May First, 2013

Portuguese Section of the Comintern (SH) – Report of the May Day Demonstration


On May Day, 2013, in the afternoon, the Portuguese Section of the Comintern (SH) participated in the demonstration that took place in Lisbon. The political-economic-social context in which the demonstration occurred can justly be described as explosive. Portugal is under the neo-colonial rule of the fascist IMF and of the ultra-reactionary EU which are instruments used by world capitalist-imperialist oligarchs to further oppress and exploit workers and proletarians all over the world. Unemployment, poverty, mass emigration and all kinds of evils are reaching unprecedented catastrophic dimensions within the country, with all the consequences that we had already explained in the May Day message of the Portuguese Section of the Comintern (SH).

When we arrived at the city’s square where the demonstration begun, we immediately noticed the heavy presence of the Portuguese revisionists with all their opportunist placards and slogans. It is sad to say that they were everywhere. In truth, we should not be surprised, as this May Day demonstration was called by the GCPW, the country’s major trade-union which is also completely controlled by the P “C” P, an ultra-opportunist party of the Khrushchevist type whose only purpose is to keep Portuguese laborers away from Marxism-Leninism-Stalinism-Hoxhaism and from authentic socialism and communism. Unfortunately, since the beginning of the current capitalist crisis, the number of supporters of the Portuguese revisionists has been increasing in a frightful manner. It is not an exaggeration to affirm that Portuguese revisionists are actively planning their social-fascist ascension to power and for this they seduce and mislead Portuguese oppressed masses with their false “red” and “communist” masks and phraseology. Indeed, P “C” P’s and GCPW’s fake “appeals” to May Day are solely intended at using this crucial historical workers’ date to spread their reformist bourgeois slogans which aim at implementing an utopian “tamed capitalism” under which class struggle would cease and capitalist state’s class character would be carefully hidden behind fake “socialistic” facades.

As happened also in other previous demonstrations, one of the main slogans of the revisionists was: “This government must go!” All their speeches were centered on this reformist demand. As if a mere government change within the boundaries of the bourgeois-capitalist order could change anything. Of course, their only goal with this is to deviate workers’ and proletarians’ attention and struggles from genuinely socialist and communist purposes. In fact, these are some of revisionists’ main aims.

At the demonstration, there were also numerous groups of anarchist-liberal-reformist tendencies of the “15th October movement” type which shouted things like “IMF - out of here!”, “The rich must pay the debt!”, “The banks are getting wealthier while we are getting poorer!” and “Spain, Greece, Ireland, Portugal – our struggle is international!” But despite the apparent correctness of their slogans, these groups are fabricated by the exploiting classes in general and by the bourgeoisie in particular to serve as scapegoats for toilers’ legitimate grievances, thus directing them towards very convenient targets and encouraging them to join these kinds of “radical movements” whose class nature and objectives are entirely pro-capitalist and whose aim is to prevent working and exploited classes from recognizing and embracing Marxism-Leninism-Stalinism-Hoxhaism and the Comintern (SH) as the only truly revolutionary, proletarian and communist ideology and organization. In truth, despite their phony “radical leftist” phraseology, these kinds of reformist organizations refuse things like proletarian dictatorship and socialist construction based on the teachings of the 5 Classics of Marxism-Leninism, which they consider to be absolute anathemas. At this point, we like to say that we are glad and proud that we displayed the Comintern’s (SH) flag at the demonstration, because in this manner we drew our principled demarcation-line against all types of opportunists, revisionists and anti-communists, be they explicit or “hidden”.

But besides this, in the demonstration there were also many groups of pensioners, students and also unemployed who were protesting against their miserable life conditions. They screamed: “No work, no future!”, “Unemployment is destitution!” and “With temporary jobs, there is no freedom!” As we feel a deep sympathy towards unemployed, we decided to join them and to also shout their slogans. After all, the unemployed are among the most oppressed groups under capitalism, and many of them are living in unspeakable conditions without any kind of income and subjected to the most savage exploitation. Indeed, most of unemployed are so desperate that they are ready to accept virtually any job, regardless of salary and work conditions. Consequently, Portuguese exploiters see this immense army of unemployed as a business opportunity, and they use them literally as slaves who endure the harshest “temporary contracts” in which capitalists are free to hire and dismiss them at any time, without any justification or compensation. And this does not affect only those who are unemployed. Even those who thought to have a supposedly “safe job” are being subjected to these kinds of “temporary contracts” under permanent risk of being fired at any moment. In the meantime, these impoverished workers are denied access to the most basic necessities (feeding, housing, education, healthcare, etc.) due to the infamous “austerity cuts”. Such is the true ugly face of bourgeois “democracy”: while Portuguese exploited masses in general and workers in particular are vegetating in the darkest poverty, world capitalist-imperialist finance oligarchs from Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, etc., whose repressive capitalist state apparatus is completely controlled by their most faithful lackeys, keep enriching themselves more and more thanks to the outrageous endless profits they accumulate through the abusive “interest rates” they impose on countries like Portugal.

As we had already mentioned in our May Day message of the Portuguese Section, the only way for Portuguese working and proletarian masses to liberate themselves totally and definitively is through firm adherence to Marxism-Leninism-Stalinism-Hoxhaism, is though struggling for socialist revolution, for the implementation of proletarian dictatorship and of socialism and communism not only in Portugal but all over the world under the steeled leadership of the Comintern (SH). Therefore, all this can only be achieved when Portuguese exploited and oppressed masses unite themselves in a monolithic manner around the Portuguese Section of the Comintern (SH).

Concluding, despite revisionist presence and influence, this May Day demonstration was a great example of struggle of Portuguese workers, proletarians and exploited classes in general against ongoing capitalist-imperialist wild aggression. In this, they can always count with the unwavering support of the Comintern (SH) and of its Portuguese Section.

Portuguese exploited and oppressed classes – unite!

Portuguese proletariat – transform this May Day into a storm of revolutionary fire!

Don’t be deceived by revisionist and social-fascist maneuvers and lies!

Join all other world workers to overthrow global oligarchic oppressive rule!

Only world socialist revolution can liberate you from global capitalist-imperialist totalitarianism!

Death to world finance oligarchy which condemns workers and all exploited to absolute misery and oppression for maximum profits!

Long live May Day!

Long live proletarian internationalism!

Long live the 5 Classics of Marxism-Leninism: Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Enver Hoxha!

Long live world proletarian and socialist revolution!

Long live world proletarian dictatorship!

Long live world socialism and world communism!

Long live the Comintern (SH)!