Greetings to CIPOML – 6th Congress of the Workers’ Communist Party of Denmark APK

The 6th Congress of APK, held in Copenhagen May 2015,  sends its militant revolutionary greetings to the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organisations and our brother/sister organizations in all continents, struggling for a better future for the workers and the peoples, for revolution and socialism.

Our 6. Congress was held in a spirit of revolutionary optimism and  of unity with a clear understanding that the class struggle will be intensified during the next years, nationally and internationally.

It drew the balance of the work during the last three years, stressing that the Party has been strengthened in terms of quality and numbers, and is in a positive situation for further advances. Continue reading “Greetings to CIPOML – 6th Congress of the Workers’ Communist Party of Denmark APK”

A United and Solidarity Future – A progressive asylum, refugee, immigration policy

By the Workers’ Communist Party, Denmark
Arbejderpartiet Kommunisterne – APK

Refugee and Asylum Policy

Refugees can only be supported in their own land or close to it if the imperialist wars and destabilisation are stopped. Peace, reconstruction, jobs and development are the only things that can end the flood of millions refugees and put an end to this human tragedy.

The European Union’s (EU) exterior borders are studded with barbed wire, walls, mines and electronic surveillance.  The Mediterranean is transformed into the world’s most dangerous border crossing, into a massive grave for asylum seekers and refugees from war.

EU spends billions of Euros to militarize Fort Europe, creating the Frontex border control, and the special Triton Mediterranean program complete with war ships, military aircraft and troops – all aimed against so-called “illegal immigrants”. Continue reading “A United and Solidarity Future – A progressive asylum, refugee, immigration policy”

Political statement adopted at the 5th Congress of APK 2012

Political statement


Adopted at the
5th Congress of APK
the Workers’ Communist Party of Denmark

May 17.-19th 2012


The most conspicuous feature in the global situation today is that world capitalism has failed to shake off the crisis which began in the end of 2006 and broke through at full power in 2007 and 2008.

According to the UN-organization ILO, the global unemployment is record high and is expected to be on 202 million people or 6.1 % of the global workforce. In the neoliberal European Union and the eurozone the unemployment is explosive high: in Spain 23.6 %, in Greece 21 %, in Ireland 15 %, in Portugal 14,7 %, and in Bulgaria 12,4 %.
The percentages for youth unemployment are even higher.

The crisis has shaken the so-called new world order – i.e. the global capitalist system – and exposed the pervading lie, that this system can secure prosperity, peace, and a future for the peoples and the big majority.

Therefore we also see a significant recovery in the struggle of the working class, the youth, and the peoples all over the world. New regions enter the global arena.

A revolutionary storm has swept through Tunisia, Egypt, and other Arabic countries and has brought reactionary dictatorships down. The class struggle is also extremely fierce in the countries in the eurozone which have been hardest hit, first and foremost in Southern Europe.

The youth in Greece, Spain, Italy, etc., has massively taken to the streets in militant protest movements. The workers have also moved and show their will to stop the brutal neoliberal attacks. In eight EU-countries governments, who have implemented the policy of cuts of the Union, have been brought down since the outbreak of the crisis.

Crisis medicine without effect

The capitalist world crisis was triggered and was intensified by bloated housing speculation and massive financial speculation without restrictions. But in reality it is a capitalist crisis of overproduction, where the commodity production cannot be sold because of the limited purchasing power of the workers and the masses. The massive stimulus packages to banks hit by the crisis and financial institutions are paid by taxpayer money and have resulted in an extensive indebtedness of the countries.

Furthermore, in EU extensive neoliberal cuts on the public budgets have been dictated.
The picture is the same in all the EU-countries and not only the hardest hit. Massive cuts and layoffs are being implemented in the public sector. The social services are being impaired.
Places for education, schools, institutions, health care, and maintenance of every kind are being cut down. There is being privatized to a large extent, and public values and core areas are being sold out. Pensions and transfer incomes, and all other public economic services, are being cut drastically.

Public employees are being dictated wage cuts in one form or another, while the working time and the pace of work are increased. A whole series of “labour market reforms” and other ”reforms” – which are synonymous with deterioration for the big majority – are being implemented in order to ensure that the workers work longer, daily, every week, and in the whole life. And those, who cannot live up to the capitalist demands to the labour power by 110 % and fall out from the labour market are being punished hard with a life on or under the poverty line and strongly impaired quality of life.

In other words it is the workers, the youth, and the general population, who have paid for the crisis, while the big capital and the monopolies have grown bigger and stronger under the crisis and secured the profits.
Cuts, layoffs, and decreasing real wages on a massive scale, as it is seen in EU and the euro countries have not secured an overcoming of the crisis. On the contrary EU is in a new recession in the middle of 2012. The bank packages didn’t mean that the crisis was overcome and a new growth began. Also this capitalist medicine failed.

Nor is the other capitalist method for renewed growth and to overcome the crisis, to get the wheels turning by loans and indebtedness, a real way out of the capitalist crises.
That is because capitalism is unable to prevent its cyclical crises to break out or to overcome them positively and actively. The present economic crisis has passed over into a prolonged depression without imminent prospects for recovery. According to ILO the mass unemployment will continue to grow year for year, up to over 210 millions in 2016. Only thereafter a possible growth in work places is predicted.

Against all this the working people are strengthening their common struggle against the capital under slogans like ”We will not pay for your crisis! Let the rich pay the crisis!”.
The workers as well as the young, the unemployed, the pensioners, and other people on transfer incomes – the big majority in the people – unite themselves increasingly in the struggle against the neoliberal policy of cuts, austerity on the social parts of the public budgets, the labour market- and retirement”reforms” and the demands for increased labour time or real reduction in wages.

