UIT-CI/CEI Coordinating Committee Statement about the situation in Tunisia.
On February 6,Â ChoukryÂ BelaÃ¯d,Â leaderÂ of theÂ UnifiedÂ DemocraticÂ PatrioticÂ Movement â€“ Marxist-inspiredÂ pan-ArabÂ forceÂ and one ofÂ the leading organizations of the Popular FrontÂ of Tunisia â€“ was killed,.Â TwoÂ days later,Â a general strikeÂ andÂ mass protestsÂ wereÂ the best responseÂ to this crime.
On behalf of theÂ UIT-CI/CEIÂ Coordinating Committee:
1. We expressÂ our solidarityÂ with the family ofÂ theÂ murderedÂ comrade,Â his partyÂ and theÂ Popular Front.Â We demandÂ the investigationÂ and punishment ofÂ the perpetratorsÂ of the crimeÂ and the policy makers politically responsible for the crime.
2. We denounce theÂ responsibility, eitherÂ active orÂ passive, ofÂ theÂ IslamistÂ EnnahdaÂ party ruleÂ for the impunityÂ with which the so-calledÂ LeaguesÂ forÂ Defense of the RevolutionÂ acts â€“Â these areÂ vigilante groupsÂ armed by the government which must be dissolved.Â Â Additionally, theÂ IslamistÂ EnnahdaÂ partyÂ has refused to move forward with breaking away withÂ theÂ old regime;Â with cleansing of theÂ policeÂ and judiciaryÂ with financialÂ reparations toÂ victimsÂ of the revolution, just asÂ it hasÂ continuedÂ to repress protests.Â AfterÂ more than a yearÂ in power,Â the government ofÂ the TroikaÂ has done nothingÂ to improve theÂ situation of theÂ workers and the peopleÂ who liveÂ underÂ unemploymentÂ and misery.Â Their wholeÂ policyÂ has been based onÂ neoliberal measuresÂ to keepÂ foreign investmentÂ and agreementsÂ with the imperialists (IMF,Â EU, Qatar,Â SaudiÂ Arabia)Â and the multinationals.Â InsteadÂ of responding toÂ the demands ofÂ breadÂ andÂ workÂ that hadÂ been at the heartÂ of the revolution, this policyÂ has increased unemploymentÂ and poverty.
3. We welcomeÂ demonstrationsÂ expressingÂ popularÂ rejectionÂ of these policiesÂ suchÂ asÂ theÂ strugglesÂ inÂ SilianaÂ orÂ theÂ Gafsa mining regionÂ for employment.Â They are the continuityÂ of the revolutionary processÂ thatÂ beganÂ in December 2010.Â We believe thatÂ the centralÂ dilemmaÂ forÂ the Tunisian peopleÂ todayÂ isÂ not IslamÂ orÂ secularism;Â but whetherÂ or notÂ progress is being madeÂ in the way ofÂ the revolutionÂ to meet theÂ needsÂ ofÂ the exploitedÂ (bread, workÂ and freedom ) andÂ inÂ a break with theÂ old regime.
4. We understandÂ that there is noÂ outlet forÂ the Tunisian massesÂ that revolted againstÂ BenÂ AliÂ ifÂ nothing is doneÂ to put allÂ the country’s resourcesÂ in the service ofÂ public employment schemes,Â withÂ the nationalization ofÂ strategic assets, non-paymentÂ of debt and aÂ break withÂ the EU, whichÂ isÂ inÂ the service of imperialismÂ and has been builtÂ against the workers.Â This also meansÂ deepeningÂ theÂ democraticÂ content of the revolution, smashing allÂ the repressive apparatusÂ of the old regime.Â InÂ our opinionÂ both objectivesÂ are inextricably linked:Â withoutÂ progress to ensureÂ decent work for allÂ there will be noÂ possibility ofÂ consolidation of democratic freedoms.Â WithoutÂ deepeningÂ the revolutionÂ theÂ field will be left clearÂ for reactionary sectors andÂ theÂ murderousÂ vigilanteÂ groupsÂ toÂ continueÂ acting againstÂ the working class,Â the popular sector and the left.
5. To our knowledge,Â this developmentÂ will be impossibleÂ whileÂ maintainingÂ alliances andÂ policies withÂ no clearÂ class content,Â unequivocally on the sideÂ of the workers,Â ofÂ theÂ army of unemployed youth,Â ofÂ theÂ impoverished peasantry.Â From our pointÂ of view,Â the allianceÂ ofÂ “all againstÂ Ennahda”Â proposedÂ by sectors of the TunisianÂ leftâ€”Â whichÂ wouldÂ recycleÂ elements ofÂ the old regimeÂ such asÂ NidahÂ TunisÂ (an oldÂ MinisterÂ of the dictatorship)Â who supportedÂ repression inÂ Silianaâ€”Â does not helpÂ advance in the constructionÂ of a political alternativeÂ imperativeÂ to place in the handsÂ of Tunisian workersÂ a toolÂ that would be useful in the service ofÂ the revolution.
6. We believeÂ that the government ofÂ EnnahdaÂ has failed andÂ cannot respondÂ to the dreams ofÂ the Tunisian revolution.Â We supportÂ the formation ofÂ a workerâ€™s and peopleâ€™s governmentÂ with theÂ UGTTÂ and the Popular FrontÂ detached fromÂ all ties withÂ the dictatorshipÂ andÂ neoliberalÂ Islamism.
February 18, 2013
UIT-CI/CEIÂ Coordinating Committee