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Nepal Interview With KOE Greek Revolutionary

Posted by hetty7 on August 2, 2011

Without a people's army, the poor and oppressed are defenceless against the army of the rich

This article is from The Red Star Vol. 1 #11 July 4-15 2008.

This is an interview with Rudi Renaldi, of the Communist Organization of Greece (KOE) who went to Nepal in June 2008 with a 35 member delegation. Red Star interviewed him about his visit to Nepal, his impressions and the communist movement in Greece. For recent interviews and analysis on Greece please visit Winter Has Its End.

Nepali Maoist Are Connected with the People

What was your main purpose for coming to Nepal?

We think that the Nepali Revolution is one of the most important revolutionary processes in the world.  After the big victory of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) in the elections, an interest developed in the West  about what happens in Nepal. Before that, the media didn’t even mention Nepal, but when the Maoist won the election, they were obliged to state something. We have been supporting the Nepali people for along time, and it was natural for us to come and visit Nepal and have a face to face relationship with revolutionary forces here in Nepal.

So how do you find the Maoist movement  in Nepal? How different was it from your impressions in Greece?

I had the impression that the Nepali Maoist movement was one of the most advanced Maoist movements in the world. I had read some documents and interviews from Chairman Prachanda and other leaders. We published a book with documents from the leaders of CPN (Maoist) in Greek, so we had a good idea ab out the Maoist movement here in Nepal.

You know that knowledge has two stages. One stage is the stage of the sensual. It is the proof of the practice. We saw in the whole life, in the whole society, the influence of the Maoist Movement here in Nepal. It is one thing to read about it but another to see and know it.

You also visited the Chitwan cantonment of People’s Liberation Army (PLA). What were your impressions? How did you feel to meet PLA fighters?

It was very emotional. Mao said that without a People’s Army, the people are nothing. We saw the PLA. We think that the Nepali people have a very big weapon in the sruggle against reactionaries, expansionism and imperialism.

What did yoiu leasrn from Nepal that you feel are useful for your party  and your political work.?

I think that a lesson we have learnt from the Nepali Maoists is how they are very connected with the people. How they  have a strategic orientation and are tactically flexible. We think that we need flexible tactics in all our politics but we have to deeply focus on our strategy. We think that a lesson from the Nepali Maoist Movement is this – the ‘ concrete analysis of concrete situation’. I think this is the greatest lesson that all Communists in the world  should learn again and again.

Can you tell us briefly about the Communist Movement in Greece?

Greece has a great Communist movement and it led big struggles in the decade between 1940 and 1950. We had two civil wars, a guerrilla war against the Nazi Fascists and another civil war against the Monarch Fascist forces, British imperialism and then US imperialism. You must know that, for the first time during the civil war, US imperialism bombed Greece and ran some concentration camps. They evacuated the mountains to attack guerrilla forces. The great struggle was defeated. Then we had the big intervention of Soviet revisionism in the internal life of the Communist Party. Marxism-Leninism became a force in 1964 in Greece.  They led various struggles but they had many splits in the decade from 1980. Now we are regrouping various forces to build the genus of a Communist Party in Greece.The KOE is the third strongest force on the left. We have a  revisionist party which was pro-Soviet. We have a force which is called SINAPISMOS or ‘Coalition’. These are ex-members of the pro-soviet party, some are from the  Eurocommunist tendency . We are strengthening our forces at this time. I think that we have to learn from the positive and negative experiences of the history of the Communist movement. We have to see what Communists must do in the 21st century.

What lessons from the history of Greek Communist movement are useful for Communists in Nepal and elsewhere?

Greece had National Liberation Movement in 1821 that had been influenced by the French Revolution.  We can say that the Greek Bourgeois were dependent on various centres in the world. We can even say that the Communist Movement of Greece   had a great sense of internationalism. All Greeks know alot about the international movements and are interested. Greeks even fought in the Spanish Civil war.

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