[Marxism] [RKOB] After the collapse of the Gaddafi regime: Where now for the Libyan Revolution?

RKOB aktiv at rkob.net
Wed Aug 24 06:00:22 MDT 2011

*After the collapse of the Gaddafi regime: Where now for the Libyan 

Resolution of the /Revolutionary Communist Organisation for Liberation/ 
(RKOB), 24.8.2011, www.rkob.net <http://www.rkob.net/>, e-mail: 
aktiv at rkob.net <mailto:aktiv at rkob.net>

1.According to many media reports the Gaddafi regime is about to 
collapse. This is great news for the rebelling working people in Libya 
and the whole Arab world and also for the international working class 
movement. As the RKOB has repeatedly stated the Gaddafi regime was in no 
way socialist or anti-imperialist. It was a state-capitalist, 
bourgeois-bonapartist regime based on the fortunes of huge oil reserves 
and the exploitation of nearly 700.000 migrant workers (close to a half 
of the total work force!). In the last years the Gaddafi regime has 
closely collaborated with European imperialism in stopping people from 
migrating via the Mediterranean Sea to the EU. It also started to 
privatise its companies and sell them to imperialist capital.

2.We restate our assessment that the uprising and the civil war in Libya 
was and is part of the Arab Revolution. This was clear from the whole 
history of the uprising which started as part of the revolutionary wave 
in spring 2011. This was also obvious from Gaddafi's repeated 
expressions of condemnation toward the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions 
and his solidarity with the fallen dictators Ben Ali and Mubarak. The 
final stage of the civil war was marked by the popular revolt in the 
working-class districts in Tripoli which is why the rebels coming from 
Western Libya met only little resistance. This once more demonstrates 
how empty the regime's claims about its popular support were. The 
popular masses did not raise a single finger to defend the dictatorship 
but instead supported the revolution.

3.Imperialist NATO undoubtedly played a role in finishing off the 
Gaddafi regime. Indeed they did everything possible to derail the 
revolution and to bring it under their control. This is why they have 
built close relations with the leadership of the rebels in Benghazi. 
However this was not of decisive importance and did not determine the 
character of revolution against Gaddafi. The lack of modern weapons, the 
militia character of the rebels, and their lack of coordination (indeed 
NATO was surprised about the sudden fall of Tripoli) all make a mockery 
of the claims by some Western socialists that the rebels were not part 
of a popular revolution but rather stooges of a CIA-conspiracy against 

4.However after the successful and welcome overthrow of the Gaddafi 
dictatorship it is necessary to repeat our warning about the dangers for 
the Libyan revolution. These dangers come from the bourgeois leadership 
around the Transitional National Council (TNC) which is prepared to 
serve the imperialists as their marionette government. This is why the 
RKOB spoke about the process of /bourgeoisification of the rebel 
movement/ and the danger of /counter-revolution within the revolution/. 
This danger becomes now particularly urgent.

5.Indeed the main danger now is that the victory of the Libyan popular 
masses will besnatched away from them and that they become politically 
expropriated by the imperialist powers and their stooges in the TNC. The 
Bolshevik-Communists therefore consider the following demands and 
tactics as essential for the working and oppressed masses in Libya to 
defend their interest:

·Build councils of actions in all enterprises, urban districts and 
villages! Elect delegates to form a workers and peasant government based 
on these councils! Down with the TNC!

·Don't dissolve the militias but rather transform them into a national 
army under the control of the councils! Smash the remaining elements of 
the regimes military and security apparatus!

·No to any privatisation of the oil industry! For the nationalisation 
under workers control of the central sectors of the industry, the 
financial sector and the service industry!

·Expropriate the foreign multinational assets! The Western government 
must give back the assets of the Gaddafi regime to the Libyan people!

·No to any NATO military and advisors in Libya!

·For an election of a revolutionary Constitutional Assembly!

·For full citizenship rights for the migrant workers! Equal wages for 
equal work!

·Equal rights for all national minorities like the Berber and the Tuareg 
and Tebu people! Down with Arab chauvinism against them! No 
discrimination of their languages! For their right of national 
self-determination including the right to have their own state

·A central task of the works movement in Europe is to fight against the 
racist policy of immigration control. They must demand from the EU 
governments to open the borders for all refugees from Libya and North 

6.The victory of the Libyan Revolution over the Gaddafi dictatorship 
must be used for a new push for the Arab Revolution -- in particular in 
Syria where the masses are struggling against the repressive apparatus 
of the Assad regime. The only road forward is the strategy of the 
permanent revolution!

7.However the permanent revolution will not succeed if a revolutionary 
party, as part of the Fifth Workers International, is not built in the 
coming period. Because only such a party -- composed of dedicated 
fighters for socialist revolution and based on a revolutionary program 
-- can lead the masses to victory against the imperialist powers, the 
local ruling class and their various liberal and reformist lackeys. The 
RKOB is dedicated to this task.

For a workers and peasant government in Libya!/

/Victory to the Arab Revolution!/

/For a socialist federation of North Africa and the Middle East!//

As a background for the RKOB's analysis of the Libyan civil war we refer 
readers to excerpts of our recently published book on the Arab Revolution:

/The Intervention of the imperialist powers in Libya, the struggle of 
the masses against Gaddafi's dictatorship and the tactics of 
revolutionary communists/


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