Message to the Communist Party of Turkey - Marxist Leninist (TKP-ML) on the occasion of its 50th anniversary Persevere until victory!

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The Central Committee and the entire membership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) extends its fraternal greetings of proletarian solidarity to the Central Committee, the leading committees, cadres and members of the Communist Party of Turkey – Marxist Leninist (TKP-ML) on the occasion of its 50th founding anniversary. We extend revolutionary greetings as well to the General Command of the Workers and Peasants Liberation Army of Turkey (TIKKO) and all its fighters who are persevering along the path of guerrilla warfare and determined to wage people’s war in Turkey.

The TKP-ML and the CPP share a common history of struggle. Both our parties were steeled in the crucible of the international communist movement’s struggle against modern revisionism which achieved great successes during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China. This epic struggle brought the revolutionary practice of the proletariat to a higher stage and gave birth to Maoism, allowing communists around the world to more firmly uphold and apply Marxism-Leninism to the concrete conditions of their particular countries.

Both the TKP-ML and the CPP matured in a period of setbacks after the modern revisionists overthrew the proletariat in the Soviet Union since 1956 and in China in 1977 and carried out capitalist restoration resulting in widespread ruin and misery for the working class and the peasant masses. With a firm grasp of Maoism, our parties have remained steadfast Marxist-Leninists, committed to wage resistance against imperialism, capitalist exploitation, fascism and other forms of reaction and oppression, and to advance the proletariat’s historic mission to build socialism and communism.

As communists, we are firmly dedicated to leading the proletariat and oppressed people in their struggle for democracy and in waging class struggles in all countries. By leading the revolutionary struggles of the exploited and oppressed classes in our own countries, we aim to strike at imperialism at every opportunity and contribute to advancing the international cause of the proletariat.

We can lead the revolutionary struggles in our different countries by building a strong communist party that is able to strike deep roots among the workers and peasants and other progressive classes who are allied with the revolutionary movement. The activists and cadres of the communist party must be in a position to effectively lead the people by carrying out painstaking propaganda and education work and building their unions, mass organizations and revolutionary army to address their urgent demands and gather the political and armed strength to effect the overthrow of the reactionary state.

For its part, the CPP leads the people’s democratic revolution to end the semicolonial and semifeudal system in the Philippines. It does so principally by waging protracted people’s war in the countryside, and linking this up with the democratic struggles of workers and the reserve army of labor, and the petty and national bourgeoisie in the cities.

The CPP leads the New People’s Army that is spread across guerrilla fronts established in more than 70 of the country’s 82 provinces. Waging a revolutionary war in an archipelagic country poses a disadvantage which the CPP has turned into an advantage by exercising centralized leadership and decentralized operations allowing strong leadership bodies of the Party to emerge in its various regional committees. By carrying out agrarian revolution (with the primary democratic aim of implementing land reform or the free distribution of land to the peasant tillers), the NPA continues to enjoy the deep and wide support of the peasant masses and provides the CPP with a mass base running to several million.

We look forward to greater cooperation between the CPP and the TKP-ML and other fraternal Marxist-Leninist parties around the world in the coming years in the face of the prolonged crisis of the global capitalist system that is generating conditions favorable for waging revolution. More and more, the imperialists and their lackeys are fanning the flames of fascism, nationalism, racism, bigotry and fanaticism to divide the working class and pit them against each other. This is evidence of their growing inability to rule in the old way amid deepening crisis, especially with the emergence of communist forces that strive to unify the people and lead their struggles against worsening forms of capitalist and feudal exploitation.

The prolonged capitalist crisis and the contradictions between the imperialist powers have erupted in open conflict in Europe with the US and NATO proxy war in Ukraine against Russia. There is also rising potential for inter-imperialist war in East Asia and other parts of the world with the US and other leading capitalist countries becoming increasingly bellicose to serve the interests of the military industrial complex.

The war in Ukraine took the form of Russian military counter-aggression against years of Ukraine fascism against the Russian population in the Donbass region and decades of US and NATO wars of aggression. But in essence, the war in Ukraine is an inter-imperialist war to control sources of raw materials, markets and spheres of influence. It is the working class and people of Ukraine and Russia who are suffering the grave consequences of the war. The communists must expose the layers of imperialist deception and rouse the people to fight and seek the overthrow of the fascists and monopoly capitalist oligarchs, fight for socialism and achieve lasting peace.

The CPP has full confidence that the TKP-ML will celebrate its 50th anniversary with greater resolve to lead and carry forward the revolutionary struggle of the working class and oppressed peoples of Turkey, in close cooperation with the revolutionary struggle of the Kurdish people against national oppression. Guided and inspired by Marxism-Leninism-Maoism and the theoretical work and revolutionary practice of its pioneer Ibrahim Kaypakkaya, we are certain that the TKP-ML will continue to persevere along the revolutionary path to change, not only the course of the history of Turkey, but the entire world. Along the way, the CPP will celebrate every success, achievement and victory of the TKP-ML.

Long live the Communist Party of Turkey – Marxist Leninist!

Long live the Communist Party of the Philippines!

Long live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!

Long live the people’s war in Turkey, the Philippines and other parts of the world!

Live live international proletarian solidarity!

Persevere until victory!