The expectations to the existing capitalist institutions and forums – G20, G8 EU, and IMF, etc. – and to the capitalist governments and parliaments of different orientation become still smaller, as the crisis continues apparently without an end in sight, and the promises of the capitalist politicians and rulers about renewed prosperity show to be empty words.
Therefore the workers and the young seek toward new solutions, new paths to another and better future.

Besides passing the burdens of the crisis on the working and broad masses, the capitalism and imperialism in crisis seek other reactionary ways out of the crisis – partly through war and aggression against other countries and peoples, partly through increased militarization of the societies, “terror laws”, and intensified surveillance and repression against the peoples, and also by encouraging the spread of fascism, Nazism, neo-Nazism, and right-wing extremism of all kinds.

Prescription 2: War

”The new world order” has meant a period with permanent wars. After the Gulf war of USA and the West in 1991 and the war of USA and NATO against Serbia in 1999 the 21. century has so far been characterized by continuous wars instigated by USA and with the imperialist military alliance NATO as key player.

After the 11. September 2001 came the Afghanistan war which has not ended yet and where the occupying powers must face a defeat. After the war against Iraq in 2003, which also effectively has been a defeat for the imperialist war coalition, followed the war against Libya in 2011 which has brought an unconcealed coalition between the West and fundamentalist Islamism to light and established a lawless society ruled by imperialist agents, militias, clans, and sharia-supporters.

Imperialism is setting the stage for a repetition of the scenario from Libya in Syria – and to a war of aggression against Iran.
The imperialist plans and the military aggression in the Middle East, which supports the role and policy of Israel in the region, is a main obstacle for peace, stability, and social prosperity for the peoples and for a just solution for the Palestinian people.

The aggressive military alliance of USA and the West, NATO, which has evolved into a global war power, continues its aggressions in the Middle East and Asia and expands the military presence in Africa. No corner of the world is left in peace from the increased militarization and armament which reflect the growing contradictions between the old imperialist powers, USA and NATO, and new ones like China and Russia, etc. Even the Arctic is now involved.

The anti-war movement developed as a real global mass movement at the start of the so-called ”war on terror”, especially against the war in Iraq. The movement turns itself against the present wars and occupations and demands, that all foreign troops immediately are pulled out of the occupied countries, that new wars of aggression are nipped in the bud, and that the aggressive military pact NATO is dissolved, and it demands that the responsible war criminals are brought to justice.

Prescription 3: Police states and intervention against political protests

The military aggression is followed by a militarization of the civil society in the belligerent countries unprecedented since the start of ”The Cold War”. The imperialist wars create a caste of ”veterans”, who are raised in a spirit of military aggression and neo-colonialism, and who will get a prominent place in social life as national “heroes”. War propaganda and indoctrination with justifications of wars of aggressions are filling the medias and the dominating film- and TV-industry. Opposition to war is fenced in and submitted to hate.
At the same time plans are being laid for use of military against civil unrest at least in all the imperialist countries, in all NATO-countries.

The imperialist countries are on the way to evolve into police states. The massive surveillance of the citizens on the internet and in the private and public sphere surpasses in some areas the Orwellian fantasies. At the same time there has been implemented a comprehensive ”terror legislation” and laws following it, which have particular focus on taking action against and suffocate the political protest, as it has been seen in connection with the “lout package” (Note 1) and the mass arrests under the climate summit in Copenhagen in 2009.

Being able to intervene against political protests with all means becomes particularly significant for the ruling class in a situation, where they unconcealed depose elected politicians and put the preferred of the big capital in power as political figurehead, as it was seen in Greece and Italy in 2011, when the heads of government were replaced.
The contempt for democratic institutions is paired with the will to crack down on democratic and popular protests and against civil disobedience of every kind.

The protest against the police state development, the militarization of social life, the undermining of democracy, the terror-laws, and the measures against freedom of speech, such as the ACTA-law, against the criminalization of the political protest and persecution of political activism is also a global tendency and a part of the common struggle of the working people in all countries.

Prescription 4: Nazi terror and right-wing extremism

It is in no way by coincidence that right-wing extremist tendencies of all kinds is spreading and is disseminated in such an unstable crisis situation for the capitalist system and its ruling class.
The strengthening of right-wing extremism, national conservatism, neo-Nazism, and revival and rehabilitation of fascism and Nazism, including its top figures, is a conscious policy from the side of the rulers.

The dissemination of the right-wing extremist and fascist policy and ideology is ensured by the fact that no action is taken against Nazi and racist activity and propaganda, even though it is criminal according to the UN and national legislations. The fascists have full freedom of speech and use it fully on the internet and in numerous other contexts, where the official medias act as microphone holders.

In such a climate and on such a background Nazi terrorists arise like the Norwegian, A.B. Breivik, who carried out a bomb attack against the Norwegian government and a massacre on a social democratic youth camp, the Swedish sniper Peter Mangs who terrorised immigrant neighbourhoods in Malmö, and the Nazi cell in Germany which in agreement with German police- and intelligence officers conducted the so-called ”kebab killings” on immigrant shops.

The police, prosecutors, medical authorities, and the medias try to picture the systematic Nazi terror that takes place in many countries and has immigrants, and left-wingers, and revolutionaries as its goal, as ”lone wolves” and/or mentally disturbed persons that act on their own with personal motives.
But those brutal Nazi terrorists are a direct result of the ideology and policy of the ruling class, raised and developed by its propaganda.

Although it is obvious that the fascist, Nazi, and right-wing extreme terrorism and its hate crimes are barbaric, is targeting innocent people, and claims many lives, police, intelligence services, and the bourgeois medias try to picture right-wing terror and “left-extremist” terror as the same – and moreover to proclaim left-extreme “terror” as the greatest threat and danger.

