The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

The Assassination of a Young Left-Wing Militant by Right-Wing Thugs

Jun 10, 2013

The following is a press release from the web site of Lutte Ouvrière [Workers’ Struggle], by the revolutionary organization in France of the same name.

On June 5th in Paris, right-wing thugs beat to death the young left-wing militant Clément Méric. He was eighteen years old.

For several months, the far right has strutted about and become bolder using the pretext of demonstrations against gay marriage. Even though the National Front condemns this violence, this right-wing party shares the same ideas as the perpetrators. Their common objective is an anti-worker dictatorship, in which the Roma people and illegal immigrants, the union activists, the left and far-left militants, and homosexuals would all be hunted down and attacked. The right is entirely ready to come to an agreement with them.

Skinheads like those who assassinated this young militant are barbarians. For the moment, they are not used as shock troops against the workers’ movement. But it would be naïve not to prepare the most conscious workers and left-wing militants for the political struggles against the far right that the further development of the crisis could require.

In order to confront the rise of such a danger, there is nothing that can be hoped for from any “left” government, no matter what label they use. The government will be just as powerless when faced with the far right as it is now when faced with the policy of the bosses. Only the workers, when they are united and when they fight consciously and collectively in order to impose measures of survival, can represent a force that gives hope to the other impoverished parts of the population. Only such a force would be capable of sweeping away the danger of the far right. We must urgently work to reinforce these ideas in the working class and in other layers of the population.