The Fraction to all the
militants of the ICC
Paris, Mexico, April 13th,
We wanted to alert you to a
succession of particularly worrying facts which have occurred
these last weeks. They are, to the eyes of all those which could
saw them, the obvious sign of an incredibly brutal acceleration
of the deliquescence lived by the ICC and, at the very least, by
some of its parts including one, the section of Paris, which is
central in the life of the organization. But since, we received
the amazing resolution adopted by the 15th international
congress. Far from contradicting our concern, it comes on the
contrary to worsen it.
Comrades, how can you vote such a
resolution ? MC, since some like to be presented as his
heirs, must be turning in his grave… Where is the dignity
of all those who voted for this resolution ? Where is the
political conviction of those among you who have doubts and even
disagreements with the liquidationnists, who do not believe in
the calumnies and mud that they throw at us ? Your political
centrism does not have anything innocent and makes you their
accomplices. Your responsibility is committed as well as that of
the open opportunism gathered around the "family
It is not us who charge your political
centrism. It is the history of our class and our history of
Communists. That of yesterday and that of tomorrow. You do not
risk practically anything if not simply, in your turn, personal
and family pressures, provocations and calumnies, then the
insults if you persist, and you can count on the groups of the
proletarian political milieu and on our fraction in your combat.
Nevertheless you have accepted all political compromisings in the
name of a false unity of the organization based on the
"patriotism of the party", as said Trotsky. After that,
how can you continue to claim our ancestors of the Communist Left
who, in addition to their terrible isolation, risked their life
while attacking the bolchevizators and the stalinists, to defend
their convictions ? Which organization do you believe to
save this manner ?
A brutal acceleration of
Open the eyes on the reality of the ICC of
today. How can't you see to what led the policy which has been
followed for two years, i.e. to the liquidation of the political
and organisational principles of the ICC, with the destruction of
the consciousness and the convictions of its militants (those
which we cross in Mexico City or Paris really look a pitifull
sight) ? How can't you see the growing disavowal of the
whole proletarian political milieu relating to the organisational
methods used against our fraction ? We don't even speak
about the isolation and the dramatic discredit of our
organization within this milieu. We don't mention the very
significant increasing heterogeneity of the press of the Current
nor its delays now chronic. Open the eyes at least on some facts
that we could note.
The Latin-American press?
you know that the Latin-American press takes each time more
delay ? Did you read the last numbers of Revolución
Mundial ? Practically nothing on Iraq if not to defend,
in front of the class, the worst stupid things. What to think,
for example, of the last number published before the war which
affirms with "audacity" the unconditional alignment of
the Mexican bourgeoisie… to the policy of the United
States ? Isn't a publication out of time and out of any
reality ? It is in any case a catastrophe for the
credibility of the ICC in Latin America which was already well
started with the statement on the working class struggles in
Argentina. Twenty years of patient work and intervention are on
the way to be destroyed.
Facing this reality, it is
completely secondary to announce you that it is practically
impossible to find RM in the bookshops and in the
demonstrations. But it is true that the diffusion of RI in
the Parisian bookshops is also defective like raised, at the
April 5 public meeting, a sympathizer thus causing a heavy and
Why the international leaflet of
the ICC wasn't really diffused in particular in Paris and Lyon
Do you know that militants and sympathizers (majority
coming from province) present in Paris, as well as in Lyon too it
seems, did not diffuse openly and massively the international
leaflet in the pacifist marches ? It was necessary to ask
them to get it. How to explain that ? By a political
disagreement ? By a lack of conviction ? Why most of
the Parisian and Mexican militants, for what one could see, were
unable to be mobilized for these demonstrations ? Why Peter
alone sold the press - without diffusing the leaflet that,
however, he had in a bag - at the massive demonstration of
April 3 for the union day of action on the retirements ?
Where were the other militants who, however, had - and which
could for their work - to put themselves in strike this day
to ensure the diffusion ? Still an acquisition of the ICC,
gained in particular during the years 1980, which is
Do you know that, according to a
sympathizer ex-militant of the organization working with Juan,
Peter "would have semi-officially authorized" the
fraction to diffuse the leaflet of the ICC ? And do you know
that this same Peter then refused to give leaflets to our
comrades (of which Juan) on April 3 for their diffusion ?