Among the methods of the bourgeoisie to revive Nazism is also to equate Nazism and communism. This is, among other things, expressed in rehabilitations of Nazi bigwigs, and on the other hand in humiliation and vituperation of the anti-Nazi resistance struggle and the antifascist resistance fighters.
The present Nazi mass murderers are granted full freedom to propagate in the medias and to build up crowds of supporters from the prison cells. And they are only the tip of the iceberg.
In their shadow, and virtually unchallenged, are arson attacks on refugee- and asylum centres and immigrant shops, assault on immigrants and on left-wingers in the thousands.
There is an upcoming race war and war of extermination against communists, revolutionaries, left-wingers, and even social democrats on the programme – today as yesterday.

Over the whole world the struggle against the right-wing extreme parties and movements, that grow and become stronger in many countries, is an integral part of the struggle against crisis, war, and reaction. Therefore a ban against fascist, Nazi, and racist organizations, activities, and propaganda is demanded.

 

The youth and the workers seek new paths

The crisis also means a fall in the real wage for the working class as a whole, and impaired conditions for the majority of the people. On a global scale billions of people must fight hard to not go to bed hungry.
All the grim consequences of the mass poverty are the reality of the day for a big part of the Earth’s population.

At the same time the social unrest grows everywhere. Protests, demonstrations, actions, and strikes become more frequent all over the globe. The report of the ILO for 2012 tells that in 2011 the social unrest grew in 57 out of 106 countries in comparison with the previous year.
The tendency is especially powerful in Europe, the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The economic crisis is taking place simultaneously with the development of other global crises. The climate- and energy crisis represent serious dangers for the peoples and their future. The global warming and other man-made disasters affect not in the least the poorest countries and the poorest peoples hard.

At the same time the nuclear disaster, whose consequences are global and far from having been overcome, at the Fukushima plant in Japan has once again emphasized that nuclear power is a technology that brings death with it and should be scrapped along with the nuclear weapons. The transition to renewable energy is globally an urgent task that capitalism cannot solve.

The mass unemployment is a phenomenon that affects all countries, the whole capitalist world, and the outlook for the present generation of young people is grim.
The young people in the developed imperialist countries cannot count on obtaining the same standard of life and work as the parental generation, but will be worse off educationally, in regards to employment, and economically.

The young people have over the whole world taken the lead on the barricades in protest and revolt against the capitalist crisis and its consequences, while the working class as a whole increasingly has embarked on mass protests, demonstrations, and political strikes – and particularly extensive in the countries which have been hit hardest by the crisis.

The socalled “Arab Spring” – the revolts of the arab peoples beginning in Tunesia – mobilized extensively a generation of young people that could not get a job although many of them had completed educations at the university. In Spain with the extreme high proportion of young unemployed (over half of the young generation doesn’t have jobs) the young people have asserted themselves with initiatives like the M15-movement, which has manifested itself with actions over the whole country and has distanced itself from the parliamentary alternatives in the form of the “socialists” and the openly bourgeois.

Also in the hard-hit Greece, in Italy, Portugal, and many other countries the youth has staged massive protests.
It is significant, that the working class now really also have started to stir. In Greece, Italy, Spain, and many other countries extensive protests and a series of general strikes have been carried out that not only are directed against a single or more cuts and austerity demands, but have a pronounced political character and turns against the incumbent government, whether it is openly bourgeois or social-democratic/”socialist”, and against EU and the dictates of EU.
In the case of Greece the protests are directed against the ”troika” consisting of EU, the European Central Bank – ECB, and the International Monetary Fund – IMF, whose demands about barbarically impaired living conditions are being dictated on the Greek people.

The hopes, which in Europe for some were attached to EU and Euroland, lie in ruins.
The European Union has irrevocably exposed itself as the project of the monopolies and not the project of the peoples, of peace, or of social prosperity, or however the advertisements have sounded.
The political parties and forces, who supported and are integrated in ”the European project” are also hit by the sharpened economic and political crisis of EU. Since the outbreak of the crisis eight heads of government in EU-countries have been voted out of their office because they had implemented the neo-liberal policy of cuts which the big majority turns massively against.

It also means that the differences between the governmental parties of one or another orientation are not of great importance in practice. Both “socialists”/social-democrats and openly bourgeois governments conduct the same economic policy at the detriment of the big majority.
The undeclared but actually existing two-party system of ”socialists” and bourgeois in the EU-countries has failed – just like the two-party system of Republicans and Democrats in USA who take turns in having power and conducts basically the same wars, the same austerity knives and the same policy.

The trust in the EU-parties of any shade is rapidly declining. At the same time the workers demand that their unions take steps to fight the policy of cuts. Those are often linked to the ”socialist” parties through ETUC, the European Trade Union Confederation, which has had to sharpen the criticisms of the policy of EU and e.g. rejects the Finance Pact, the latest treaty which has not yet entered into force but binds the national economies to the neoliberal economic policy.

The most significant tendency is the tendency to breaking with both parliamentary blocs and the attempt to build up independent class- and combat organizations and movements as tools for the struggle of the big majority against the reactionary crisis policy. It is movements like M15, the “Occupy”-movements, and other popular organizations and initiatives, the effort to win the leadership of the unions and make them into combat organizations, and similar steps to organize the mass struggle and make it more effective.

