A translation of a leaflet and poster being circulated by
the Working People's Association (Perhimpunan Rakyat Pekerja, PRP) in Indonesia
as part of a campaign by radical Indonesian trade unions to highlight class
issues and socialism on May Day.
January 27, 2008 General Soeharto, former dictator of Indonesia,
passed away. This man was responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands
of communists in a bloody coup in 1965. Despite these monstrous
crimes and his well-documented corruption the old butcher died
in his bed, untouched by the law.
Just One Day Comrade (Sehari Saja Kawan) is
one of many poems written by a well-known Indonesian poet Wiji Thukul about the
strength of workers’ unity. Through the power of his words, he has inspired
many youth and workers to fight against the oppressive capitalism.
In the midst of the hue and
cry over the non-renewal of RCTV’s license in Venezuela, freedom of speech is
being blatantly violated in other parts of the world. In Indonesia, an event to discuss
Marta Harnecker’s book ‘Understanding the
Venezuelan Revolution’ was disrupted through intimidations by the police
The Indonesian ruling class thought they had destroyed Marxism forever when they brutally suppressed the Communist Party of Indonesia in 1965. However, people and organizations are born and die, come and go, but ideas cannot be killed. Just ten years after the overthrow of the Suharto regime and the promise of democracy and prosperity, not much has changed in Indonesia - except that the workers and youth are searching for ideas that can lead to a fundamental transformation of society, the ideas of Marxism.
In his preface to the recently published Indonesian edition of Reason in Revolt, Alan Woods points out that the intense anti-Islamic propaganda in the West is merely a “crude ideological cover for the pretensions and arrogance of imperialism and especially US imperialism, which seeks to dominate the entire world and subject it to its pitiless exploitation”. In answer to all this what is needed is that the rational, scientific outlook of Marxism should become the viewpoint of the labour movement in all countries.