Born in struggle, grown in struggle. These are perfect words to describe the power of Left-Wing that springs up this year. It doesn’t come naturally, however, it’s steeled in struggles against oppression.
“But the spirit of Marxism is fighting. Without fighting spirit, well-decorated books is no more than a death notice, and the academy to be named Marxism is just the grave to bury thoughts.”
The year of 2018, was the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx birth, and the 170th anniversary of the publication of the Communist Manifesto. Nevertheless, the Revolutionary theories have been shaped as harmless idols standing in temples; The heartless and blood-thirsted bourgeoisie have returned; and sweat, blood, and tears of the working class flow under the neon lights of the prospering metropolis. “Today, a miasmal mist once more rising, we hail Sun Wukong, the wonder-worker.” The rebelling scream of the working class shattered the dreams of illusive peace, and the war songs of Marxism, Leninism and Maoism once again echoed over the land of China.
The Jasic Worker Movement in Shenzhen revealed the new chapter of the solidarity between the Chinese students and working class. The insane crackdown and retaliation by the reactionary powers in the past year had proved that the great practice of intelligentsia-worker solidarity, like a sharp bayonet, stabbed into Guangdong,the leading province of ‘Reform and Opening-up’.
Mi Jiuping, Yu Juncong, Liu Penghua, Li Zhan…a generation of progressive and conscious workers bypassed the stage of pure-economical appealing in the former worker movements; instead, they strived in order to earn a seat in the factory systems which was long held by the capitalists – to form a worker’s own labor union. This bold attempt terrified the capitalists, embarrassed the puppet union, and warned the reactive powers, and resulted in ruthless suppressions.
When the appeal for a labor union by the Jasic Workers echoed, when the workers, being constitutionally “the ruling class of the country”, got arrested or even tortured for striving for their own benefit, how could the left-wing just stand aside? On July 27th, 2018, about 30 workers were arrested in Yanziling Police Station, which aroused the voices of solidarity from all around the world. People striving for justice gathered in Pearl River Delta and formed the Jasic Worker Supporting Group, and cried for justice for the Jasic workers.
Fresh to all of us, there were numbers of young voices in the Supporting Group. From the new generations of workers who were walking on their way to Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, to students from universities all over China, to the left youths who abandoned their fame as elite-college graduates and stood along with the workers. They stood together under the scorching sun of Guangdong, exclaimed for the rights and the pride of the working class. It’s now an indisputable fact that the fresh Left-Wing is growing steadily under the banner of the Solidarity of Workers and Students, and is forming an unbreakable alliance during the struggle.
With fearless spirits, harsh storm is nothing to us. After the crackdown on Aug. 24th, some JSG comrades escaped the authority’s stalking and made their way to join the event commemorating chairman Mao in Shaoshan (Mao’s hometown). Students from various universities also launched the defense against the repression of left-wing student organizations, representing the rebellious sparkles around the nation. Even the abrupt sneaky arrest at multiple cities in early November didn’t deter our unyielding comrades, who will continue to fight without hesitation.With fearless spirits, harsh storm is nothing to us. After the crackdown on Aug. 24th, some JSG comrades escaped the authority’s stalking and made their way to join the event commemorating chairman Mao in Shaoshan (Mao’s hometown). Students from various universities also launched the defense against the repression of left-wing student organizations, representing the rebellious sparkles around the nation. Even the abrupt sneaky arrest at multiple cities in early November didn’t deter our unyielding comrades, who will continue to fight without hesitation.
170 years ago, Karl Marx wrote down the maxim of proletariat movement: “Workers of the world, unite!” The Jasic Worker Supporting Group stands not only for the workers who were striving for a labor union, but for all our comrades of the working class who are currently under suppression and exploitation. From the veterans in Pingdu, to the Black Lung workers in Shenzhen, and to all of our comrades under suppression in our country, we have proved ourselves with action supporting the working class, and the supporting all the oppressed ones.
The road of Marxism will be broadened! During our endeavor, the hailstorm of suppression instead made stronger and stronger. On December 26th, the 125th birthday of Chairman Mao Zedong, 4 representatives of Supporting Group went to his birth place, Shaoshan. Their passionating speeches and ringing voices of songs earned the bravo from the audience. People from all parts of the country, fearless of the tricks of the authority, joined the Supporting Group for justice and provided their effort to rescue the arrested comrades.
For the comrades who are still struggling in jail, we share a poem by HE Jingping, a communist who was killed in prison before the dawn of new China in 1949:
Today,We’re in jail, so what?!
For the generations to come Free from suffering We’re willing to fight until the prison is blasted to the ground!
Everyone of JSG is ready to stand with the comrades in capitalist-backed prison, and to sacrifice everything for the liberation of working class, to get ready to be arrested and put on the shackles by the dirty police in Guangdong who stand with the capitalists!
At this turning point, a quote of chairman Mao is most appropriate from all progressive youth around country:‘To see whether a youth is revolutionary or not, what is the criterion? The only criterion is to see if he/she is willing to join and work with the massive working people.’The journey of worker-student alliance has just initiated. We believe, there will be more people joining this great journey, being the leading force of history!
Looking back on 2018, the Jasic Workers’ Supporting Group has overcome all kinds of suppressions.
Looking forward to 2019, our comrades are still in prison, workers have not yet been liberated.Thus, we have to maintain the solidarity and continue the struggle.
Comrades, let’s make up our minds, fear no losses, eliminate all difficulties, and strive for victory!