Nov 182014
 
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In the wake of the violent events in Ottawa and Quebec last month, the Communist Party of Canada warned against attempts to use such incidents to impose new restriction on civil liberties and democratic freedoms. The Harper government is clearly adopting such a strategy, in an effort to intimidate Canadians against expressing criticism of Conservative policies, by expanding the frightening scale of mass surveillance of the activities and communications of the people of this country. We join with many others to warn that this trend towards police state tactics will have dangerous consequences for democracy and freedom.

Instead of adopting an “evidence based approach” to dealing with violent crime, the Harper government is engaged in a blatant attempt to frighten Canadians into silence. The Conservatives strategy is to use various hot-button issues to head off serious debates, such as their claim that terrorist threats pose a mortal danger to the entire country, or that “cyber-bullying” can only be stopped by giving police sweeping new powers to monitor virtually all online communications. Continue reading »

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Nov 112014
 
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The Communist Party of Canada condemns the criminal attack against the offices of the Communist Party and Communist Youth of Venezuela, that occurred in Caracas on October 21.

This attack is part of the ongoing campaign by reactionary forces in Venezuela – with support from foreign powers – to destabilize the country and turn back the clock on the past 15 years of progressive political and social change in Venezuela.

The CPC stands firmly and unconditionally in solidarity with the PCV and JCV, and with the people of Venezuela in their struggle for sovereignty, and social and economic justice.

Central Executive Committee, Communist Party of Canada

11 November 2014

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Nov 112014
 
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The Communist Party of Canada joins progressive and democratic voices around the world in condemning the new wave of anti-Communist repression in Sudan. We demand the immediate end of this repression and the release of all political detainees.

The CPC is particularly concerned about the capture of Suliman Ali, the Political Secretary of the Sudanese Communist Party in the Blue Nile Province, who has been charged with crimes that carry the death penalty. In fact, his “crime” was distributing a Communist Party statement on the anniversary of the Sudanese 21st October Revolution. We understand that Comrade Suliman’s poor health has been deteriorating since his detention began on November 2, and we call for his immediate and unconditional release.

The attacks and arrests by the Sudanese Security and Intelligence Forces are timed to coincide with military action against the people of Southern Kordufan and other war zones in Sudan. It is part of an escalating campaign by the state to silence opposition and destroy organizations who defend the Sudanese people’s rights.

Central Executive Committee, Communist Party of Canada

11 November 2014

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Nov 112014
 
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The Communist Party of Canada condemns the recent attack against the Secretary General of the Chilean Communist Party, Juan Andres Lagos.

The political attack, which occurred on November 7, was committed by people who want to intimidate the Communist Party, its members and supporters, and is part of an escalating wave of anti-Communism in Chile and many other countries.

The CPC stands in solidarity with the Chilean Communist Party, and with the Chilean people in their struggle for sovereignty, and social and economic justice.

Central Executive Committee, Communist Party of Canada

11 November 2014

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Oct 232014
 
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The Communist Party of Canada warns against the attempt by the federal Conservative government to use the recent events in Ottawa and St‑Jean‑sur‑Richelieu as justification to restrict civil liberties and democratic freedoms. Even before these unconnected incidents the government had been preparing new so‑called “anti‑terrorism” legislation to expand the legal scope for CSIS and other security agencies to spy on the activities and communications of Canadians, and to allow “disruption” tactics – a euphemism for the authority to arrest anyone considered a potential threat, even those who have not engaged in any illegal activity. This chilling legislation will be brought before Parliament shortly, perhaps in an even more draconian form.

Ever since taking office, the Harper Conservatives have directed state security agencies to profile and focus on those they consider “enemies”, such as environmentalists opposed to the expansion of the tarsands and hydraulic fracking, Aboriginal movements which resist the destruction of their traditional territories by governments and resource corporations, or groups CSIS vaguely labels “multi‑issue extremists”. CSIS already operates beyond the reach of Parliament and exists to suppress political dissent. The expansion of police state powers will accelerate this drive to label Canadians as “potential terrorists,” creating a basis for even more severe police spying and repression against, the labour and democratic movements and grassroots opposition forces. Continue reading »

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