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Message of Congratulations from the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist)
Long Live the Cuban Socialist Revolution!

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Hail May Day! For a New Direction for Society!

Fight For The Alternative!

On the occasion of May Day, 2011, our Party, RCPB(ML), extends a revolutionary salute to the working class and to all humanity fighting for the New, fighting for the alternative, fighting to bring into being, establish and consolidate a new society, in which the concerns of the people take pride of place, in which the people decide!

May Day is the day of unity in struggle of the working class nationally and internationally. It is the day when workers pledge to reject the world outlook of the rich and the owners of capital, and instead implement their own world outlook of a world without exploitation and oppression, a different kind of society, one based on the rights of every human being by virtue of their being human.

RCPB(ML) calls on workers throughout the country to make this May Day a significant day nationally and regionally in the fight for the alternative, in the implementation of the independent programme of the working class to Stop Paying the Rich – Increase Investments in Social Programmes!

No one can forget that this May Day in Britain takes place shortly after the March for the Alternative, when half a million organised workers and their allies affirmed that there was an alternative, that they would fight for it, and that they would not allow a society which stood for cuts to the wellbeing of the people, to public services, to wages, conditions, pensions, health and education.

What the working class demands is a change in the direction of the economic and political affairs of society. The present direction has brought only insecurity, the wrecking of the manufacturing base, the refusal of successive governments to take up social responsibility and the demand that the working people fend for themselves and shoulder the burden of all the problems. But the working class is on the move, and is marching for the alternative, for public right not the “right” of the monopolies to dictate economic and political affairs, for government to end the fraud of “eliminating the deficit”. The working class which produces the social wealth is on the move to affirm that this social wealth be put in the hands of the working class and people to meet the claims of all for a modern standard of living and public services.

The situation must be ended where the voice of the working class and its allies fighting for the alternative is excluded from any decisive say. What is required is the building of an effective Workers’ Opposition around the alternative. The ideology of the rich cannot be allowed to hold sway; the wisdom and collective experience and organisation of the working class must challenge it with its demands, with its thinking, with its numbers and unity. The Workers’ Opposition must develop its own practical politics around its independent programme to defend the rights of all, to defend public services, to defend pensions, to safeguard the future of the health service and the education system, to bring into being an anti-war government.

The aggression against Libya has underlined with full force once again that Britain needs an anti-war government. How necessary it is to settle scores with the imperialist chauvinism that unashamedly carries out what is declared to be a “humanitarian” war! The importance of the defence of the principles of sovereignty, independence, self-determination, non-use of force in the solution of conflict and non-interference in the internal affairs of the countries cannot be over-stated.

Let us go all out to make May Day a day of putting on the agenda the building of the Workers’ Opposition, of planting the alternative on the soil of Britain, upholding the spirit of the working class that An Injury to One Is An Injury to All! Let us celebrate that new world that begs to come into being as an urgent necessity! Let us strengthen our unity with the workers of all lands, fighting in defence of the rights of all!

For An Anti-War Government!
Fight for the Alternative!
Build the Workers’ Opposition!
Let Us Take a Bold Step Together in Defence of the Rights of All!
Hail May Day!
Workers of All Countries, Unite!

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The 4th Central Committee of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) held its 8th Plenum over two weekend sessions earlier this year.

The Plenum held its discussions in the context of the stage of the Party’s work and of the space for change provided by the objective situation nationally and internationally.

The Plenum discussed what work is required to prepare the conditions for the holding of the 5th Congress of the Party some time in the future, and the necessity to strengthen the work of the Central Committee as the leading force in this work.

A number of prepared presentations were submitted to the Plenum, re-emphasising salient features of the Party’s line and programme, summing up the experience of the work of the Party in the recent period, and outlining required tasks in the coming period.

A number of decisions of the Plenum, such as regularising Workers’ Weekly as an Internet Edition, and the production of a monthly publication of RCPB(ML), “The Line of March”, have already been implemented.

Taking account of the developments in the workers’ movement, such as the March for the Alternative, and in the criminal activities of the British ruling circles, such as the aggression against Libya, the Plenum laid emphasis on the need to build an effective Workers’ Opposition around the alternative. The serious work of RCPB(ML) on this front would contribute to setting the agenda for the 5th Congress of the Party.

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Communist Party of Cuba

Message of Congratulations from the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist)

To the Central Committee, Communist Party of Cuba

The Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) sends its warmest congratulations to the Communist Party of Cuba on the successful holding of its 6th Congress.

It is a matter of great joy to us that the Congress, with over 1,000 delegates and guests, addressed the issues facing the Cuban Revolution at this time, and so decisively charted the way ahead.

That this is the case, and that the Congress representing the spirit of the Cuban people and embodying the socialist character of the Cuban revolution has been so pro-active in facing up to the needs of the times, fills us and the world’s progressive forces, with great optimism.

How could it be otherwise? The entire concrete historical experience of the past 50 years in which the creative thinking of the Party and the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Comrade Fidel, has been applied to overcoming every obstacle, including an inhuman and spiteful blockade, demonstrates the resilience of the Party and the people, their ability to look reality in the eye and draw warranted conclusions.

So today, the 6th Congress has provided guidelines for the ongoing construction of socialism in Cuba. It has once again answered the question posed by the concrete conditions and by society, Who Decides?, with the firm declaration and conviction that The People led by the Party Decide!

May we offer our warmest congratulations to Comrades Raul Castro Ruz and Jose Ramon Machado Ventura on their election as First and Second Secretaries respectively of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party.

And may we pay the most sincere tribute on this occasion also to Comrade Fidel Castro Ruz, whose exploits and leadership have long been legendary, and who has a place not only in the hearts of the Cuban people but of the people the whole world over who desire nothing less than a different world in which fascism and war will never again hold sway and the people’s concerns take pride of place.

