FROM THE PRESIDIUM OF THE ECCI AND THE RILU BUREAU
TO THE IFTU AND THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL PROPOSING
JOINT MEASURES IN SUPPORT OF THE ITALIAN PROLETARIAT
15 January 1923
Inprekorr, iii, 17, p. 124, 26 January 1923
You are aware of the present tragic situation of the Italian proletariat. With fire and sword fascism is annihilating the workers' organizations, killing hundreds of Italy's proletariat. The Italian working class is being defeated in the struggle against the black reaction unloosed against it. If the international proletariat, regardless of political affiliation, does not get down to work and take energetic steps against the
fascist monster, the Italian proletariat will be bled white. The Communist International and the Red International of Labour Unions propose a joint examination with your representatives of practical measures of struggle against the fascist bandits, and the working out of a series of practical steps to help our Italian brothers in their struggle against reaction. We ask you to form jointly with us an international committee of action which will appeal to all workers' organizations of all tendencies throughout the world to take part in the struggle against fascism. If the workers of all countries do not break the power of fascist reaction in Italy, they will themselves fall victims
to the fascism of their own countries which is already raising its head everywhere.
We are prepared to accept in advance all your proposals designed to fight Italian fascism and to help the Italian proletariat in its struggle for freedom from black reaction.