"We do not need you to distribute our leaflet !"
he answered before fleeing. Indeed, he did not need us since
he did not diffuse it. Why, once more, two different languages,
two speeches according to the listener or the moment ? If
not by opportunism, in the vulgar meaning of the term, towards
the sympathizer who rejects this sectarian spirit ? How many
other examples like this one, could we see and suffer, poor and
lamentable but terribly destroying on the political and militant
level ? Here is the ICC of today, the ICC that you're
backing and guaranteeing.
Why two public meetings in
Paris at one week of interval and on the same topic ?
improvising in emergency a new public meeting, one week before
the one announced since months on the same topic, that of the
war ? And apparently whereas the congress was held ?
And whereas this meeting of last minute was announced only in the
timidly diffused leaflet… ? Do you want to make the
parisian public meetings as secret as the Mexico ones ?
Would you be afraid that many people attend to it ? Why this
incoherent decision to hold, in the most irresponsible
precipitation, an additional public meeting ? Why such a
political distress ? Such a confusion ? Two public
meetings in one week on the same topic while at the same time the
ICC rather shone by its political "discretion", even
its absence in the demonstrations of the previous months.
Obviously, there is no more any clear orientation. And how did
you prepare this meeting to which there was so few persons ?
The reciting in a drone of the leaflet has been the presentation
and it was all ! We will not insist here on the
"insufficiencies" of the analysis of the imperialist
situation, his reality and its gravity, showed by the today ICC
and which make it, at the very least a useless organization for
the working class. Considering the gravity of the Current
organisational scattering, we are constrained to make pass these
"insufficiencies" to a second plan.
mention here the Paris April 5 public meeting ? It
would deserve, by itself, a whole correspondance to alert you to
this situation, to awake you, to shake you.
Useless to extend
here on the hypocrisy (and the dislike which it caused to us)
from the last little manouver aiming at letting us to
"exceptionally" speak (while we're forbidden to
intervene in these meetings) "to explain us" on the
last "scandal" which one caused about the initial
C.G. whereas you
had already adopted your resolution of exclusion for this same
"fact". Why didn't you announce this resolution at this
meeting ? To make an another scandal and to nauseate even
more the last Parisian sympathizers ? To create the vacuum
around the ICC ? Bravo, it is successful. But how can you
accept the violence of the remarks and of the "disciplinary"
attitude of some of your militants towards whoever - and we
do not speak about us - is opposed, or critical, to the
ICC ? In the name of "revolutionary indignation" ?
But do you realize the devastators effects all that causes to the
external participants and to the militants themselves ?
then, what sadness when Gallard, the sympathizer of always, one
of those which precisely mobilized at the time of the crisis of
1993-95 to support the ICC, what sadness, we were saying, when he
announced that he'll never set foot again to the public meetings
and that he affirmed that "the ICC had became a sect"
. Yes, then we all felt, the ICC present militants, it seemed to
us, and the members of the fraction, a deep feeling of
desolation. This advertisement made by a calm, determined but
saddened also, Gallard is unfortunately highly symbolic of the
image which the ICC. reflects everywhere and to everybody. And
wouldn't this nearly general opinion worry you ? Would it be
only due to our "malefic" action ?
were the many parisian militants absent at this meeting ?
Why don't they manage any more to be mobilized, especially on a
question like the imperialist war ?
Comrades, if the
evocation of these some significant facts could make you react,
could cause a start of the militants who are retiring themselves
and are despairing, if, at least, in the next mobilization
whatever it is (leaflet, demonstration, public meeting), the
militants which "are hiding" could reappear and be
mobilized, then we would be the first to greet them.
Louise "sick" again ?
Lastly, and you will
understand that we ask also this question : where is
Louise ? Absent from the demonstrations, absent from the
public meetings, is she "sick" again ? We are sure
that our interest for her health will help her to reappear
The resolution of the 15th
congress is null and void
The resolution refuses political
In our letter of March 18, we recall
that the existence of our fraction is the demonstration of a
political combat which is frontal and eliminating between two
irreconcilable political lines. And today, through your last
resolution, you answer us again by a new disciplinary proceeding.
