accelerate its decline. Tsankov's gang is looking for an excuse to take proceedings against the leaders of the Bulgarian proletariat. Let Tsankov and all his ministers and his eminent lackeys remember that they will have to answer to the Bulgarian workers and peasants and to the international proletariat for all their misdeeds. Let Tsankov and his ministers and the gang leaders who support his party bear in mind that they will have to answer to the Bulgarian workers for the lives of the leaders of the Bulgarian proletarian movement. Not a drop of the blood they shed will be forgiven them when the day of reckoning comes. Bulgarian reaction may rage, but its days are numbered. The yellow Bulgarian social-democrats, some of whom tried especially hard to prove by example that there is no baseness of which the parties of the Second International are not capable, may creep whimpering in the dust before the Bulgarian fascists—the alliance of the working class and the peasantry in a country like Bulgaria will, the moment it is formed, be unconquerable. The tactics of the present criminal Government will help to bring this alliance about quickly.

The Comintern sends fraternal greetings to the workers and peasants of Bulgaria in their hour of severe affliction. They must answer Tsankov's provocative policy by closing their ranks, by organizing illegal groups throughout the country, by mass agitation among thousands and millions of workers, and, when the moment comes, by forming a workers' and peasants' government.



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