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The 53rd International Antiwar Assembly in Japan
August 2nd 2015



The Executive Committee for the 53rd International Antiwar Assembly

composed of
All-Japan Federation of Students' Self-Governing Associations [Zengakuren]
Antiwar Youth Committee
Japan Revolutionary Communist League (Revolutionary Marxist Faction) [JRCL (RMF)]

The 53rd International Antiwar Assemblies were held on August 2nd in Tokyo and six other cities in Japan. Every Assembly was attended by many workers, students and citizens who were leading the mass protests against the enactment of the War Bill for aggression by the Shinzo Abe-led Japanese government. They were also carrying out fights to stop the new US Marine base construction in Okinawa. Filled with their fighting spirits, every assembly was a great success. (The central assembly in Tokyo seen in the picture above.)

The assemblies received warm messages of solidarity from all over the world. The central assembly in Tokyo was attended by the delegates of Tavini Huiraatira no Te Ao Maohi - Front de Liberation de Polynesie. The delegates strongly denounced the colonial rule by French imperialism and expressed their warmest solidarity with Zengakuren students and militant workers in the struggle against the worldwide nuclear armament race.

In solidarity with all the comrades who greeted the assemblies beyond borders, all the participants have renewed their determination to promote an international antiwar struggle and to fight for a radical breakthrough of the war crisis impending amid the confrontation between the US / Japanese imperialists and Chinese / Russian rulers.

Comrades over the world! Let us fight together against our rulers imposing "war and poverty"! We wish the International Antiwar Assembly to be an opportunity to strengthen our ties for this fight.

Overseas Appeal

Speeches from the Maohi delegates


Organizations and individuals who greeted the Assembly



Hokkaido Assembly (Sapporo)  

Kyushu Assembly (Fukuoka)
 
Kansai Assembly (Osaka)
 
Tokai Assembly (Nagoya)
 


Hokuriku Assembly (Kanazawa)

Okinawa Assembly (Naha)



Overseas Appeal for the
53rd International Antiwar Assembly in Japan


Oppose the nuclear armament race between the US and China / Russia!
Working people all over the world,
rise in an international antiwar struggle!

Comrades all over the world! On August 2nd, we are holding the 53rd International Antiwar Assemblies in Tokyo and six other cities in Japan.

Today, seventy years after the end of World War II, we must engrave in our mind anew the bloody past crimes of militarist Japan and the atomic bomb ravages in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This is all the more needed because war fires are flaring up in various places, which could lead to worldwide warfare, and also because, especially in Japan, the sound of jackboots is approaching.

Now here in Japan, a mass demonstration of workers and people is packing the environs of the Diet Building almost every day. Against the bill for aggressive war that would enable the Japanese military to use force jointly with US forces anywhere in the world, voices of opposition are rising and spreading throughout the country. Simultaneously with this, Okinawa, a southernmost island where 74% of US bases in Japan are located, is seething with anger against the Japanese and US governments, which are intent on constructing a gigantic new Marine base by filling in coral reefs. Fully resolved to block the construction, workers, students and local residents are fighting every day, not only by breaking into the reclamation site in canoes on the sea but also by sitting down at gates of the nearest US base.

We are fighting in the forefront of these struggles and organizing a struggle against the strengthening of the US-Japan military alliance. We call on you, workers and people all over the world! Rise up together. Let us flare up the flame of antiwar struggle for a radical breakthrough of the present crisis of the world now hung with powder smoke.

Oppose the build-up of the globalized US-Japan alliance for aggressive war! Oppose China's counter military build-up!
Oppose US imperialism deploying Missile Defence systems throughout Europe and reinforcing the NATO forces! Denounce Russia's nuclear intimidation!
Condemn the US-led allied forces bombing in Iraq and Syria!
Stop the Abe government enacting the law enabling aggressive war!


