Fujimori flunkeys defend the fascist organisations of the old state and defend FUJIMORI himself - a democrat! They live in democracy, they say! Free parties, free unions!

hariette spierings hariette at easynet.co.uk
Wed Oct 9 18:38:46 MDT 1996

Fujimori flunkeys defend the fascist organisations of the old state and
defend FUJIMORI himself - a democrat!  They live in democracy, they say!
Free parties, free unions!

What else?  Ah, I was forgetting, it is only "Shining Path" - the nasty
terrorists - who are agisnt the Peruvian "Left"

However here is the voice of the Peruvian "left":

"The socialist model should be re-thought as a model that must recognise the
role of the market....... we also need to re-evaluate our platform.  We need
a process of globalisation and integration to the world...... the current
world situation challenges us to change some concrete and FUNDAMENTAL
programatical positions"   Javier Diez Canseco - from the "extreme left"
Party Of Mariateguist Unification (PUM).  (Quoted by Hernan Ospina and
Kathleen DeClerq).

In other words;  Gorbachev revisionism!  Fitting like a glove with
Fujimori's Yeltsinism!

With this argument you are winning the war for public opinion among the
communists abroad for us, and single handed!  Keep going!  You are only
picking stones and dropping them on your own feet!  Well done!

Adolfo Olaechea

>The following is forwarded from Poder Obrero :
>Jorn from Denmark wrote correctly:
>> I think we have had much more information on the
>>state of the *mass organizations*, especially *workers'* organizations >from
>their quite few posts than we have had from the *hundreds* of posts >of
>Oleachea. I *have* read a lot of his posts - too many - but *very* >little is
>said about the state of the workers' mass organizations.
>>What I find most provoking is the (Oleachea line of) argument that if >you
>criticize the PCP_SL then you are objectively an agent of Fujimoro.
>We just received an e-mail re-sent from somebody in the marxist list in
>which is published two journal of another PCPSL faction (The Red Flag). In
>of their multiple articles is there any reference to the workers'
>Olaechea replied to Jorn:
>"The state of the Peruvian "working class organisations" under fascism!
>Under conditions of fascism, such unions, which in Peru, at the best of
>times, congregated only about 15% of the work force, are not fighting unions
>and cannot be fighting unions, irrespective of the wishes of some or even the
>majority of its members."
>This is simply fantastic misinformation.
>For the PCPSL *everybody is "FASCIST"*:
>- The nationalist Nasserite junta in 1968-75;
>- All the democratic parliamentary civic bourgeois regimes since the 1980s
>(including the APRA, member of the second [social democratic] international)
> - All the regimes in the so call socialist countries (from the former USSR to
>China, Vietnam and Cuba).
>_ All the left, the trotskyists and the workers unions.
>Peru lives under a bourgeois democratic parliamentary system with strong
>bonapartist and militaristic characteristics. We are not living in
>conditions like Hitler, Mussolini or Franco in which one single mass party
>smashed the unions and the parliamentary institutions.
>We have a regime which has many legal parties and unions. Fujimori was
>elected with more than 50% in 1990 and later in 1995. Of course "our"
>is much different than in Europe. We have state of
>emergency in half of the country. There are masked military tribunal which can
>judge "terrorists" and sentence them to be in jail all their lives. There are
>terrible anti-union laws. It's a militarised pseudo-democracy.
>Olaechea condemned the Peruvian unions as bosses unions which supported
>fascism. That's *completely false*.For him there "are not fighting unions
>and cannot be fighting unions".
>Lets see some examples. In 1976 a strong fishery workers strikes started a
>process of workers regroupment. On 19 July 1977 tens of national unions plus
>the CGTP (main national union confederation led by the pro-Moscow CP) launched
>a 24 hours massive general strike. The workers made barricades and they pushed
>the junta to return to the barracks. In May 1978 several regions were in
>general strike, in May a 48 general hours strike shaken the country and
>miner, teacher and student strikes happened after. In 1978 the state workers,
>who were not allowed to have unions, created the CITE, a single union with
>than 1/2 million members which also organised demonstrations with tens of
>thousands. In 1978 in Moquegua, Pucalpa and other regions the population
>started to created people's assemblies and defensive fronts as proto-soviets.
>The trotskyists became the MAIN force in the left. We were particularity
>strong amongst the metallurgical, iron, miners, shoe, chemical, bank and
>textile workers. Nevertheless, the pro-Moscow CP led the industrial unions,
>pro-China CP unions  led the students and teachers and the "new left" (later