At the parliamentary level new steps are also taken to build up a third and progressive option in relative to the two EU-alternatives. It has happened with considerable success e.g. with Syriza in Greece, the left-wing coalition that became the next largest party of the country, or in France with Front de Gauche (the Left front). This effort can also be traced everywhere.
The struggle against the Finance Pact and the euro, which is a fundamental folly, and the struggle against the EU of the monopolies, that tries to become an imperialistic world power, is a common struggle for all the workers and peoples of Europe. It doesn’t just direct itself against individual aspects of the European Union but seeks to detach the individual countries from the euro and the treaties and step out of the EU. It aims towards the dissolution of EU as an imperialist political and economic union and as a state formation with own institutions, own currency, fiscal policy, etc.


Denmark in crisis, war, and European Union

The Thorning-government (2), which replaced ten years VKO-rule (3), is almost a textbook example that the EU-policy is the same, whether it can be called blue or red.
None of the blocks tell the voters which policy they in fact intend to implement, but stresses popular cases to win the elections. After that the dictate policy of EU is on the menu.

Neither VKO nor SRSF (4) has been or is able to lift Denmark out of the crisis although they both have promised it again and again. “Out of the crisis” and ”assurance of the future of the welfare” has been the mantra while the crisis was deepened, people lost their jobs, and many had to leave their home – and virtually all have experienced fall in the real wage, increase of prices, increased taxes and fees, and a significantly tighter economy.

The Thorning-government was elected in the expectation of – and it promised – a completely different policy than VKO. It soon became evident, that Thorning continued Anders Fogh’s (5) “activist” foreign policy as faithful client of USA and NATO and in the front row, while Denmark try to be the teacher’s pet in EU, as Thorning-Schmidt demonstrated it under the Danish presidency.

The crisis solutions of EU and the euro is now as before to take from the general public through extensive social cuts and give to banks, speculators, and a greedy finance capital.

Therefore the government (and VK) will also not let the Finance Pact be put to a referendum, although a big majority of the Danes wants it.
The declared policy of Thorning is to “overcome the crisis” and “preserve the welfare” by making the Danes work more.

This means to increase the supply of labour power and thus increase the pressure on the working people and the competition for the workplaces with the purpose of lowering the wages. An extended working time should be the alternative to the policy of cuts of VK.
It has proven to be a supplement to it. The workers and the youth get to pay not once, but many times.

In practical policy the SRSF-government has implemented classical EU–policy of cuts and continued the “reforms” of VK. At the same time it has increased taxes and fees, has dictated reduction in real wages under the collective agreements, and is now conducting the tripartite negotiations (6) in order to make the Danes work more and longer. Two days off seem to be at the stake of being involved together with other deteriorations.

The social-democratic union leadership is standing before a serious smacking from the members. It has revealed itself as a tool for the Thorning-government and EU and not as the spokespersons of the members.

The policy of cuts of the ”red” and blue blocs is being justified as necessary to secure the welfare against respectively ”the elder burden” and ”shortage on labour power”. Both are myths. The early retirement (7) was axed, the unemployment benefit is cut to two years and the time for regaining the unemployment benefit has been doubled, and we must all work more, everything with the argument, that there will be a shortage of labour power (”hands”) in a few years because there will be fewer Danes in the working age and more go on retirement.

The figures which both VKO and SRSF have drew upon are, however, incorrect: In 2020 there will be more and not less people on the labour market, the latest statistic shows. Thus a part of the justifications for the reactionary and anti-labour 2020-plan of the government has fell down on the floor.
This will not get it withdrawn. However there are enough funds to stop the cuts.

Billions can be released for welfare by stopping the wars and the milliarization and pulling Denmark out of NATO, stop the euro-attachment and end the membership of EU, and increase the taxation of the rich.

Neither the policy of the blue- or ”red” bloc works, and also in Denmark an endeavour to find new ways and build up new alternatives has started.


The revolution is back on the agenda

The arab revolts with the popular risings in Tunisia and Egypt in the beginning of 2011, who drove respectively the Ben Ali-, and the Mubarak dictatorship away, was an expression of a popular reaction to the capitalist crisis and the political oppression which in the Arab countries is administrated by the pro-imperialist, oppressive regimes and dictators, who are best friends with USA and EU.

These popular risings directed a blow against the imperialist and racist propaganda which present the Arab peoples as backward, primitive, and Islamist. They turned against economic and political oppression and demanded political, democratic, and economic reforms. And they demonstrated that the revolution is a question, that hasn’t been taken of the historical agenda, but is still relevant in the form of democratic, anti-imperialist, and socialist revolutions.

The uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt encouraged and gave inspiration to a new upsurge in the youth’s and workers’ movement and efforts in the other Arabic countries, in Southern Europe, and the rest of Europe and in many other regions.
The revolution has been placed on the agenda. On all continents.

The imperialism acted fast against the Arab people’s revolutions. It was sought to hijack them and the democratic processes in Tunisia and Egypt, where a US-backed military regime remained in power. In the political processes imperialism and the Arabic reaction (with Saudi-Arabia and the other kingdoms and emirates in front) support Islamic parties and forces in order to counter the progress from secular, progressive, and revolutionary forces.
In other countries like Bahrain the uprising was crushed by military power.

In Libya NATO went into a war alliance with Islamists and prevented that the Libyan people took their destiny in their own hands. But nevertheless the revolutionary endeavour continues in all the Arabic countries to be a driving force that threatens the pro-western regimes and the autocratic kings with demise. In EU and the European countries it is a socialist revolution that is on the agenda and is prepared.

A revolution with the working class as the main force at the head for an alliance with all progressive forces and layers and led by the Marxist-Leninist communist party in alliance with other revolutionary and progressive parties and forces – with the perspective of creating a socialist society with the working class at the head.
That means to expropriate the ruling class and build up a system without crises and wars, without oppression and exploitation, without discrimination and racial hatred, with equal rights and dignity of all the members of society.