It imbues us with great confidence in the future of the Cuban revolution that the torch is being handed on with the decisions taken by the 6th Congress.

The importance of the defence of the principles of sovereignty, independence, self-determination, non-use of force in the solution of conflict and non-interference in the internal affairs of the countries, as the Congress has stressed, cannot be over-estimated.

Comrades, we pledge to do all in our power in Britain also, to organise the working class and people to make sure these principles cannot be violated, and to march along the path to socialism inspired by your example of providing urgent problems with valid and creative solutions.

All hail to the successful holding of your historic 6th Congress!

Long Live the Cuban Socialist Revolution!

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Long Live the Cuban Socialist Revolution!

From the Central Committee, Communist Party of Cuba

To the world parties, political forces and social movements, friends of the Cuban Revolution


The 6th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba was held from April, 16-19, 2011, coinciding with the 50 Years of the Victory of Playa Giron and the Proclamation of the Socialist Character of the Cuban Revolution.

Over one thousand national delegates and guests took part representing near 800 thousand members, organised in 61 thousand grass root organisations in the different sectors throughout the Cuban society.

The Central Report, presented by the Army General Raul Castro Ruz, makes a deeply self-critical and timely analysis of the current crucial situation of the historical process of the construction of socialism in Cuba. In this context, essential aspects are specified in order to stress the need to continue the economic and social transformations aimed at updating the economic model and strengthening the economic and social structures that guarantee the progress in building the new socialist society. In essence, the Central Report to the Congress was designed to identify the cardinal problems faced by our country and their solution.

Discussions on the crucial topics ratified the consequent application of the creative thinking of the Party’s founder, the historical leader and Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz.

On the other hand, it was stressed that the ongoing updating of our process is essentially conceived from the concrete historical and cultural particularities of Cuba, subjected to a tight economic, commercial and financial blockade for almost 50 years, and not from the mechanical copy of similar experiences in other parts of the world.

The Congress endorsed the Guidelines for the Economic and Social Policy of the Party and the Revolution, which was preceded by a broad popular debate of the Draft that went on for five months, with the participation of over eight million people (some of them participated more than once) and about three million interventions took place, with 781,644 contributions, thus ensuring the free expression of the participants on their dissatisfactions and discrepancies.

All the proposals made by the people were analysed. 87.4% of the statements made in such debates were taken into consideration, while out of the remaining 12.6%, some will be further studied and some were not being considered for the time being.

With the majority support from the people, the effectiveness of the predominance of the socialist state ownership over the means of production and planning as essential basis for the national economy were ratified. The staunch will of the Socialist State was confirmed to maintain the social conquests obtained as a result of the revolutionary deed, an expression of the humanistic spirit of our social project and to sustain the free access of all citizens on equal footing to education, public health, large-scale practice of sports and culture.

The process that, in fact, became a referendum for all the people, as a result of which the 68% of the original Guidelines were modified, confirmed the confidence and unity of the immense majority of the Cuban people for the Communist Party and the Revolution, that will not leave anyone unprotected. Once again, the validity of comrade Fidel’s words was proven: “… the Party’s strength lies on its close and permanent link to the masses…”

Undoubtedly, it was a democratic and transparent process with a broad people’s participation and was held based on the principle that the people led by the Party are the ones who decide the country’s destiny.

In a gradual way for a period of several years and without haste, the measures to implement the New Economic and Social Model in the country will be undertaken.

The delegates to the Congress considered Fidel Castro Ruz’s will to be excluded from the list of candidates of the Central Committee and his decision to continue being “a member of the party and a soldier of ideas”.

Comrades Raul Castro Ruz and Jose Ramon Machado Ventura were elected as First and Second Secretaries of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, respectively.

A Central Committee with 115 members was elected and half of it was renewed – women accounting for 41.7%. A Political Bureau with 15 members and a Central Committee Secretary were also elected. This election was not improvised, but resulted from a policy aimed at slowly introducing a real representation of the Cuban people and, above all, the new generation that could ensure, together with the Historical Generation, the continuation of socialism in Cuba.

The Congress approved the holding of the National Conference of the Party on January 28, 2012, as a continuation of the 6th Congress of the Party.

Its main objective will be to strengthen the Party based on the principle that the Communist Party of Cuba directs and controls, but not manages. Thus, the Conference must adopt the necessary measures to adjust the Statutes, the internal norms, structure, working methods and styles of the Party to today’s historical circumstances in our country, and to give special attention to the training and development of the leading cadres, as a priority and strategic condition for the whole Party and as a determining factor for the future of the Revolution.

The Conference must discuss and pass the fundamental definitions related to the Party’s foreign policy and international relations. By the same token, the Congress reiterated Cuba’s invariable position to defend the universal principles of sovereignty, independence, self-determination, non-use of force in the solution of conflict and non-interference in the internal affairs of the countries.

It ratified the disposition to dialogue with the United States government about any topic of common interest, on the basis of mutual recognition and respect, and without conditions.

The Congress passed the Resolution on the Improvement of the Organs of the People’s Power, the Electoral System and the Political and Administrative Division.


Friends from all over the world,

The 6th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba confirmed that for its members and patriots, the nation, independence and socialism are indissolubly united and will always be the main banner of unrelenting defence of the Cuban revolutionary process.

In his closing speech, the recently elected First Secretary Raul Castro Ruz, reiterated the militant solidarity of the Cubans towards the sister nations of the Third World and their support to the Communist Parties and other progressive forces around the world that pursue an indefatigable struggle for a better world.

We avail ourselves of this opportunity to express our appreciation to the political parties and forces, social movements, personalities and friends for their encouraging messages and support received in the course of this momentous event.

Department of International Relations of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba

Havana, April 20, 2011

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