AGAINST IMPERIALIST INTERVENTION IN CHINA
27 March 1927 Inprekorr, vii, 34, p. 725, 29 March 1927
A great and inhuman crime has been committed. 'Civilized' barbarians, with the English and American imperialists at their head, have by long-range bombardment destroyed and annihilated Nanking, one of the principal cities of the Chinese republic. The working-class districts have been flattened out, the corpses heaped mountain high. Some thousands of peaceful Nanking citizens have been shot... all because the latest victories of the Chinese revolution endangered imperialist rule in China. The Anglo-American command has sought to justify this monstrous crime organized by the imperialist marauders by the most barefaced lies. The executioners of the Chinese people who wear the uniform of so-called civilized Powers are circulating the contemptible and provocative story of attacks by the revolutionary troops on foreigners, the demolition of foreign consulates, etc.
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They know only too well that it was the retreating Shantung troops, the allies of foreign counter-revolution, China's native executioners, who lost their heads and fired the shots. But they need this dirty and bloody story to cover their own outrages and to justify in advance the outrages they intend to commit.
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The English Conservatives, who were negotiating with Canton, have at one stroke thrown off the mask of sham piety and hypocrisy and again exposed themselves to all workers, and particularly to the Chinese people, as ruthless robbers.
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The United States, which was flirting with the national movement, making advances to the Chinese revolution, suddenly laid aside the rosy veil and demonstrated its military prowess by mass murder, by demolishing and plundering Chinese cities.
We must look the truth in the face. England and America have started a war against the Chinese people.
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The hypocritical lies of the bourgeoisie and socialdemocrats that the imperialist troops were sent to China 'to protect women and children' are now exposed in all their repulsiveness. The imperialist troops were sent to China to protect the profits of the imperialists, to strangle the Chinese revolution.
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The Executive Committee of the Communist International calls on all workers, on all labouring people, all enemies of imperialist violence, all the oppressed to raise the banner of protest against this new executioners' war. ... It calls on all the colonial and oppressed peoples of the world to make their decisive protest against imperialist violence in China.
It appeals to workers' organizations throughout the world to fight vigorously against this new war.
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Comrades, ten years ago the international bourgeoisie, led by England, tried to overthrow the workers' government in former Tsarist Russia.
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Now, ten years later, the Chinese people have risen, and international capital, led by England and America, is out to crush them. These 'Christians' may slaughter thousands and ten of thousands, but they cannot strangle a people of 500 million who have raised the banner of freedom.