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1. To the President of the European Parliament, Honorable David Sassoli

I hereby draw to the attention of David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, the astonishment and indignation for the recent resolution regarding the comparison and equivalence between Communism and Nazism approved by the Parliament chaired by him, also on behalf of all the communists in Italy and throughout Europe.
We firmly believe that the parliaments cannot and should not rewrite history according to the current political affairs.
Equalizing Communism and Fascism on the practical, theoretical and ideological level means making the biggest historiographical and political mistake ever.
This equation between Soviet Union – the country that payed more than all the others the cost of human lives during the Second World War– with Nazi Germany ends up placing victims and perpetrators on the same level.
Blaming the Molotov–Ribbentrop pact (actually a non-aggression agreement) as the cause of the outbreak of the Second World War means erasing ten years of history in one go, and failing to adequately apportion blame to Great Britain, France and United States for their heavy responsibilities in the Spanish Civil War as much as in the annexation of Austria and Sudeten.
It also means neglecting the Munich Conference in 1938, occasion when Chamberlain and Daladier shook hands with Hitler and Mussolini, giving them the opportunity to occupy and tore asunder a sovreign state.
Disregarding the key role of the Red Army in the European liberation from Fascism is an insult against memory.
Neglecting the crucial role communists played in italian and european Resistance means offending our history as much as the one of other important european countries. In Italy, the Partisans organizations that were most active and numerous, had the highest casualty numbers in combat, were the Garibaldi Brigades, organized and directed by communists; furthermore, during the Fascist regime, communists were the ones who had to endure the greatest number of sentences, of years in jail and confinement, tortures and executions. The help that communists gave to antifascism can’t be hidden, and there can be no equivalence between fascism and those who paid the highest tribute of blood fighting against it.
If we move forward in this direction we accept and foster violence against communists and their outlawing, as already happens in some eastern countries such as Poland, Hungary and Baltic States.
Let’s consider, furthermore, what is going on in Donbass and Ukraine: just outside the borders of the European Union.
We are not afraid of this anti-democratic campaign: we’re ready to stand up for our ideas and for the political rights we deserve.
We just intend to show our alarm: in the European Union this kind of crimes keep on being perpetrated.
As communists we’ll always lead any uprising for freedom and social justice, and never comply with the totalitarianism of globalization, profit and market rules.

Roma, 28 October 2019                                                                            on. Marco Rizzo

03.11.2019 – Redacción Chile

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We advance in Chile to a General Strike for the Constituent Assembly

The undersigned organizations have gathered in a historic meeting whose purpose was to give a sign of unity in the face of the indolence and lack of willingness of the government, businessmen and parliament to listen, attend and process the demands that the Chilean people have expressed in the streets during the last few days.

In this context, we situate as our strategic objective the drafting of a New Constitution that allows us to establish the political and economic bases for the social rights that were taken away in the dictatorship and that for 30 years no government has had the will to recover.

For this New Constitution, the workers consider that the only legitimate path is the Constituent Assembly that restores the protagonism to the Chilean people as a whole, making them participants in the decisions that affect all of society.

In order to advance in this and in the set of demands that social, popular and trade union organizations have raised, as a faithful reflection of what the street demands, we have agreed to constitute a Strike Committee that paves the way for an effective paralysis of all sectors and that advances towards a General Strike that demonstrates our strength and conviction to transform Chile forever.

Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras No+AFP (National Coordinator of Non-Afp Workers)

Central Unitary of Workers

Port Union of Chile

Union of Mining Unions

Sindicato Interempresa Nacional de Trabajadores de la Construcción y Montaje Industrial (National Unión of Construction and Industrial Assemblage Workers ) (SINTEC)

College of Teachers of Chile

National Association of Tax Employees (ANEF)

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We must act and dare the appropiateness and not whatever comes to our mind not floating in the likelihood but grasp the reality as brave as we can be freedom lies in action not in the absence of mind obedience knows the essence of good and satisfies it, freedom dares to act and returns God the ultimate judgment of what is right and what is wrong, Obedience performs blindly but Freedom is wide awake Freedom wants to know why, Obedience has its hands tied, Freedom is inventive obedient man respects God’s commands and by virtu of his Freedom, he creats new commands. Both Obedience and Freedom come true in responsability (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

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