Do you really believe that the escape in front of the political
combat will save the ICC ? Do you really believe that the
refusal of political reality will make it disappear as if by
magic ? Do you really believe to be able to escape the
various political questions which are posed to you ? However
the present result of two years of sidesteppings of political
confrontation - replaced by a false, sterile and deviating
combat against clanism and through the "psychology" -
should have opened your eyes on the dead end of this "method".
The resolution betrays the statutes.
already said it to you in our letter : our reintegration
can't be discussed. Even a sovereign congress can't question it.
It is in the statutes of the ICC. You did not have any political
legitimacy to exclude us. Thus know that, for our part, we refuse
this exclusion and that we still regard ourselves as members of
the ICC. Still more, we regard ourselves as the principle,
political, organisational, militant and material true continuity
of the ICC. We continue and we will continue to claim the whole
of these various political dimensions and we will act
consequently according to the moments and the real, concrete,
practical, evolution of the "formal ICC-organization".
Whatever the time it'll last, but we will assume politically and
concretely on all these plans and until the end our fraction
The commission proposed by the resolution
wants to judge what is already judged
us a commission, a new commission - actually at how many
commissions are you ? -, "to hear us". To make
each one of us formally presented in a court, the liquidationnism
is ready - it is not the first time - "to hear us
without condition"; it has the delirious hope that answering
positively to its "invitation" we'll bring our
guarantee to its "disciplinary" practices. But this
proposal is especially directed to you, it is of internal use ;
it is its response to the doubts and the absence of conviction
which is gaining the ICC ; its purpose is to prove you that
our exclusion is our fault.
Comrades, stop pretending,
stop believing an history and a reality which don't exist. Look
at and take into account the reality of the proletarian political
milieu and you will note that your commission does not have any
sense and any legitimacy. The responsibility "to judge us"
that you want to assign to it was already filled by the only
authority on the matter : the organizations of the
proletarian camp and in particular the IBRP and the ICP- Le
Prolétaire . These organizations heard you and read
you. They heard us and read us. They end up to the rejection of
all your charges against the fraction and Jonas and they
condemned your "disciplinary" methods. And that despite
your many letters and your various pressures – up to
sympathizers' letters for example, there too what a shame to
involve the sympathizers in this doubtful combat ! In this
judgement, know also that several "old" militants of
the Communist Left took the same position towards us. At
least, on this essential level, the "liquidationnist"
policy went bankrupted, then take into account this reality.
The most ridiculous exclusion of all the history of the
How can you come to such stupidities and
inconsistencies ? After having accused us of the worse
things, Nazis, Stalinist, robbers, blackmailers, kidnappers,
hooligans, lumpen, slanderers, provocators, cops - and let's
pass many others -, which according to your criteria largely
deserved exclusion, you affirmed against any obviousness, that we
had not been excluded. And now you claim to exclude us to have
reproduced the initials C.G. and your letter indicating the date
of a conference ! Ridiculousness will end up killing you,
comrades. And what upsets us deeply, it is the new generalized
laugh that your resolution will cause. And thus additional
discredit for the ICC.
Is it necessary to reconsider items 4
and 5 ? Then there, it is the last straw ! We are even
convinced, and the liquidationnists will surely denounce this
"little clanic wink " for our part, that many of you
secretly laughed at it. Bitterly undoubtedly, but nevertheless
they laughed. We don't think, in any case we hope, that the sense
of ridiculousness has disappeared among all the militants. As a
member of the ICP- Le Prolétaire said it making fun
of Peter - cowardly abandoned this day by his"revolutionary
indignation" - at the February 15 meeting :
"It is worthy of a notary !" . There is no
doubt that this document will also remain in history as… a
Your name and your responsibility as
communist militant will be attached to this resolution. And that
saddens us even if all our combat of fraction is confirmed and
Comrades, awake, react !
Get back to the tradition, redress the flag and the honor of the
What do you do
against this cancer which kills our organization ?
are giving up the ICC, the true ICC, to the opportunism. And you
are "committing political suicide" - an expression
dear to the liquidationnists but whose meaning is betrayed.
Collectively and individually.
Political continuity and the
political survival of our organization, so badly engaged,
inevitably pass through the struggle to death against the
opportunist line. It does pass through the "scission"
at the end of a combat to death against the opportunist faction.