(1) Hit the source of the war crisis, the intensifying rivalry between the US and China / Russia
 
Over the South China Sea in East Asia, the US government of Barack Obama and the Chinese government of Xi Jinping are struggling against each other, nearly clashing head-on directly. China is constructing runways, radars and port equipment by filling reefs of the Spratly Islands (Nansha qundao), which it claims to be its possession. With a view to facilitating its strategic nuclear submarines (capable of shooting missiles directly at the US mainland) to cruise secretly in this area, the Chinese government is bent on constructing a marine base to use it as an unsinkable aircraft carrier, so to speak. The United States, with a growing sense of crisis in regard to this, has demanded 'an immediate and permanent halt of the construction'. It is intimidating China by dispatching reconnaissance planes and warships successively and, further, by conducting military exercises in this area jointly with Japan, the Philippines and Australia. This is not all. At the request of the Obama administration, the Japanese government of Shinzo Abe is scheming to mobilize the Self-Defence Forces (Japanese military) and to order them to engage in 'warning and surveying operations' aimed at checking China's move.

Both the US and China reiterate the need to build a so-called 'new model of relationship between great powers'. However, a hair-trigger situation presently going on in the South China Sea is revealing the hard fact that the irreconcilable rivalry between the imperialist state of America, which is suffering from a decline and yet intent on acting as the 'leader of the world', and neo-Stalinist China, ambitious to be a 'superpower in the 21st century', is the source of the war crisis of today.

When we turn our eyes to Europe, the US and Russia are at loggerheads with each other over Ukraine.

The Russian government of Vladimir Putin has consolidated the armed annexation of Crimea as a fait accompli under the banner 'Unification of the Russian world', and is increasing aid to the pro-Russian armed forces battling for the independence of the eastern part of Ukraine (in the form of dispatching Russian military officials under the guise of 'volunteers'). Against this, the Obama administration has reiterated its condemnations by saying that that is 'aggression' and a 'challenge to the international order'. The US government is now hell-bent on rebuilding NATO as a military alliance whose main enemy is identified as Russia, while curbing the vacillation of the German and French rulers who would prefer to avoid an all-out collision with Russia. Measures taken for this purpose include to deploy MD (missile defence) systems throughout Europe for incapacitating Russian nuclear missiles, to treble the NATO Response Force and organize a anti-Russian 'spearhead force' including US troops, and to deploy 250 tanks and other heavy firearms in advance in seven countries (three Baltic countries, three East European countries and Germany).

Against such hostile measures from Obama, Putin declared, with his rivalry bared, that Russia would additionally deploy more than forty intercontinental ballistic missiles of a new type before the end of the year and said, 'These missiles are capable of breaking through missile defence systems.'
 
The on-going clash between the Obama administration, bent on strengthening NATO forces and building up MD systems, and the Putin government, brandishing the bare sword of 'nuclear intimidation', is fermenting even the nightmarish possibility that the conflict over Ukraine could develop into nuclear warfare.
 
In the Middle East, US imperialism, in fear of the Sunnite Islamic fundamentalist organization of the IS (Islamic State), is raining bombs on IS-controlled areas, leading the 'coalition of the willing' composed of Britain, France and other allies and Gulf states. Also in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and in Yemen and Libya, the imperialist state of America is bombing mountain villages that it regards as 'haunts of terrorists', using drones. This is exactly terrorism, an arrogant state terrorism! The Obama administration is pushing US force-trained soldiers of the Iraqi government to the front of battles, while the US force is raining bombs from skies using unmanned bombers. The Obama administration is doing this in the name of 'a smart way of fighting terrorism'. Never allow it!
 
Of course, it is essential to condemn the IS leadership, in the name of the working people, for oppressing and killing those who are against them indiscriminately as 'infidels' without making any distinction between the ruling and the ruled classes. However, it must not be forgotten in the first place that the IS is 'a rough child' begotten of the resentment and grievances of Muslim people towards Bush's unjust war in Iraq, which was only justified with frame-ups and lies.
 
Hence our twenty-first century world is overhung with the dark clouds of cruel warfare.
 
US imperialism, which became the 'sole superpower' thanks to the collapse of the USSR, has gone into bankruptcy, wrapped in the flames of anti-American battles of Muslim masses in Afghanistan and Iraq, which it invaded arrogantly using its overwhelmingly strong high-tech armaments. It has now lost prestige in international politics and also revealed a decline in economic strength. The Obama administration is therefore desperate to mobilize its allies and 'partners' in the formation of military encirclements against China and Russia and in the 'war on terror'.
 