Copenhagen, May 19th 2012


Notes

1. ”Lømmelpakken”, a law package created before the Climate Summit in Copenhagen, december 2009.
Preventive detention was raised from max 6 hours to 12 hours. The punishment for preventing the police doing its job was raised from a fine to 40 days prison. If there was a “gross disturbance of peace and order” on the place, it would be an aggrevating circumstance, when the punishment will be handed out.

2. Helle Thorning-Schmidt is the incumbent social-democratic prime minister of Denmark.

3.

V: Venstre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venstre_%28Denmark%29

K: Konservative
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservative_People%27s_Party_%28Denmark%29

O: Dansk Folkeparti
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_People%27s_Party

The openly bourgeois parties Venstre and Konservative was in government 2001-2011 (the prime ministers were from Venstre), and the populist and nationalist Dansk Folkeparti was a supporter.

4.

SRSF: The present government

S : Socialdemokraterne
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Democrats_%28Denmark%29

R: Radikale Venstre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_Social_Liberal_Party

SF: Socialistisk Folkeparti
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialist_People%27s_Party_%28Denmark%29

All those three parties participate in the Helle Thorning-Schmidt government

5. Anders Fogh Rasmussen (from Venstre) was prime minister of Denmark 2001-2009. He is now general secretary of NATO.

6. They were between labour unions, employers’ organizations, and government. They collapsed in June 2012 after the Danish Union of Metalworkers refused to give up on holidays and leave days.

7. Efterløn (literally: afterwage) – a form of early retirement, formerly possible from 60 yrs, but now gradually raised. The general retirement age at present is 65 years, but is gradually raised. For those born after January 1st 1959 it will be 67 years.

The Workers Communist Party of Denmark (APK) has celebrated its 4th Congress

On the 9th and 10th of April 2009 the APK, member of the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations  (ICMLPO), celebrated its 4th Congress in Copenhagen – the capital of Denmark

The congress took place at a time where the international economic crisis is forcefully hitting Denmark with fast growing unemployment rates, bankruptcies of companies and smaller banks, foreclosures of houses and apartments, the owners not being able to pay the rent and loans, as well as a great many others consequences of the crisis, mainly affecting the workers and their living conditions.

This situation did not come as a surprise for the APK, as our last congress 2,5 year ago stated that we were at the top of the economic boom, and that a crisis would soon follow, and that this crisis would not short term, but will last for years, as the crisis was postponed by expenditures for the imperialist wars, easy loans and artificial economic bubbles as the one in the housing sector.

The Congress discussed and agreed on a general political resolution about the present situation and the tasks of the Party, and adopted a special program against crises, war and reaction with the title “We will NOT pay for the crisis of capital”, which underlines that the working class is not responsible for this crisis and shouldn’t be the victims of it either. The working class must mobilize and fight for its rights and living conditions against the predatory capitalist policy of crisis of robbing the poor and giving to the rich.

It specifically addressed the present political situation, where the Danish international war criminal prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen resigned from his post to become the head of the warmongering imperialist NATO organization, without calling for elections, leaving the present right wing two party government coalition, that has the support of the racist and xenophobic Dansk Folkeparti, in power with the former minister of finance Lars Løkke Rasmussen at the head.

The congress called for intensifying the efforts to topple this criminal government, without nurturing any illusions about the coalition of Social Democrats and leftist People’s Socialist Party, thatr would replace it.

The Congress further decided on an extensive elaboration of our “Program of Action”, adopted at the founding Congress in 2000, including the experiences of the past decade of imperialist wars under the pretext of ‘war against terror’,  of reactionary anti-terror legislation and steps towards the police state, the failed racist policy of assimilation and the climate and environmental crises.

The Congress also adopted a resolution on socialism as the perspective and the final way out of the present capitalist crises and the general crises of this obsolete system. This will enforce our unity and strengthen our propaganda around this subject that we believe is central to the struggle of the working class in the upcoming years.

Both documents will continue to be discussed in the party and around it, including among members of the communist youth league DKU, sympathizers of the party, interested workers and ‘partners in struggle’.

The Congress also adopted some smaller statements – among those a call to vote at the June elections for the candidates of the People’s Movement against the European Union (Folkebevægelsen mod EU), the Danish anti-EU list, that has been represented in the socalled European Parliament since the first elections to that forum.

It also issued a call to participate in the protests against the false and hypocritical climate summit “COP15” in December in Copenhagen and giving the protest an anti-capitalistic character.

The basic political and organizational platform of the ICMLPO ‘On the International Situation and Our Tasks’ was presented to the Congress in the Danish edition.

The congress marked a positive shift in generations as a new generation of cadres, mainly former youth league leaders, were central figures in the celebration of the congress and will be central figures in the new Central Committee. One of them is the new spokesman of the Party Troels Riis Larsen, former chairman of DKU.

The Party’s chairman since its foundation in 2000, Comrade Dorte Grenaa, resigned as chairman. She was reelected to the Central Committee. Comrade Klaus Riis continues as editor of the Party newspaper Communist Politics.

The 4th Congress was a great success for our party and was held in an optimistic atmosphere with a strong belief in coming advances of the Party and the struggle of the working class, and in a revolutionary spirit of class struggle, strongly reaffirming and strengthening itself throughout all of the congress.

Copenhagen April 17th 2009

Arbejderpartiet Kommunisterne
Centralkomiteen

Communique from the third congress of The Workers’ Communist Party of Denmark APK

The 3rd Congress of Arbejderpartiet Kommunisterne (Workers’ Communist Party of Denmark) successfully held in Copenhagen, concluding December 10 th 2006.

