Revolutionary Communist Party of Volta (PCRV)

Africa is pregnant with democratic, anti-imperialist, anti-reactionary and anti-bureaucratic revolution

The African continent, object of greed and centre of inter-imperialist rivalries in the context of the deepening crisis of the imperialist system and the struggle for the redivision of geostrategic spheres and spheres of influence, is mired in a great political storm characterized by the following facts:

These struggles, although certainly uneven depending on the country, are primarily directed against:

This movement deserves our particular attention to draw conclusions on the basis of our Marxist-Leninist principles and promote the struggles of the African proletariat and peoples with the perspective of national and social liberation.

I) The development and fundamental characteristics of the movement for political, economic and social emancipation of the African peoples

a) The political, economic and social demands of the African peoples aim at the following points: <>b) The movement for political and social emancipation has a massive character: millions of men, women and youth are awakening to political life and are actively taking up the struggle with determination to achieve their legitimate demands. In many countries there have been large popular demonstrations against the high cost of living, corruption, fraud and impunity for political and economic crimes (marketplace gatherings and rallies that have become bloody clashes with the military), economic strikes and political strikes of the masses. Some of these movements have taken the character of an insurrection (Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, South Africa, etc.).

c) The current movement of political and social emancipation of the African peoples goes up against the neo-colonial system in which the corrupt bourgeoisie in power wades between uncertainty and incompetence. Today the democratic anti-imperialist, anti-reactionary and anti-bureaucratic revolution, as an alternative to the current situation, is on the agenda for the future and to achieve a social order based on the full realization of people in the material field as well as in the intellectual, cultural, moral and spiritual fields.

d) What characterizes this movement is the lack of the subjective factor of the revolution. From this come its limitations, its political and organizational weaknesses so that often, even in revolutionary situations, the peoples are unable to convert the movement into a real revolution. This political, ideological and organizational weakness leaves room for manoeuvre to the imperialist powers and their African allies that allows them to recuperate or liquidate these movements that are the bearers of hope for the proletariat and peoples.

e) The struggle for the emancipation of African peoples broadly confirm the fundamental theses of Marxism-Leninism and highlight the following points:

The democratic, anti-reactionary and anti-bureaucratic revolution that is highly relevant in Africa should have the perspective of transition from capitalism to socialism, which is the fundamental problem of our era (the era of imperialism and proletarian revolutions).

II) What is the solution to the deep crisis sweeping the African continent?

Faced with the crisis, the imperialists and their African allies are on the defensive, seeking a bourgeois solution that allows them to save and reinforce the bases of capitalist and neocolonial exploitation and oppression in the different countries. To do this, they carry out political, economic and social reforms, specifically the implementation of Structural Adjustment Plans through the IMF and World Bank. These are liberal political and economic reforms, to stimulate a certain development of capitalism in the African countries, through integration into the world capitalist system; replacing the colonial economic base in these countries with a neo-colonial economic base. This would permit concretely the following:

For all this, the birth or strengthening of Marxist-Leninist parties in Africa is imperative. These parties must raise the flag of the revolution for national and social liberation. This is a crucial task in the present period of acute crisis of capitalism and imperialism, for without a real Communist Party the proletariat is like army without a general staff, and cannot dream of overthrowing imperialism and seizing power. This is one of Lenin’s teachings:

“...we have now come to the question of the revolutionary crisis as the basis of our revolutionary action. [...] There is no such thing as an absolutely hopeless situation. The bourgeoisie are behaving like barefaced plunderers who have lost their heads; they are committing folly after folly, thus aggravating the situation and hastening their doom. All that is true. But nobody can ‘prove’ that it is absolutely impossible for them to pacify a minority of the exploited with some petty concessions, and suppress some movement or uprising of some section of the oppressed and exploited. To try to ‘prove ‘ in advance that there is ‘absolutely ‘ no way out of the situation would be sheer pedantry, or playing with concepts and catchwords. Practice alone can serve as real ‘proof’ in this and similar questions. All over the world, the bourgeois system is experiencing a tremendous revolutionary crisis. The revolutionary parties must now “prove” in practice that they have sufficient understanding and organization, contact with the exploited masses, and determination and skill to utilize this crisis for a successful, a victorious revolution.”2

The revolutionary struggle in Africa, as in the whole world, is based on a correct understanding and consistent practice of proletarian internationalism.

Proletarian internationalism is the unity of thought and action of the proletariat of each country and of the world proletariat as a whole, in its struggle to overthrow the capitalist order by revolutionary violence; to destroy bourgeois power to its foundations, to seize the means of production, to build the World Republic of Soviets. Proletarian internationalism is thus one of the most powerful weapons of the revolution and of the building of communism, and it is an indispensable condition to achieve it.

The world and multifaceted support for the struggles of the proletariat and the peoples of Africa, of France and of the world, is now more than ever on the order of the day.

We have to contribute to the development of the Marxist-Leninist parties and organizations on the African continent. We must help to strengthen the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations that is today a pole of reference and a very useful tool for the unity of the international Marxist-Leninist Movement, for the revolutionary struggle of the peoples of Africa and of the world for national and social liberation.

Long Live the Struggle of the Peoples of Africa for Their National and Social Liberation!

Long Live Proletarian Internationalism!

Revolutionary Communist Party of Volta


1 Coltan is a mineral that is strategic for high technology. The Democratic Republic of the Congo holds 80% of this mineral, which is considered a non-renewable resource, for the possession of which this republic has been at war since 1998.

2 Second Congress of the Communist International: “Report on the International Situation and the Fundamental Tasks of the Communist International,” July 19, 1920.

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