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Ludo Martens, founder of the Workers’ Party of Belgium, has passed away

The following is from the Workers Party of Belgium:

In the early morning of 5 June 2011, after a long and lingering illness, Ludo Martens, former president of the Workers’ Party of Belgium, passed away.

Together with Paul Goossens and Walter De Bock, Ludo Martens was one of the better known student leaders of May 1968 in Belgium. He translated the worldwide progressive current at the universities into the foundation of the Student Trade Union Movement (SVB), developed solidarity with the equal rights movement of black people in the United States, resisted narrow nationalism and exerted efforts to enhance the movement of solidarity between students and workers.

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Belgium elections: Workers Party of Belgium makes big advances

Fight Back News Service has translated and is circulating the following article from the Workers Party of Belgium’s (PTB) press service on the recent election in Belgium. The rightist, reactionary New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), which advocates the breakup of Belgium, scored major gains in this election.

PTB+ leaping in Wallonia and in Brussels, and growing in Flanders

“We are happy about the leap of the PTB+ everywhere in Brussels and in Wallonia” stated Raoul Hedebouw, spokesperson of the PTB+. “The PTB+ is also progressing in Flanders, especially in Antwerps, despite the huge success of the N-VA.”. As example the PTB+ obtained 4.2% of the votes in the county of Liège, 4.1% in Antwerps and 2% in Brussels area.

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Bourgeois Democracy and Fascism

The author, Harpal Brar, Chairman of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist)

The Marxist-Leninist is reproducing the following article by Harpal Brar from the Stalin Society in order to counter propaganda that fascism is something other than the open terroristic dictatorship of the most reactionary elements of the capitalist ruling class, or that fascism has something in common with communism, the organized revolutionary power of the working class. 

Stalin Society introduction: On May 21, 2000, Harpal Brar, made a presentation to the Stalin Society based on an article written by him entitled ‘Bourgeois Democracy and Fascism’ which was initially presented to the International May Day Seminar in Brussels, organised by the Party of Labour of Belgium (PTB), on 3rd May 2000. The complete article is reproduced here

Fascism – the sudden growth?

To those who have accepted as unquestioned the existing social forms and their continuity, and those who have looked to the possibility of peaceful progressive advance within these existing social forms, and those who have dismissed the revolutionary outlook as the fantasy of a minority, the victory of fascism in an advanced industrial country such as Germany came as a brutal shock.

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Anhauser-Busch InBev workers win

Fight Back New Service is circulating the following statement from the Workers Party of Belgium (WPB) on the dramatic victory won by Belgian workers at Anhauser-Busch InBev, who defeated a restructuring plan that would have resulted in layoffs.

Background – Anhauser-Busch InBev

The Anhauser-Busch InBev multinational (Belgian-Brazilian) is the world’s largest beer brewer. It employs about 120,000 workers in 25 countries with a total sales number of 39 billion US dollars. It is among the top 10 consumer products multinationals. Beginning this year, the company announced that it planned to cut 10% of its 8,000 workforce in Europe. In Belgium, AB InBev announced 300 layoffs at its breweries in Jupille and Leuven.

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Workers Party of Belgium: The International Capitalist Crisis and Our Tasks

The following is from the Workers Party of Belgium:

The international capitalist crisis, the workers’ and peoples’ struggle, the alternatives and the role of the communist and working class movement.

11th International Meeting of Communists and Workers’ Parties
November 20-22, 2009, New Delhi

Contribution of the Workers’ Party of Belgium (WPB)
Report presented by Baudouin Deckers, member of the National Bureau, head of the International Relations Department.

The economic crisis is getting deeper

When the financial crisis broke out end of 2008 it brought about a world-wide crisis of the economy. This was inevitable. Indeed, the financial crisis is rooted in a structural crisis of over-production which has been worsening in successive waves since the first years of the seventies. As marxists, we know that it is tightly linked to the production mode of the capitalist system.

Such thesis has been developed time and again, at the International Communist Seminar of May 2009 among other platforms, as is attested by the Declaration which was endorsed there.

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System Crisis

em_84_(600_x_600)The following article is from Études Marxistes, n°84, October-December 2008 and is being reposted here from the website of the Workers Party of Belgium

by Jo Cottenier and Henri Houben

It’s likely that September 2008 will continue to ring in our minds in the same way that September 2001 does. After the attacks on the Twin Towers, America went to war. After the recent financial crisis on Wall Street, the warrior is knocked out. After September’s tidal wave, Americans are worrying and wondering: what does the future hold? Two million families have lost their homes. Savings, jobs and pension benefits are all in danger. Purchasing power was already under pressure, will it get even worse?

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