The Congress listened to, discussed and endorsed the report on the work of the Central Committee, presented by the Party chairman Dorte Grenaa, and several other reports drawing the balance of the work of the Party through 3½ years since the 2nd Congress in May 2003.

The Congress adopted the resolutions ‘Arbejderpartiet Kommunisterne and its tasks’, ‘Resolution on the Tasks of the The Class Struggle’, ‘Statement on The International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organisations’, and some other statements and greetings.

The 3rd Congress was greeted by the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Partiers and Organisations and several Marxist-Leninist Communist Parties.

The Congress stressed that the resistance must be strengthened against the Danish participation in the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan , promoted by the criminal Fogh government. It remains a major task to bring the troops of occupation back to Denmark . A clear majority of the Danes demand this now. The Fogh-government, a close ally of Bush and Blair, is rapidly loosing support. A great mass movement, especially promoted by the youth and its organisations, has developed against the neoliberal offensive of the Fogh-government and its parliamentary deals with the opposition, headed by the Social Democrats. May 17th 2006 saw the biggest national protests for several decades, and during the autumm major struggles against social cutbacks, that mobilised entire cities in strikes and protests under the slogan ‘Welfare for everyone’ were seen.

The development of these great mass movements and their radicalisation have been at the center of the attention and work of the APK since the 2nd Congress – and the Party has played an important role in these developments.

Since 9/11 2001 a new young generation has come forward in the struggle against war, the building of the reactionary and neoliberal European Union and the attacks by the monopolies and their state on the social and political rights, won in hard class struggle.

The 3 rd Congress laid down the task to further develop these movements, but also systematically and more extensively to spread scientific socialism among the present youth, especially the working class youth, and to win it for communism.

These years have also shown the international character of the struggle against imperialism, war, fascism and neoliberal reaction. APK considers the building of a global people’s front against imperialism to be of great urgency to defeat the hegemonic plans of imperialism, with US imperialism at the head, and to mobilise the international working class and peoples in defence of their rights, national sovereignty and social progress.

The resolution on the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organisations, of which APK is a member, stressed the belief of our Party in the great role in the present day revolutionary processes in the world, played by the Conference, the need to extend its influence on a global scale, and the special task of our Party to make its stands and documents known to the Danish working class and people.
The Greeting to the Congress by the Conference was received with enthusiasm by the delegates.

The Congress elected the new Central Committee and Control Commission.

Copenhagen
December 20 th 2006

THE 3rd CONGRESS OF
ARBEJDERPARTIET KOMMUNISTERNE – APK

WORKERS’ COMMUNIST PARTY OF DENMARK APK

Denmark Is Going to Participate in Criminal War Against Iraq – No to Danish War Participation!

Statement of the Workers’ Communist Party of Denmark (APK), November 20, 2002

Today’s decision of the Fogh Rasmussen government and the majority of the national parliament on Danish war participation in a new war against Iraq makes them accomplices in crime against the Iraqi people and humanity, regardless of whether the war will be waged with UN sanction or not. And the decision on going to war opens up for Danish participation in both cases.

The huge majority of the Danish population is against Bush’s planned war, and the war policy of Fogh Rasmussen and the majority of the national parliament must be condemned and combated. Bush’s war is an imperialist war; a war about oil and getting control of the Middle East, a war that will have catastrophic consequences for the Iraqi and Palestinian people and set the whole region on fire.

The Danish decision is deeply reactionary and makes Denmark accomplice in continuing and extending the genocide of the Iraqi people, the result of the US-forced UN sanctions which have been in effect since the end of the First Gulf War. More than one million Iraqis, half a million of them children, are dead due to the sanctions.

The APK calls on the Danish people to make extensive protests against the decision of Danish war participation and to fight it with every available means, including civil disobedience.

The Danish government and the majority of the national parliament are doing the job of the lackey and executioner’s assistant. But the Danish people do not want to participate in that!

The Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Communist Party of Denmark (APK)

“Terror War” – No!

People! Be on the alert!
Julius Futsjik

The world’s political climate was changed at a stroke when suicide pilots crashed into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.
The US government has sworn revenge and retaliation, and declared “world war against terrorism”. In 24 hours, the NATO countries had rallied round the US, and the world is now waiting for the war.
The psychological preparations for war are in full swing, in the US, and in all the NATO countries, including Denmark. And the practical preparations for war have started, in the US, and in all the NATO countries, including Denmark.

US imperialism has committed monstrous crimes against the peoples and has millions of lives on its conscience. Especially in the Middle East, the hatred of the US is immense. What happened on September 11 was, most likely, an action and part of a real and constant war, which especially the US and Israel have been waging against the Arab and Muslim peoples, and was carried out by people who are waging “holy war” against the US. Neither the methods nor the objective of these people have the support of the working class and the peoples, and do not lead to advance their struggle for social progress and national independence.
Instead, the suicide bombings in the US serve to strengthen the political positions of reaction, to undermine the democratic rights and promote the fascization not only of the US, but of all Western societies, too. They give imperialism and reaction a pretext for leading the world into a permanent, reactionary, dividing, global aggression, which can soon make the lost human lives in the US look minor.

It is a deadly serious situation, and everybody must be on the alert – on top alert: The natural compassion with the victims in the US is being used to drag the peoples into a master war in which all countries of the world can become theatres of war, a war headed by George Bush’s US to whom a carte blanche of war has been given by the NATO countries, including Denmark. With this, Danish Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen has in reality handed over the sovereignty of Denmark to the Americans.
For the first time, the Article 5 of the Washington Treaty is used – the “one for all and all for one” article. This happens contrary to international law, which implies that there must be an aggressor state for a situation of war to exist.
Bush and Co. chooses to wage “terror war” instead of trying to bring the culprits to justice, as would have happened in an international community founded on the rule of law. The charge, verdict and executioning function are all in the hands of the same political and military power.

