Sunday, May 23, 2010

nternational Communist Seminar (ICS) held in Brussels on the crisis and the action of the communist parties

Press Statement

International Communist Seminar (ICS) held in Brussels on the crisis and the action of the communist parties –

From May 14-16, 2010, 41 communist and workers parties from 37 countries gathered in Brussels for the 19th International Communist Seminar, hosted by the Workers' Party of Belgium. Among the participants were representatives of communist parties from three socialist countries: the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Communist Party of Cuba.

The Seminar's theme was the “The consequences of the economic crisis and the intervention of communist parties”. The participants presented papers and held discussions on the deepening of the crisis of capitalism and about the concrete interventions of communist parties in the ongoing class struggles. A document with general conclusions on “The Communist Parties facing the deepening of the capitalist systemic crisis“ was formulated, discussed and adopted.

The Seminar sent a solidarity message to the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), just in time to be read before the massive, KKE-led protest rally on May 15 in Athens. Three specific resolutions were adopted at the Seminar, all three of them to express solidarity with countries, peoples and workers in struggle against imperialism and capitalism. A first one stresses solidarity with Cuba, a second one with the Palestinian and other peoples in the Middle East, and a last one with the mineworkers in the Russian city of Mezhdurechensk, victims of a mine accident and of State repression.

The Seminar participants agreed to organize next year's 20th International Communist Seminar from May 13-15, 2011 in Brussels. It will have as theme “The building and strengthening of the communist parties in times of a deepening capitalist systemic crisis”.

All documents of the 19th International Communist Seminar will be made available at

List of participants

1. Afghanistan, United Party of Afghanistan
2. Albania, Communist Party of Albania
3. Algeria, Parti Algérien pour la Démocratie et le Socialisme (PADS)
4. Belarus, For the Union and the Communist Party of the Union
5. Belgium, Workers' Party of Belgium
6. Brazil, Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB)
7. Congo, Democratic Republic of, Congolese Communist Party
8. Costa Rica, Partido Vanguardia Popular
9. Cuba, Partido Comunista de Cuba
10. Denmark, Danish Communist Party
11. El Salvador, Partido Comunista de El Salvador (PCS)
12. France, PRCF - Pôle de Renaissance communiste en France
13. France, URCF - Union des Révolutionnaires-Communistes de France
14. Greece, Communist Party of Greece (KKE)
15. Hungary, Hungarian Communist Workers' Party
16. Iran, Tudeh Party of Iran
17. Italy, Rete dei Comunisti
18. Lao, People's Democratic Republic, Lao People's Revolutionary Party
19. Latvia, Socialist Party of Latvia
20. Lebanon, Parti Communiste Libanais
21. Luxemburg, Parti Communiste du Luxembourg (KPL)
22. Malta, Communist Party of Malta
23. Morocco, Voie démocratique
24. Netherlands, New Communist Party Netherlands (NCPN)
25. Palestine, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
26. Peru, Partido Comunista Peruano
27. Philippines, Communist Party of the Philippines
28. Russia, Communist Party of the Russian Federation
29. Russia, Russian Communist Workers' Party - Revolutionary Party of Communists
30. Russia, Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU)
31. Spain, Partido Comunista de los Pueblos de España
32. Sweden, Communist Party (KP)
33. Switzerland, Parti Suisse du Travail (PST/POP)
34. Syria, Syrian Communist Party
35. Tunisia, Parti du Travail patriotique et démocratique de Tunisie
36. Turkey, Communist Party of Turkey (TKP)
37. Turkey, Party of Labour (EMEP)
38. Ukraine, Union of Communists
39. United Kingdom, Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist)
40. USA, Freedom Road Socialist Organization
41. Vietnam, Socialist Republic of, Communist Party of Vietnam

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