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“One World, One Movement!” This is the theme of the May Day’s march of the workers in Vancouver this year. But is this not the true essence of every May Day gathering in Stockholm, Moscow, London, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, Cairo, Tehran and every other corner of this world? For nearly two centuries we have known that together we are “one movement and one world.” We have known that this world is built on our shoulders, and the richer we make it, the lesser our share of the wealth we produce becomes. We have known this, and generation after generation has fought to change this upside-down world. But there is a different clang to the slogan “One World, One Movement” this year.
The campaigns we have witnessed in the past year in France, Britain, United States, and Greece, as well as the chain of revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia and the whole of North Africa and the Middle East region, open a different horizon in front of us. After nearly three decades of the most reactionary bourgeois forces being on the offensive, now a different discourse begins in the world. Since the 80s of the past century, the world’s political arena has been the scene of undisputed ravages of the “free market,” the “New Right,” the “New World Order,” the “War on Terror” and capital’s undisputed attack on the achievements, livelihoods and rights of workers and deprived masses across the globe. This situation is now changing, and revolutions, the overthrowing of dictators by the force of revolutionary people, the mass involvement of millions to determine their own destiny are among those serious factors contending for influence in the global political arena . It is under these circumstances that the slogan of “One World, One Movement” in the workers’ May Day march finds new meaning: This world needs a united global movement to free itself. The force that intends to lead and is capable of leading this movement to victory is the struggle and unity of the working class across the world.
Comrades, wherever in the world you are, unite! We can neutralize the bourgeoisie’s dirty tactics – ethnicity, religion, color, gender, “national interest,” and so on – to create division in our ranks. We share the same destiny and need each others’ help. We depend on your support for victory over the Islamic Republic and the establishment of freedom and equality in Iran. But our victory is definitely yours too. Join hands and unite ever more determined. Unite for the emancipation of the world and all humanity from the yoke of capital’s exploitation and dictatorship. Today, the world more than ever needs to respond to this call of the Communist Manifesto: “Proletariat of the world unite!”
Worker-communist Party of Iran
April 27, 2011