Wednesday the 7th of November a big meeting organised by the Danish
Marxist tendency, Socialistisk Standpunkt, will take place in Copenhagen to
celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. However,
2007 marks another anniversary, and one with special importance for Denmark. It
is 75 years since Leon Trotsky held his last public speech in November 1932,
which was held at a huge meeting in Copenhagen, where Trotsky was invited by
the Social-Democratic Students Association.
For the third time in one and half years over
100,000 people have come out to the streets in Denmark to protest against cuts
to the welfare state. The Danish working class, particularly the public sector
workers, have had enough. But mobilisations are not enough. What is needed is a
bold leadership that can lead the movement to victory.
The expulsions of 26 Marxists from the youth
organisation SUF is now known not only on the Danish left, but also internationally. This article explains the role of the USFI’s
Danish section, the SAP, in the recent expulsion of the Marxists of Socialistisk
Standpunkt from the SUF.
On hearing of the proposed expulsions from the SUF
in Denmark, Claudio Bellotti, a member of the National Executive of
Rifondazione Comunista in Italy, wrote to the leaders of the SUF calling on
them to guarantee a democratic procedure and abandon bureaucratic methods.
Last week a special
conference of the SUF was held where 26 Marxists were expelled. It was clear
that the reformist wing of the SUF could not tolerate the growing influence of
Marxist ideas within the SUF. A Left Opposition has now been launched to win
the SUF back to its founding ideas of revolutionary socialism.