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Belgium (Wallonie), Far-Left Party at 8,1% of Vote in Opinion Polls.

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Regional Elections take place in Belgium on May the 25th.

La Libre Belgique reports that the new far-left alliance PTB-Go  is at 8,1 (+0,5) of the vote in the French-speaking region of Wallionie according to the latest opinion poll.

The Socialists stand at nearly 30%, which is stable, while the Ecologists (Ecolo) are at 11%. The centre-right, MR is at 22,6% while the centrist CdH is only just above the PTB-Go at 9,4%

In Brussels the PTB-Go- PVDA  (its Dutch name, Partij van de Arbeid van België,)  is at 7,2% just behind the Ecologists  – 8, 0%.

In Flanders the hard-right N-VA (independentists) of Bart de Wever are far in front with 32,9% of voting intentions. The  Socialist Party (Socialistische Partij anders), the equivalent of the Labour Party, only gets 13,6%. The Flemish equivalent of PTB-Go, the PVDA +   is at a high 4,1%.

As the PTB-GO  site says, this is good news for the new alliance, though, it is, they underline, an opinion poll, which may, as in the past, over-estimate their real vote.

The Workers’ Party of Belgium (Dutch Partij van de Arbeid van België, PVDA, French Parti du Travail de Belgique, PTB) has over 8,000 members  (background here (English).

The party, from a Marxist-Leninist origin, is now aligned with the Trotskyist Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire (LCR),  Socialistische Arbeiderspartij and the Belgium Communist Party (PC), to form PTB-go! (go – gauche d’ouverture).

It was initially formed in 2012 from an appeal by trade unionists and other activists. Its influence, as can be seen, has grown.

In Brussels smaller parties (including, according to La Libre Belgique,  apparently the Pirate Party) are aligned with this list.

More information on PTB-Go site here.


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  1. Reblogged this on Per la Sinistra Unita.


    April 17, 2014 at 1:46 pm

  2. People may be interested in this, on the founder of the POB,

    “Ludo Martens (12 March 1946 – 5 June 2011) was a Belgian political activist noted for his work on francophone Africa and the Soviet Union. Martens wrote on the political history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he lived and travelled extensively.

    In 1968 he founded the group Alle macht aan de arbeiders (“All Power to the Workers”), which in 1979 became the Workers’ Party of Belgium. He also served as chairman of the Workers’ Party.

    Martens was the last foreigner to meet North Korean President Kim Il Sung prior to his death on 8 July 1994.

    According to a press release by the Workers’ Party,[1] Martens died on the morning of June 5, 2011, after a long illness.

    In 1994, Martens published Another View of Stalin,[2] a history of the Soviet Union under Stalin that challenges in particular the historically accepted view of collectivisation in the USSR and the Great Purge. He explained his motivation for writing the book in the introduction:

    Defending Stalin’s work, essentially defending Marxism-Leninism, is an important, urgent task in preparing ourselves for class struggle under the New World Order.

    Martens writes primarily in French; however, his books, especially Another View of Stalin, have been translated into Dutch, English, and numerous other languages.

    In Another View of Stalin, Martens regards as the main factor behind the Ukrainian famine (Holodomor) to be bad conditions and alleged class enemy.[3] With regard to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s research Gulag Archipelago, Martens stated:

    This man became the official voice for the five per cent of Tsarists, bourgeois, speculators, kulaks, pimps, maffiosi and Vlasovites, all justifiably repressed by the socialist state.[4]


    Andrew Coates

    April 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm

  3. There are some people I might trust to represent my class interests. There are some people I might trust to teach history. Mostly, they won’t be the same people. There are very few people I would trust to do both, and most people I would not trust to do either.


    April 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm

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