International notes: Communists worldwide demand democracy and peace

BY:CPUSA International Department| September 14, 2023
International notes: Communists worldwide demand democracy and peace


Bangladesh: Communists and allies demand fraud-free election

The Communist Party of Bangladesh accuses the country’s current government, headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hassina Wazed of the Awami League, of creating conditions that make fair parliamentary elections in January impossible.

Speaking in Dhaka, the country’s capital, the former president of the Communist Party of Bangladesh,
Mujahadid Islam Salim, called for a mass movement to overcome obstacles to a fair election.

“Through mass movements, the people will restore the right to vote by ousting the dictatorship, like in the past.” The Communist Party, which is part of a six-party left coalition called the Democratic Alliance, is also calling for a change to a proportional representation system. It accuses the current government of undemocratic practices and wants it replaced by a non-partisan government.

Peru CP calls for ouster of illegitimate government, constituent assembly.

The Peruvian Communist Party (Partido Communista Peruano) denounces the illegal ouster of the country’s president, Pedro Castillo, and the violent repression of resulting protest by the government of Castillo’s successor, Dina Boluarte, which has caused the deaths of at least 70 people, mostly poor and indigenous.

The Communists are calling for a united front of working-class and people’s organizations to achieve the resignation of Boluarte from the presidency, the dissolution of the present right-wing-dominated Congress, general elections, and a constituent assembly to organize a referendum on a new constitution.

Switzerland party maps election plans

The Communist Party of Switzerland will be participating in national elections on October 22 of this year. Recently, the Communists won two legislative seats in the Italian-speaking Canton of Ticino in the Southwest of the country, and hope to garner more support next month for National Council elections.

They are running on a platform of defending their country’s sovereignty and preserving its historic policy of neutrality. They see the hope of any movement for achieving social progress as being made impossible if Switzerland gets sucked into the dynamics of U.S. imperialism, NATO, and the European Union. Like other countries in Europe and beyond, there is pressure for Switzerland to get involved in the Russia–Ukraine war. To accede to this pressure would constitute a radical break from the neutrality policy the Swiss have maintained since the Napoleonic wars. The Communists are open to electoral alliances, but refuse to ally with organizations which support sending arms to foreign combatants, imposing unilateral sanctions on other countries, or weakening Swiss neutrality.

South African CP calls for the expulsion of the U.S. ambassador

The South African Communist Party (SACP) is demanding that the country’s government expel the United States Ambassador, Dr. Reuben Brigety II, because of a wild public accusation he made in which he claimed that South Africa is arming Russia. The bizarre accusation came as South Africa lined up with several other African Countries, plus the People’s Republic of China, to push for a negotiated settlement of the fighting between Ukraine and Russia. The SACP describes Brigety’s action as an example of imperialist aggression.

In addition to the SACP, the South African government states that Brigety’s false statement has harmed the country’s economy.

Image: Communist Party of Bangladesh (Facebook)


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