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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Pacific Revolutionaries Re-building Networks

Auckland University student Omar Hamed (Radical Youth, Students for Justice in Palestine) was recently in New Caledonia attending the conference of one of the Pacific's most militant unions.

Between the fourth and the sixth of December the Union of Kanaky and Exploited Workers (USTKE) held their 12th Congress and celebrated their 25th anniversary in a large hall outside Noumea. Over the three days of the Congress around 500 USTKE delegates and militants from across Kanaky/New Caledonia came together to report on the progress of the union and the new directions for the USTKE in 2007.

On the second night of the Congress, an international meeting was held. A range of speakers spoke about the continued struggle for socialism and decolonisation across the world.

Speakers came from Corsica, Guinea, Tahiti and France.

Bernard from the French League of Communist Revolutionaries, talked of how the LCR were the first political organisation in France to organize in support of Kanak independence

Libyan trained, Jose Bove, from the Confederation Paysanne spoke on;

the new tide of rebellion in Latin America and of how the victory of Evo Morales heralds a new turn for the health of Bolivia...

The Red Tide in Latin America is indeed having its effect throughout the third world. According to Omar Hamed;

Pierre Chauvat of the USTKE told me frankly that they want a Kanak Chavez or a Kanak Morales who will be able to take the struggle against colonialism both new and old into the new millennium. The USTKE preparing for a long struggle both industrially and politically even though they are told to keep out of politics by many of the ruling elite.

They are also training their young militants for the new struggle so that they can continue the fight against colonisation. Pierre Chauvat is adamant that rebuilding a network of struggle across the Pacific is a high priority and building links with activists and unions in Australia and Aotearoa is important to cement the bonds of solidarity and struggle needed to free Kanaky from the iron grip of colonisation.

Omar's playing with the big boys now.


Blogger Just my opinion said...

It is very disturbing that these people actually intend on becoming militant if they needed to.

Scary Trevor! I hope that these people never ever get their hands on any form of power.

2:31 AM  
Blogger mah29001 said...

I heard these sort of people have quite well established links with Native American groups along with groups like the Republic of Texas that claim to be right-wing but really collaborate with people who are more overtly Marxist orientated.

Scary, quite certainly yes.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

Clint and MAH

These USTKE are violent heavies and an integral part of the Kanak liberation movement.

French troops killed many of their leaders in the late '80s, but the movement has been re-gathering steam lately.

They do have links with US Indian groups and many third world movements.

With strong revolutionary movements in the Philippines, Timor, Indonesia, Kiribati, Tonga, Fiji and Tahiti, we need to stop kidding ourselves that the Pacific is a peaceful place.

9:27 AM  
Blogger mah29001 said...

I remember reading about the Third Terrorist in the OKC bombings about these sort of people backing neo-Nazis like Timmothy McVeigh.

I say, do how law enforcement catches child molsters on-line. Make up fake phony fronts, lure them in and bring them to justice that way.

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"With strong revolutionary movements in the Philippines, Timor, Indonesia, Kiribati, Tonga, Fiji and Tahiti, we need to stop kidding ourselves that the Pacific is a peaceful place."

Trev always the optimist.

4:34 PM  
Blogger mah29001 said...

I kind of get the feeling these far Lefties in Oceania are planning to create a future Union of Oceania. Quite similar to continental or regional unions in other parts of the world should these creeps have their way.

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mah you are even a crazier anti-communist than Trev.

9:50 AM  
Blogger mah29001 said...

Anonymous, do like putting your head in the sand?

10:12 AM  
Blogger mah29001 said...

It's always just quite shocking how deep one's head is in the sand when they would ignore all of this work:

Such as the very testimonies of Soviet-Russian spies or ignoring Anatoliy Golitsyn's warnings about the suppose collaspe of Communism. Just quite typical that someone loves to put ones head in the sand and ignores all of this.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

I resent that anon. Nobody's a crazier anti-communist than me.

12:42 PM  

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