Warm greetings from the member organizations of ILPS-Canada on the founding of the newest country member of the anti-imperialist family of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle.
The founding of ILPS-Netherlands is a victory for the people of the Netherlands but also a major step forward for all the peoples of the globe united in opposing imperialist wars, aggression, oppression and exploitation.
As the first country Chapter in Europe, the founding of ILPS-Netherlands comes at a particularly important time as the continent is rocked by a major imperialist crisis bringing hunger, unemployment and repression in its wake while the working and oppressed peoples stand up and fight back. It is thus fitting that your Assembly is being held under the banner: Defending the Rights and Welfare of the People at this time of Crisis in Europe and the Netherlands!
We in Canada, who founded our Country Chapter in May 2011 after years of preparation and months of intense discussions and exchanges, know how difficult it is to struggle out our differences and find our points of unity and then join together in an anti-imperialist united front.
Of course the founding of the country Chapter is fundamentally the first step, albeit a major one, in raising the level of the anti-imperialist struggle in the Netherlands, and working with the over 350 mass organizations in over 40 countries around the world united in the League.
It is crucial that country Chapters of ILPS be built within imperialist countries like the Netherlands. The people of the world have felt the ravage of monopolies like Shell, Philippines, ING Groep and Fokker Technologies. These monopolies amass wealth and power by exploiting the peoples of the globe and the people of the Netherlands – industrial workers, service sector workers, women, youth, students, migrant and undocumented workers, gender-based communities and political refugees.
The members of ILPS-Canada salute your initiative and look forward to working closely with you in the struggle against imperialism.
Long live the struggles of the working and oppressed peoples of the Netherlands!
Long live ILPS-Netherlands!
Long live the International League of Peoples’ Struggle!
— ILPS-Canada Coordinating Committee, April 14, 2013