Statement on repression in Iran from the Communist Party of Britain

The Communist Party of Britain strongly condemns the mass arrests in Iran, now estimated at over 2,000, and expresses grave concern at the reported torture of detainees. The party’s general secretary Rob Griffiths has lodged an official protest with the UK Representative of the Islamic Republic. The British party sends its solidarity to the Tudeh Party of Iran, the country’s party of working people.

According to reports reaching the British party, the protests that developed during the week before New Year represented a spontaneous upsurge of popular anger against spiralling prices and growing unemployment.  Over the past months the prices of some staple foods have more than doubled and youth unemployment reached 28 per cent.

These protests are therefore distinct from those that occurred after the 2009 elections which were confined to the main cities and were primarily political, a protest against perceived electoral fraud. On this occasion the protests have been across all urban centres, involved those most exposed to economic hardship and developed slogans that attacked blatant economic injustice and social inequality. The luxuries of the ruling elite, of leading clerics and the Islamic Guards, have been contrasted with the impoverishment of working people.

At the same time the Communist Party of Britain notes the warnings given by the Tudeh party against the hi-jacking of the protests by reactionary elements.

‘It is total hypocrisy for the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia to issue warnings to the Iranian government.  These are the countries that have imposed the economic boycotts on Iran which bear direct responsibility for the inflation and unemployment. They also countries that are currently seeking to impose, by force, a deeply dangerous and reactionary agenda on the Middle East – from Palestine to Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. It is, as the Tudeh Party argues, for the Iranian people themselves to recover their freedom, to redevelop their past heritage of progressive, class-based organisation and to oppose all imperialist intrigues.’

CP comment on Blair

In response to Tony Blair’s statement on Brexit and the Labour Party today (January 4, 2018), CPB General Secretary Robert Griffiths said:

Jeremy Corbyn should take no advice from a discredited charlatan whose contempt for public opinion is exceeded only by his contempt for honest and truthful government. Instead of a Tory Brexit, we need a Labour Brexit – not a betrayal of 17.4 million Leave voters. Tony Blair’s fanatical support for the anti-democratic, pro-big business EU is the last thing Labour needs if it wants to keep millions of working class electors and win millions more from UKIP and the Tories at the next General Election.

COMMUNISTS CONDEMN BREXIT PHASE ONE DEAL

The Communist Party of Britain has condemned the Brexit Phase One agreement between the British government and the EU Commission announced today (December 8).

‘This pro-big business, minority Tory regime is loyally carrying out the instructions of its EU Business Advisory Council to tie Britain to the EU single market for the foreseeable future, while paying through the nose for that dubious privilege’, CPB general secretary Robert Griffiths declared.

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BRITAIN’S COMMUNISTS TAKE PART IN ‘HIGH-LEVEL’ MEETING OF WORLD’S PARTIES IN BEIJING

More than 450 representatives of parties across the political spectrum in 122 countries gathered in Beijing over the December 1-3 weekend in a ‘high-level’ meeting called by the Communist Party of China (CPC) to discuss the theme of ‘Working Together for a Shared Future for Humanity’.

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WORLD’S POLITICAL PARTIES IN BEIJING MEETING TO DISCUSS HUMANITY’S FUTURE

More than 450 representatives of parties across the political spectrum in 122 countries gathered in Beijing over the weekend in a three-day ‘high-level’ meeting called by the Communist Party of China (CPC).

They were joined by 151 leaders and officials of the CPC international department and associated state and party institutions to discuss the theme of ‘Working Together for a Shared Future for Humanity’.

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COMMUNISTS CONDEMN ‘STEADY AS THE ECONOMY SINKS’ BUDGET

The Communist Party has condemned what it calls Chancellor Philip Hammond’s ‘steady as the economy sinks’ Autumn Budget.

CP general secretary Robert Griffiths said it reflected Tory priorities to ‘fill the boots of private enterprise with public money’ and shore up big business profits.

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‘RED ROBBO – A GIANT OF THE LABOUR MOVEMENT’

Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths delivered this eulogy at the funeral of Derek Robinson in Stourbridge, West Midlands, today (November 22):

“What drove workers in their hundreds and thousands – many with family and financial responsibilities – to down tools and leave their benches, desks and assembly lines? Not once, but reputedly 523 times.

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NOTHING NEW ABOUT CAPITALIST ‘FAKE NEWS’ SAY COMMUNISTS

‘There is nothing new about “fake” news – the capitalist media monopolies have been pumping it out for more than a century’, Steve Johnson told the Communist Party’s political committee on Wednesday evening (November 15).

He cited the infamous example of the ‘Zinoviev Letter’ in 1924, when the Daily Mail and British press reported that the head of the Communist International had sent instructions to Britain’s Communists to engage in violent subversion.

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