The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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

All That Charlie Hebdo Fights Against

Jan 19, 2015

Charlie Hebdo is known for fighting against ALL religions, and the backwardness they all convey. This weekly magazine has denounced militarism, war, and the hypocrisy of politicians who, with the blood of millions of people on their hands, pretend they are supporting liberty and democracy.

Those who organized the demonstration in Paris on January 11 are the very people Charlie Hebdo caricatures in its pages each week. They proclaimed national unity as their excuse for supporting the victims assassinated at the newspaper office, but they are the very ones who betrayed the journalists.

In front of the bell towers of Notre Dame, the representatives of the three religions, Christianity, Islam and Judaism, stood at the head of the demonstration, side by side with several heads of state, next to French President Francois Hollande, pretending they were the defenders of liberty. It was an insult to all the Charlie Hebdo victims stood for.

One of the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo, who decided not to participate in Sunday’s demonstration, had this to say about the people leading the demonstrations: “The African dictators, the religious leaders, these individuals represent all we are against.” Another cartoonist from the magazine said, “As one of the cartoonists put in his caricatures, it’s not easy to be followed by such idiots.... And it won’t bring back our work.” Another journalist there denounced associating with such politicians, saying, “We have been wounded to the core, and now we find they are associating us with policies that make us vomit.”