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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
Kim Jong-un has joined the growing movement to defend Comrade Andy Newman.
“Full attack. March Forward. Let’s Absolutely Finish Building Masik Pass Ski Resort Within This Year By Launching A Full Aggressive War and Full Battle.”
As part of the celebrations for the opening of this historic step forward for the Korean working class Comrade Any Newman has been invited to an, all expenses-paid, fortnight at the latest example of the victory of the Juche philosophy.
Colonel Harold Adrian Russell “Kim” Philby (Retired) writes,
“Comrade Newman has shown sterling work over the years.
Shoot the mad dogs“.
In a surprise move the son of “Che” Guevara has emerged from the Wiltshire jungle where he has been waging a thirty year long guerilla war, to give his backing to the campaign.
“¡Hasta la Victoria Siempre Andy!”
Many people might not recall the right-wing columnist, David Aaronovitch, but here he is in full fettle,
They were the most sexy left group on campus – smoking dope, dropping acid, bonking and partying.
WHEN I was first at college, the most romantic and sexy left group on campus was Tariq Ali’s International Marxist Group. They smoked dope, they dropped acid, they bonked, they argued, they partied. When they got militant the blokes all put on denim jackets, tartan scarves and black gloves, and occupied things. And the IMG women were cool, too, divided between free-loving Alexandra Kollontais and Earth Mothers.
Echoes of this past were ringing in my ears when I read the accounts this week of the attempts by Liz Davies, the ousted Labour candidate for Leeds, to get elected to the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party this autumn. She is part of a slate – the “centre-left” slate, no less – which is canvassing for the votes of ordinary Labour Party members, even as I write. She’s had a very good press for, after all, what is she doing, other than trying to debate, in a party that now stifles debate? Poor Liz.
And Poor Liz campaigns more in sorrow than in anger. This is part of her election statement: “During the general election campaign, tens of thousands of Party members worked long hours… because they believed a Labour government would build a fairer, more compassionate and more collective society,” she says. But what happened? “Tragically, the New Labour Government has implemented or proposed measures which will have exactly the opposite effect.” So what can we do, Liz? “This year’s NEC elections are a critical and historic opportunity for party members to express their disappointment with the Government and their alarm over its apparent future direction.”
Liz’s slate is a heterodox one, bringing together various groups. But Liz’s bit of it, Labour Left Briefing, may be slightly less amazed by the failure of Tony Blair to be their kind of guy than is the ordinary disappointed activist in the Clapham smoke-filled room. Because, in fact, they never thought that the PM would usher in “a fairer, more compassionate, more collective society”.
More here. At the time Labour Briefing’s ‘Inner circle’ (about 12 people) had two former members of the IMG. Leonora Lloyd and me. Oh and by the way we won 2 out of the six seats on the Labour Party National Executive.