Comrade Yongho Thae, from the Embassy of the DPRK (North Korea), speaks about the significance of the Great Socialist October Revolution, at the CPGB-ML’s meeting to celebrate its 98th Anniversary, held on Noveber 7th 2015 in Saklatvala Hall, Southall.
Comrade Thae talks about the significance of the October Revolution to all people who suffered colonial oppression and fought for national liberation. He recall’s the effect that the October Revolution, and the real practice of Socailsim in Russia, had on the leaders of the Chinese and Korean poeple, fighting for their countries’ national liberation.
After recalling the words of that great proletarian, and national Korean Hero, Kim-Il Sung, about the October Revolution, he goes on to sing Varshavianka, an inspiring revolutionary Russian song, which Cde Thae movingly recalls he sung in his youth in Korea.
The song, origianally a revolutionary Polish composition, was translated and taken up as an anthem during the great anti-fascist struggle waged by the Soviet peoples in WW2. Known to the Soviet poeple as the Great Patriotic War, it was for them, and remains for us today, a heroic act of self-defence, of national liberation, and just liberation of millions of people from the barbaric, racist, and genocidal yoke of Nazi fascism.
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It was also a great act of socailst defence and advance, points out Thae, for not only was aggressive Fascist imperialism vanquished, but the prestige of the cause of mankind’s iberation – the communist cause – was taken to new heights world-wide, and the red flag flew from capitals across central and eastern Europe, Asia, and soon afterwards was brought by the poeple’s revolutionary struggles to China, Vietnam and Korea.
The national liberation of the colonies received an irresistable impulse from the salvoes of the October Revolution, accelerated by this entire era of Soviet policy and actions, culminating in the Red Army’s victories in WW2. Quite rightly, as we look around today, and find the blood stained talons of US imperialism deeply embedded in the body of labour and the oppressed neo-colonised peoples, we return to this, our greatest period of victory and advance to seek the answers to our urgent questions: what is to be done?
Our movement has suffered reverses, but the path of the October revolution and the third international still guides us in our endeavours to further the great cause of the liberation of mankind. These are events of international world-historic significance, that not only Russians, but all progressive humanity still honour and celebrate, and in which British workers too must show our just pride!
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