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(en) Italy: Statement on 25th April: Resistance and Class Struggle! (it)

From Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici <internazionale@fdca.it>
Date Tue, 26 Apr 2005 00:54:19 +0200 (CEST)

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The Resistance of 1943-45 was not the only Resistance. The Resistance was also
the long struggle against Nazism and Fascism that involved millions of people.
Fascism and nazism were, in the words of Luigi Fabbri in 1922, the "preventive
counter-revolution" designed to crush the mass movements against the capitalist
structure which had received a boost in the years following the First World
War, in that long batle that anarchists call the "class struggle". The most
authoritarian regimes have always been in the service of economic forces which
wage war on the emancipating struggles of the workers. They are a tool of
capitalist domination. And this is something which was fully understood by all
those who, united in struggle, fought in the resistance.

Anarchist Communists do not forget those who struggled against the terrible
fascist and nazi dictatorships. In these days of celebration of the 60th
anniversary of the Liberation, we remember those who fought and those who died,
men and women fired by a libertarian spirit who engaged in the armed and
unarmed Resistance for the true Liberation of Italy and Europe from
Nazi-Fascism. The Liberation of Italy was the work of the people who rebelled
against Nazi-Fascist domination, but who were stopped from bringing it to its
completion and realizing a complete change in society by the occupying forces,
by the political forces who were their allies and by the "democratic"
compromises made by the Communist Party.

Today though, while we remember the struggles of the last century against the
forces of reaction, struggles which the Resistance was an important part of, we
are witnessing a new growth in Nazi and Fascist groups, hiding behind their
business suits the desire to fight all those who hold dear the values of the
Resistance, who even demand "parity" of recognition between the partisans and
the "repubblichini", the fascist supporters of Mussolini's Italian Social
Republic. The dead cannot speak, but we can speak for them and it is up to us
to declare that they will not succeed.

Let it also be clearly understood by those who continue to call themselves "the
left" but who were often the very ones who allowed the fascists to open up
offices. Just a few days ago, the mayor of Pontedera closed down the offices of
Forza Nuova for reasons of public order. The presence of fascist forces was
inadmissible, he claimed. But who was it who allowed them to turn themselves
into a regular party?

Today, just as yesterday, in order to defeat the plans of the reactionaries, we

* take up the internationalist, anti-capitalist struggle for the unity of the
workers, Italian or otherwise, for the protection of individual freedoms in all
areas, for the respect of all people of all social condition or origin;

* struggle united against the presence of all those forces who are inspired by
fascist ideology until such times as they are defeated for ever;

* promote a class opposition which accepts no compromises and which demands and
practises those values of opposition to the capitalist system for which men and
women have sacrificed their lives;

* take up the tradition of the Resistance, which in practice means the class
struggle for the realization of a world of free and equal people.

On the 25th April 1945, the men and women who marched through the streets still
had in their eyes the vision of the brutalities of the fascist and nazi regimes
they had so bitterly fought; but in their hearts they had the hope of a totally
different world, where economic freedom and respect for the rights of all would
be the basis of a new society.

Their struggle, our struggle, goes on.

Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici
25 April 2005


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