[Marxism] Forwarded from Reihana Mohideen

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Dec 27 21:02:32 MST 2004


(Bounced because of excess length. I clipped the Greenleft Weekly article 
it was attached to.)

"Carlos A. Rivera" <cerejota at optonline.net> wrote:
If it were a hit list, those named would be long dead.

Reihana Mohideen replied:
Not so. Comrade Arturo Tabara was killed by CPP death squads only a few 
weeks ago in a public Mall. Another comrade from Negros (Daniel Batoy) was 
gunned down in Negros recently (before Tabara). His 16 year old daughter 
who was riding with him in the motorcycle was hit. The NPA assasin then 
went back and shot the daughter in the head to make sure she was dead. 
Tabara was with his son-in-law (Stephen Ong) who was also gunned down and 
killed.

The problem is the Stalinist framework of the CPP. A 
"counter-revolutionary" is open to charges of being an "enemy of the 
people" and tried in the so-called "liberated areas" by a "peoples court". 
Even Sison recognises the implications of this characterisation and has 
issued a statement yesterday that now describes the comrades named as 
"pseudo-revolutionaries" which has different implications.

As for killing only "traitors", we are fully aware of the liberal use of 
this term  to characterise political opponents in the Stalinist/Maoist 
tradition. Trotsky, Zinoviev, Radek, Kamanev and a majority of the 
Bolshevik party CC during the time of the Russian revolution were 
subsequently characterised as traitors and hounded into exile or murdered. 
So when the CPP describes someone as a traitor this characterisation has to 
be critically examined.

See the attached statement by Sonny Melencio, who was described as a 
counter-revolutionary in the article in Ang Bayan written by the CPP's 
International Department. The article describes all Trotskyist groups 
including the FI as counter-revolutionary and therefore by implication the 
comrades in the Philippines who have international links with these groups.

As for the Hacienda Luisita massacre the BMP organised a series of mass 
actions last month protesting the killings and has come out in support of 
the workers-peasants demand for land reform.
Your comment is a mere apology for Stalinist/Maoist thuggery inside the 
revolutionary movement.
Reihana

PS: A statement by concerned former CPP members has been drafted and I will 
circulate it on this list soon.


Louis Proyect
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