What kind of war is the US, heavily seconded by Israel, setting the stage for? The war is being pictured as a “global war against terrorism”, as “the war of Western civilisation against its enemies” (with Christian and Zionist fundamentalist overtones), and as “democracy’s fight against dictatorships, terror states and religious fanaticism”.

George Bush has declared “the US will not distinguish between terrorists and countries harbouring them”. US politicians and military people have not only mentioned Afghanistan as a possible target, but also Iraq, Libya, Iran, Sudan, Syria, North Korea, Cuba – and China! This looks more like “the war of the West against the Third World”, the war of the rich countries against the poor countries. It will give the aggressive Israel a free hand to continue its criminal occupation of Palestine, to make it permanent, and to continue the ethnic cleansing of a whole people. Officially, Israel regards the Palestinian organizations as ” terrorist organizations” and sees every Palestinian infant as a potential terrorist.

In the words of Bush lies that tomorrow the war can begin against Osama Bin Laden and Afghanistan, and the day after tomorrow continue against Iraq, or Libya or Cuba, and later on against China.
In the words of Bush lies that it will be a long-standing, Western battlefield, a period of many warm wars and military operations and a continuing “fight against terrorist groups” – a period of permanent “world war against terrorism”.

It is not a plan for justice, peace and prosperity. It is the draft of a nightmare for humanity, simply a draft of world war.

Maybe Osama Bin Laden and his fundamentalist network are behind the bombings in New York and Washington. The US and the CIA know him and his methods very well: They have created, financed and armed him themselves during the invasion of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union.

The major part of the Muslim and Arab world denounces Bin Laden and his methods, denounces extremist Muslim fundamentalism. But with the introduction of the “global war against terrorism”, the stage is being set for a racial and religious war, which will create hatred of all Arabs and Muslims.

The victims in the Middle East, Asia and in the Third World will be enormous. The victims in the Western world, also victims of acts of terror whose possibility can never be eliminated, no matter the high-tech weapons and control measures being used, will be considerable. And the world will be plunged into a state of permanent horror and terror.
Comprehensive control and surveillance programmes will replace the democratic rights, which have been won in the Western countries. And the charge of terrorism will be extended to apply to all workers struggling for their rights, to all forces who fight imperialism and capitalism, all revolutionaries and progressive people, organizations and movements.
Unrestrained rearmament, the implementation of the star war project, increased militarization and extended police programmes are on the immediate agenda.

The whole world capitalist system – and there do not exist any truly socialist countries in today’s world – is on the way to a bigger crisis, a capitalist world crisis. Globalisation, which has very quickly spread mass misery around the world with more than two billion people living for less than two dollars a day, is in crisis because of the resistance of the workers and peoples. In one country after another, mass protests and mass struggles are developing against the ruling order that is being dictated by the US and its allies, by the IMF and the World Bank, by the EU, etc. Even in the rich world, strong, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movements are developing. Revolutionary situations are arising on all continents.
The “global war against terrorism” is meant to suppress this revolutionary storm in its beginning, to consolidate the ruling order, to consolidate the status of the US as the dominant global superpower, and ensure the multinationals’ eternal exploitation of the workers, the peoples and the riches in all countries.

People! Be on the alert!
Reject the war project of US imperialism and NATO!

Working people and all progressive people in Denmark:
Stop the Danish participation in the criminal adventure!

September 13, 2001

The Central Committee of the Workers’ Communist Party of Denmark (APK)

The Danish People Must Break with Israel

The nefarious and cowardly terrorist murder of Abu Ali Mustafa, general secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the escalating and massive attacks on the Palestinian territories, the seizure of the full control with the whole of Jerusalem and the barbaric economic strangulation of the Palestinians, who are left without water, medicine, etc., show that Israel has not accepted and will not accept that the Palestinians build a viable and independent state. Sharon’s military and economic aggression expresses that Israel has been pretending to negotiate “peace”.

The “peace process” has been killed by Sharon and his government and by the Israeli army using advanced weapons delivered by the US.
The Israeli aggression has been taking place under the shelter of the US superpower, which has tacitly approved and accepted it, thereby contributing to a steady escalating aggression, which is increasing the tension in all the Middle East and threatening to throw the whole area into a new war.

The barbaric Israeli repression has not, however, resulted in the resignation of the Palestinian resistance. The Palestinians are fighting for their survival as a people and as a nation, while Israel is carrying out the biggest ethnic cleansing since the Second World War. They are waging a desperate battle with stones and suicide bombs against a tremendously superior, high-tech military power.

On September 28, the present Intifada has been ongoing for one year, and it has become more and more obvious to the peoples of the world that the Palestinians are fighting for a just cause, while Israel, contrary to international law and UN resolutions, will hinder that the Palestinians get their legitimate, national and democratic rights fulfilled.

It is about time that the Palestinians see that the increasing worldwide sympathy grows into a concrete support to their Intifada and their just struggle. If the Danish government does not want to break with Israel, then the Danish people must do it.

In Denmark, as well as all over the world, a powerful solidarity movement with the Palestinian people is developing, basing itself on the following demands:

Stop the massacre in Palestine – support the Intifada!

Immediate withdrawal of the Zionist occupying forces!

For the right of return for all Palestinian refugees!

For the right of self-determination for the Palestinian people, including the right to the creation of an independent and sovereign state with Jerusalem as its capital!

Boycott Israeli goods and tourism!

The Danish people supported the Jews against the Nazi persecution. Today’s solidarity movement is turning against a new genocide, committed by the aggressive Israeli state.

