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There is now a new grouping inside the Front de Gauche, «Ensemble. Mouvement pour une alternative de gauche, écologiste et solidaire». (Together: movement for a left ecological and social alternative), Ensemble claims the place of the Third Pole inside the Front de gauche (FdG) next to the PCF (French Communist Party and the PG (left party, led by Jean Luc-Mélenchon). (Humanité)
The new grouping was set up last weekend at the Bourse du travail de Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis)
One of its distinguishing features is that it will be possible to be an individual member – something you cannot do with the Front de Gauche as a whole (you have to join one of the parties in the bloc).
This is an indication of Ensemble’s aim to “Open the Windows” of the FdG to a wider public.
These are the groups (already part of the FdG) that have united to form the new alliance.
La Fédération pour une alternative sociale et écologique (Fase), les Alternatifs, Convergence et alternative, la Gauche anticapitaliste (ex Nouveau Parti anticapitaliste, NPA) and a part of la Gauche unitaire (also from the NPA) . Individuals who have joined include the economist Pierre Khalfa and the former president of the Syndicat de la magistrature (magistrates trade union) Évelyne Sire-Marin.
Wikipedia (French) has more information here.
Official Site of Ensemble. Mouvement pour une alternative de gauche, écologiste et solidaire here.
Report on the founding conference in Politis.
They state that it has “all the attributes of a political party”.
Their own policy, they announce, is that they will only help create a new party on a solid and politically clear basis – - something they implicitly state Ensemble is not.
In view of this the Gauche Unitaire declares that the 35 of its members who have joined the new grouping are in contradiction with their organisation’s own statues (Article 6 of their Constitution).
By joining another political party they are therefore no longer members of the Gauche Unitaire.
South London Slavery Case: Allegations Focus on Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought
The Sunday Times reports, (Hat-Tips F.W. D.O. and to Paul F)
A COUPLE suspected of holding three women captive for 30 years in a London home were introduced to two of the victims through a Marxist political “collective”.
Detectives have revealed that the man arrested last week met the two older victims “through a shared political ideology”. Separate sources said the couple and the two women were members of a Marxist-Communist group that lived together in the capital in the 1970s.
Commander Steve Rodhouse of the Metropolitan police said the couple, an Indian man and a Tanzanian woman, both 67, came to Britain in the 1960s.
“We believe that two of the victims met the male suspect in London through a shared political ideology and that they lived together at an address that you could effectively call a ‘collective’, ” he said.
A far-right site has declared that the ideology involved was “a Maoist variant of Marxist-Leninism.”
The main suspect in the case is Aravindan Balakrishnan.
In the summer of 1974 Balakrishnan (known to his friends as Comrade Bala) split from what was then the UK’s leading Maoist group, the Communist Party of England (Marxist-Leninist), having previously been a member of the party’s national executive and central committee.
Comrade Bala set up the Brixton institute, taking with him a small faction of Maoist fanatics. His group was among several analysed in a 1978 doctoral thesis by a researcher at University College London, who described the institute as “the clearest case of far-left millenarianism which I have encountered, …a tiny Maoist sect with about 25 members, located in the Brixton area. …In 1977, they confidently predicted that the world would be liberated from capitalist oppression by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army before the end of the year.”
The Daily Telegraph has confirmed this,
he two suspects in the south London slavery case ran a Communist collective in the 1970s that worshipped the Chinese leader Chairman Mao, the Daily Telegraph has learned.
The husband and wife, who are from India and Tanzania originally, were arrested last week on suspicion of holding three women against their will for more than 30-years.
It is alleged they subjected them to beatings and emotional abuse and were only allowed to leave their Brixton flat in controlled circumstances.
The pair, who are both aged 69, arrived in Britain in the 1960s and were associated with a number of extreme left political groups known to the police and security services.
Last month a 57-year-old Irish woman contacted the Freedom Charityto report that she and two other women were being held as slaves.
The Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought declared in 1977.
When beloved Chairman Mao passed away on September 9, last year, our comrades worked tirelessly to transform our profound grief into great strength. Right in the heart of the revolutionary base area in Brixton we have opened from October 1, 1976, the MAO ZEDONG MEMORIAL CENTRE – a workers’ Centre, Library and Bookshop – the only one of its kind in the world. Thousands of working people have visited the Centre and hundreds of them have participated in the vigorous revolutionary programme (meetings, film shows, etc.) conducted by the Institute. A steady core of them are now attending regularly the Political Evening School and the theoretical study groups which popularise invincible Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought at the Centre.
This new development in Britain, has taken the British fascist state by storm. In its vain attempt to escape the verdict of history it has spared no efforts to intimidate and harass the comrades of the Institute. Arrests, expulsions from jobs, evictions, psychological warfare in various forms, etc. have not in any way restrained our comrades, workers and intellectuals, men and women, young, middle-aged and old, of different nationalities of the world, from being the devoted soldiers of beloved Chairman Mao in the imperialist heartlands. Our comrades have steeled themselves in acute and violent class struggles in the past two years. Fearing neither hardship nor death in upholding the proletarian revolutionary line of Chairman Mao and following closely our great, glorious and correct Party, the Party of World Revolution, we are preparing ourselves to greet the greatest event in the history of mankind – the victory of world people’s revolution and the establishment of the International Dictatorship of the Proletariat!
March 31, 1977
This story is extremely tragic.
Historic Meeting Between Coatesim and Oslerism.
Discussing the finer points of dissident Lambertism.*
“Now that’s the way to deal with the Zinovievite-SWP Spy-Wrecking Centre!”
Liquidationists secretly work out hidden agenda in the Dolphin.
The Faction In Primitive Accumulation of Cadre.
“What Rough Beasts Slouched Towards China Town – Wonky’s?“
Photos from The Strop