ILPS Chairperson Prof. Jose Maria Sison introduces the International League of Peoples' Struggle
By Jose Maria SisonChairman, Center for Social Studies
Distinguished guests and fellow delegates,
On behalf of the International Initiative Committee, I declare open the First International Assembly of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle.
We welcome all of you in the spirit of anti-imperialist solidarity. We thank you for responding to our call to come to this assembly to establish the International League of Peoples’ Struggle as a broad anti-imperialist and democratic mass formation. We are thus gathered in an occasion of great historic importance.
The League answers the urgent need of the broad masses of the people for the creation of an international rallying force in the struggle for national independence, democracy and social liberation. It is their weapon against the intensifying exploitation and oppression unleashed by “free market” globalization and the new world disorder under the hegemony of US imperialism.
We, the Initiative Committee, convened on January 15-16, 2000 and agreed to undertake the preparations for the launching of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle through its First International Assembly, from December 16 to 17, 2000 in Germany.
The League shall promote, support and develop the anti-imperialist and democratic struggle of the workers and oppressed peoples of the world in order to oppose the ideological, political, military, economic and cultural domination and attacks of imperialism and reaction.
The League shall expose and oppose the inhuman policies and acts of the multinational companies, their governments and international instruments such as the IMF, World Bank, WTO and military alliances.
The First International Assembly (FIA) of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) was a great and resounding success.
The assembly was participated in by 222 delegations with 304 delegates and 35 speakers and guests. The participants came from 40 countries from all the global regions.
The political success of the ILPS-FIA lies not only in the wide range of participating organizations and large number of delegates and guests. More significant is the high level of democratic and anti-imperialist unity achieved in the assembly, as reflected in the Charter and the workshop resolutions. There was a healthy practice of democracy in the discussions in the plenary sessions and in the workshops.
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