August 28, 2001

The Central Committee of the Workers’ Communist Party of Denmark (APK)

The Nice Treaty Is Dead – the Ratification Process Must Stop!

The No of the Irish people to the Nice Treaty means that this treaty is dead. The Irish people is the only people of the EU countries who has had the opportunity to vote on it – and they rejected it. They said No to the actual transformation of the EU into a federal state, No to increased power to the big countries at the expense of the small ones, No to loss of sovereignty, and No to the militarisation of the EU and its becoming an imperialist superpower.

According to the EU treaties, EU legislation and international law, this means that the Irish government cannot sign the Nice Treaty. But it also means that the process of ratification in all the other countries has to stop. The No is not an Irish problem, but a problem of the EU. The Irish people has performed its democratic right to say No, and everybody is obliged to respect that.

With tremendous arrogance, the Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson, present Chairman of the European Council, and the Chairman of the European Commission Romano Prodi, refused to respect and adhere to the Irish No. On the contrary, they have called for “doing a Denmark” on Ireland. That is to force the Irish people to vote again, to vote on a “Nice 2” that does not change a single word in the “Nice 1” they have already rejected, a “Nice 2” furnished with some protocols and declarations about Ireland – just as it happened when Denmark rejected the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. With enormous contempt for the democratic process, and even the laws of the EU itself, the foreign ministers of the EU countries have also concurred in this at their meeting in Luxembourg, and proclaimed that the Nice Treaty will be signed by everybody, as planned, before the end of 2002!

The formula of “democracy” of the EU is “Vote Yes – Or Vote Again!”. This is another proof of its anti-popular and anti-democratic nature, that the EU is the Union of the monopolies and not the project of the European peoples.

The Workers’ Communist Party of Denmark (APK) appeals to the Danish government and the Danish parliament to adhere to democracy and stop the process of ratification – and it appeals to the strong Danish movement against the EU to take steps to secure that this happens. If not, a referendum on the Nice Treaty must be held in Denmark, too.

We also appeal to all democrats and critics of the EU – outside and inside the EU – to put pressure on their governments and the EU in order to stop the ratification process, respecting the No of the Irish people.

The Irish people are not only speaking on behalf of themselves, but on behalf of all European opponents of the Nice Treaty. A Danish referendum, which until now has been refused, would most likely result in another No.

No to the Europe of the Monopolies!

June 13, 2001

ARBEJDERPARTIET KOMMUNISTERNE (APK)
Workers’ Communist Party of Denmark
www.apk2000.dk

Statement of the Workers’ Communist Party of Denmark (APK) on May Day 2001 A World on the Road to Rebellion

More than one decade of unrestrained neoliberalism for the benefit of imperialism, the monopolies and multinationals and their profits bears its own bitter fruit:
One third of the world’s population, more than two billion people, are “surviving” for less than two dollars a day. On the other hand, the three richest persons in the world own more than does half of the world’s population all together. The absolute distress and misery on a mass scale has never been bigger, or affected as many people, as in the twenty-first century, where all the possibilities of a good life for all people are present.
Dark reaction is ruling. During the reign of George Bush, the US has reinforced its fight for absolute world hegemony: With the so-called missile defence shield, the US will be able to “win” a nuclear war and get a real nuclear weapon monopoly. In order to open up all boundaries to the multinationals, the US has intensified its course of confrontation with the peoples.
At the same time, the world-wide economic crisis, which began in East Asia in 1997, is deepening. It is now affecting the US and is starting to do damages everywhere. The ruling classes in all countries know only one way out of the crisis: to throw the burdens on the shoulders of the working people and seek their way out by rearmament, confrontation, and perhaps war. The EU and Denmark are on the way to recession, too.
The workers and peoples of the world have only one thing to do: to rise against the ruling and their policy.
Look at Turkey, for example: Millions of workers have risen in protest against the policy of reduction, which has been forced on them by the IMF. In the prisons, political prisoners are making hunger-strikes until death. The Kurdish people is being repressed, and the Kurdish question is not being solved. Turkey is in a deep crisis, which can lead to mass uprisings. Or take a look at Ecuador where the Ecuadorian people, two times within one year, has risen against the government and the dollarisation, which is impoverishing the population.
The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), a pendant to the “internal market” of the EU, will increase the American exploitation of the rest of the continent, which is in revolt. Or let us go to Palestine where the popular revolt, the intifada, has again burst into flame, protesting Israel’s brutal military repression, which is being backed by the US.
The world is on the road to rebellion against the dictates and real dictatorship of the monopolies. The revolutions are on the way. The big anti-globalisation demonstrations, from Seattle and Nice to Quebec, are just the smoke of a vulcano, which is about to erupt.
In Denmark, we are facing a final battle on the future of the country: as a part of the EU, the federal state with its own constitution ready in 2004, or as a sovereign and independent country outside the EU; as a part of an European super power, which, competing sharply with the US, is pushing the imperialist globalisation forward at the expense of the workers and peoples, or outside this project that only benefits the monopolies.
And the workers and the broad masses are standing in the midst of the struggle of defending hard-won rights that are being attacked by the EU and the monopolies.
Therefore, on this May Day 2001, we are making the following demands:

6 hours working day – 30 hours working week!
Away with flexible working hours – Move forward to the 30 hours working week with full salary and staff compensation!
Real jobs for everybody – Abolish forced labour for receiving social benefits!
Real equal pay, NOW!

No to the EU and the EU constitution – Denmark out of the EU!
No to racism and xenophobia – Ban on Nazism!
No to the US star war – Hands off Greenland!
Solidarity with Palestine – Strengthen international solidarity!

Socialism is the future!

Workers’ Communist Party of Denmark (APK)

Kommunistisk Politik, No. 9 (special issue), May 1, 2001