In this combat, part of the centrism won't have the force to
react and will continue to serve the latter. Useless to look
away, most of the militants of the ICC are destroyed by the
liquidationnism and surely definitively lost for the communist
cause. It is only a question of time. All those who can still
have a class reaction against the opportunism within the very
organization, must know it.
To those among you who, at
the time, said to us that we used a wrong method, that we were
going to be excluded and and that they preferred to remain inside
- at the price of certain concessions - to be able "to
continue the combat", to those who advised us to recognize
our clanic wrongs even if we were not convinced because that was
going to be just a bad moment to pass through, because the
important was to remain within the organization to fight, to
those who required us to let pass the storm stoically to preserve
the unity of the organization, to those who hid behind the formal
discipline, behind the "new" and false discipline, to
refuse to join our open and frontal struggle, to all these we
say : see to what bankruptcy your centrism led you. See in
what state our organization is now.
To those who did not
fall into blind and sectarian adhesion to the theses of the
opportunist faction and who kept militant and communist feelings,
to those who have doubts, even disagreements, with the current
policy, to those who are desperate to see their organization
increasingly breaking up, to those who are in full distress and
full political disorientation, to those who want to fight but do
not know any more how, to those who refuse (whether in silence or
openly) the adoption of this resolution, to those who refuse to
believe that the whole political proletarian milieu is against
the ICC and wants its death, know that if you want to fight, you
are not alone.
The IBRP and the PCInt, each one from its own
positions and conceptions, are not indifferent to the ICC crisis
and the future of its militants. Contrary to certain militants
who affirm in a haughty, arrogant, ignorant and sectarian way,
that they don't have anything to learn from these groups on the
organisational level, it is necessary to know to listen to them,
read them fraternally and discuss with them.
For our part,
as fraction, we have a political alternative on which you can
found and base your combat, our common combat. The fraction
represents the continuity of the ICC as well on the level of the
principles as on the level of the policy followed by our
organization before the opportunist drift. It has an analysis and
a political assessment of the crisis of the ICC. The fraction
thus has an orientation of struggle and of confrontation
alternative to the current policy of the ICC. The fraction has
precise and determined orientations on the intervention in the
current international situation, with respect to the other groups
and militants of the proletarian political milieu. The fraction
is the ICC.
Before it is not too late, so much for the ICC
than for yourselves like militant, before you are not completely
nauseated, or, worse still, that you are not involved in the
discouragement and the desertion, take again the banner of the
ICC which we all knew and built, lift up your head, struggle
within the ICC. And if that is not possible, that you do not
think being able to have the force for it, then join the
Apart from this struggle, the way is very
traced. Worse still than the loss of the organization such as it
existed and which can always be rebuilt, it leads to the loss of
the convictions and militant energies. It's up to you to choose :
or to continue passively in the centrism serving the political
and organisational final liquidation of our organization ;
or to take up the challenge of the combat for the principles and
the "true" defense of the organization, of our
Whatever your decision, you will have to assume
your militant responsibility in front of history, the proletariat
and your comrades of combat.
internal fraction of the ICC.
 On these accusations,
we refer to our text Réponse de la fraction au CCI
(published in french in the bulletin #18, p.29). And, as
obviously, you didn't get it, let's insist :
clear for every body that the liquidationnism one more time is
making a big lie. It's the Révolution internationale
article which indicates that "C.G" are the "real
initials" of a militant : " By publishing on
the internet the real initials of one of our comrades" (
Revolution internationale 330, January 2003,
reproduced in World Revolution 262, March 2003). For
our part, we just talk of "Peter-C.G" refering to the
signature of tens of article in the ICC press during the
years 1970-80's in the International Review as well
as in RI . Comrades, reread yourselves and stop making
yourselves ridiculous by accusing us of practices which had
became the rule in the ICC. Doesn't this recall you the internal
and public scandals around Louise's case which hadn't been
revealed by us but by the liquidationnism ?
As for the
reproduction of the letter indicating the date of the conference,
as we said it at the Paris public meeting, it was put on our web
site the very weekend of its holding. Nevertheless, it is
willingly that we recognize that we should have been more
attentive by reproducing your letter and that we should have
removed this part.