Leningrad (“St. Petersburg”), Russia: Lenin’s birthday marked
On April 22, 2014, the birthday of the leader of the proletariat was marked by communists worldwide. In Leningrad, a rally was organized by the Russian Communist Workers’ Party (RKRP) at Lenin Square and was attended by members of the Red Front, the militant trade unions MPRA and Protection, as well as the Komsomol (b). Red carnations were laid at the monument in a sign of respect to the memory and genius of Vladimir Lenin.
The rally was not merely about remembering. Speakers primarily paid attention to the critical issues of today: the events in Ukraine, Russia’s economic problems, and the state of monuments to Lenin in Leningrad.
Via Komsomol (b)
Ukraine: Nikolayev (Mykolaiv) Communists pay tribute to Lenin
144 years ago a man was born who was destined to radically change the course of world history by showing humanity in practice the real path to equality and social justice. On April 22, 1870, Vladimir Ilich Lenin was born.
A century and a half later, the teachings of the leader of the proletariat are as relevant as ever.
On April 22, 2014, in Nikolayev, about 200 people gathered at the pedestal of the destroyed monument to V.I. Lenin in the central square to celebrate the immortal contributions of the great revolutionary.
Today, as a century ago, representatives of the bourgeois class are in power in Ukraine again, trying to fill their pockets at the expense of ordinary people. Today the population faces raised tariffs for gas, electricity, utilities, and increased price of food, medicines, and access to public transport. And if, for example, a middle-income family could previously afford a car, now that fuel prices have risen to 16 UAH/l, only the rich can drive. But in many villages a car is the only way to reach the city.
At the rally, people unleashed their anger at the prevailing situation in the country and do not understand why their families must pay for the mistakes of officials. City residents supported and organized a mass meeting-protest Nikolaev Communists.
After the wreath-laying ceremony and the reading of the resolution, in which the protesters condemned the illegal demolition of Lenin’s monument, the protesters marched and picketed the City Executive Committee.
When the protesters began to proclaim their demands at the city building, Acting Mayor Yuri Granaturov repeated what had already been said time and again – that the city has made no decision to dismantle the monument to Lenin, and that is to restore the monument requires specialists under the guidance of experienced sculptors.
Granaturov even said that “some of the people from the U.S. are hostile” to restoring the monument. The protesters demanded he name names, but he did not elaborate on this.
Among the protesters were those who believed that restoring the Lenin monument makes no sense, because of the “Right Sector” [fascists]. And they demanded that Granaturova deal first with the Right Sector “or else all the rehabilitation efforts will be in vain.”
First Secretary of the regional Communist Party and former People’s Deputy of Ukraine Vladimir Matveev tried to reassure citizens and specify the requirements and expectations of the participants. He rightly noted that all Granaturova need do is follow the law. A statue of Lenin was demolished illegally, without the consent of urban communities, and it is reasonable to bring it back into place.
And yet, convinced Matveev, you must find the perpetrators in the destruction of communal property. And not just to bring them to justice, but also to make sure all repairs and installation of the monument carried out at their expense.
“Let Nikolayev set a precedent to all Ukraine. We will be the first to try to legally restore the monument to Lenin,” said Matveyev.
Via Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU)
Mexico City: ‘Day of Struggle of the Workers for the Solution of the Pressing Needs of the City,’ called by the Popular Front of Mexico City, April 22, 2014.
Photos: Communist Party of Mexico (Marxist-Leninist)