>the PUM) led the peasant unions. The PCPSL was COMPLETELY ABSENT from that
>process. They openly advocated the destruction of all these organisations and
>to BOYCOTT the general strikes.
>In the 1980s the Peruvian, Ecuatorian, Bolivian, Argentinean and Chilean
>unions made several general strikes. The most radical point in Peru was
1988 in
>which we had 4 general strikes. In november 1987 3,000 delegates for most of
>the workers, peasants and shanty towns organisations created a proto-soviet:
>In the late 1980s the PCPSL modified its tactic towards the unions. They
>started to penetrate into them. Nevertheless, they opposed the general
>strikes. They called for "armed strikes" which were not convened by the
>unions but by secret elites. In reality they were massive lock outs in which
>the small bosses closed their business because they were afraid to be
bombed or
>In the late 1980s the miners made two big general strikes. The PCPSL adopted a
>very provocative attitude. They destroyed electricity posts and
>miner/industrial plants. They killed MANY union leaders in the middle of
>rank and file assemblies. They told the miners that their assemblies have to
>take no action except orders from their party.
>Saul Cantoral, the general secretary of the Peruvian miners union, was
>killed and his corpse there was a sign of the PCPSL. He was much more
>radical than Scargill. he claim to be marxist-leninist and he openly had some
>sympathies with the MRTA, another guerrilla groups which the PCPSL also tried
>to destroy.
>We don't support the union bureaucracy. In every union congress the
>trotskyists fought against the stalinists and the United Left.
Nevertheless, we
>think that it is possible to influence the unions. In fact, different
>trotskyist forces led very important union : from the two main banks, from
>mines, from the biggest iron, from the textile union, two of the biggest
>metallurgical factories, etc.
>Olaechea said that the Peruvian unions "are not fighting unions and cannot be
>fighting unions". So, what they are? For him there are "fascist" and "bosses"
>union incapable of being reformed and for that reason they have to be SMASHED.
>In Peru in the late 1980s it was possible to see some graffiti in the walls
>which said "Smash the CGTP", "Smash the People's assembly; fascist body".
>Olaechea said;
>"Moreover, what the Fujimori flunkeys are defending is not the rank and file
>workers who are memebers of the Unions, but the Union bosses, such as the
>Peruvian Willis, and what - an insult to the miner's leader who under British
>conditions stands apart from the run of the mill Union bosses in many aspects
>Scargill - they call the "peruvian Scargill".
>Olaechea is justifying the assassination of union leaders (from very
>combative ones to stalinist bureaucrats).
>Olaechea wrote :
>"the question of the character of the "General Strikes" called by the Union
>bosses and the role these play in the counter-insurgency strategy of the
>As every body can see, Olaechea characterised the general strikes against
>the regime and the bosses as part of the "counter-insurgency strategy of the
>reactionaries". The conclusion, the PCPSL have to fight ARMS IN HANDS
>against such strikes!
>In one e-mail Olaechea said that 90% of Peruvians are unemployed. Now he
>decided to change. He put a quotation of a left reformist which said:
>"I am sure not to be mistaken in saying that FROM 1975 to 1992 THE WORKING
>we are going backwards as a result of an economic crisis which EVERY-DAY
>generates more recession, more PARALYSIS OF THE PRODUCTIVE APPARATUS,
>millions of street hawkers just eking the most meagre living".
>Olaechea's conclusion is that the workers class is not an important factor.
>With neo-liberal policies the percentage of the industrial workers in all the
>imperialist world diminished and the workers in services increased in number.
>The combative British mines are almost all closed. We recognised that the
>working class suffered a defeat and is in organisational and numerical
>There are new laws which nearly
>prohibit the right to strike. The level of unionisation is very low.
>Nevertheless there are thousands of new companies with new super-exploited
>workers who have to work more than 8 hours every day for weekly wages that are
>less than one hour work of a German worker.
>We want to be part of the reorganisation process of the Peruvian workers
>movement. The PCPSL is responsible for the disorganisation and destruction of
>many unions. They defend the small property which is against the wage workers.
>The PCPSL is against the big companies but also against the industrial
>As every body can see Olaechea openly described the Peruvian workers
>organisations as "fascists", "not fighting unions and cannot be fighting
>unions", etc. He also said that the general strikes played a "reactionary"
>in the counter-insurgency strategy.
>Poder Obrero
>jplant at cix.compulink.co.uk
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