The key of the Obama administration's strategy for world domination is to contain China, now that the Xi Jinping government has disclosed its ambition to win command of the South and East China Seas, and further of the West Pacific, from the US. Under the banner 'Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific Region', this administration is bent on strengthening its nuclear military capabilities against China. For this purpose, it is deploying top-of-the-line high-tech weapons intensively in Japan (such as MD systems, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, aegis cruisers with the most advanced interception system 'NIFC-CA', and F35 fighter planes), while constructing a new Marine base in Henoko, Okinawa, and strengthening US Force bases throughout Japan. And it is particularly desperate to build up a multilateral military alliance against China, which is to be called an Asia-Pacific version of NATO, by leading its allies such as Japan, Australia, South Korea and the Philippines.
 
The Xi Jinping government, on the other hand, is intensifying its challenge to US imperialism, while enhancing Sinocentric nationalism under the banner 'For realizing China's dream, a great revival of the Chinese nation'. In apparent disregard of the Obama administration's warning that 'Changing the status quo by force should not be allowed,' the Xi Jinping government boastfully declared 'The spatial-temporal area of China's security extends over a greater range than at any time in the country's history.' Full of the ambition to expand its influence, it is bent on 'construction of a strong military' (which means an unprecedented military build-up, including the organization of aircraft carrier-centred task forces) under the banner 'Build up a strong maritime power!'
 
Xi Jingping's China, ambitious to be a 'superpower of the 21st century', is rising in competition with US imperialism by strengthening its ties with Russia, which Putin boastfully calls a nuclear power. For containing this challenge of China, Obama's America is desperate to reorganize and strengthen military alliances in both East and West. This confrontation between the US and China / Russia, each strengthening nuclear military capabilities against the other, is exactly the source of the present crisis that could lead to worldwide warfare.

(2) Stop the build-up of a US-Japanese bilateral system for jointly waging wars of aggression!

For an Asia-Pacific version of NATO that US imperialism is constructing now, the key is nothing else but the realigned US-Japan military alliance. The Abe government of Japan is accommodating the request from the Obama administration most faithfully in the world, like a 'servile state' chained to the US-Japan Security Treaty.

In this April, the two governments agreed to the new 'Guidelines for US-Japan Defence Cooperation', in which it is stipulated that the Japanese Self-Defence Forces 'use force' jointly with US Forces anywhere in 'the Asia-Pacific region and beyond', anytime and seamlessly. This is a guideline for 'exercising the right to collective self-defence', that is, a US-Japan shared war manual. As such this means the declaration that the two states build up the new military alliance, or a globalized alliance for aggressive war.
 
The Abe government is now intent on adjusting domestic laws for the 'Self-Defence Forces transformed into US Forces', so to speak, stipulated in the new 'Guidelines'. The bill deceitfully titled 'Peace Security Legislation' is therefore designed to authorize the Japanese military to use force jointly with US Forces anywhere in the world so long as the government judges a situation as one that threatens the 'existence of Japan' , even if the country is not given any armed attack. Enacting this bill for aggressive war means the effective destruction of Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan, which states 'renunciation of war'. Clearly Abe's slogan 'proactive contribution to peace' means that the Japanese state will serve as America's mercenary and send its troops to any place in the world. In response to Obama's request in the summit talk in April, Abe pledged that the Japanese state would respond to China's or Russia's challenge, as well as the rise of Muslim radicals, jointly with the US, seeing them as common 'threats' to the two states. As the start, the Abe government is scheming to dispatch Japanese troops to the South China Sea for 'warning and surveying' and to reach full combat readiness, together with US forces, against China. That is why this government is now frantic to enact the law for aggressive war as early as possible.
 
In opposition to the enactment of the law for aggressive war and the new US base construction in Henoko, struggles of Japanese workers and students are growing stronger day by day. Jittering at this situation, the Abe government is now frantic to suppress their fights and to intensify the repression of trade unions and students' self-governing associations. It is also bent on controlling mass media. In this way, this government is strengthening the authoritative, military ruling system, i.e. Japanese neo-fascist ruling system, for building Japan into a 'state capable of waging wars together with the US'.
 
By means of a 'Prime Minister's remark' to be issued soon for the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II, Abe is going to nullify the 'apology' for Japan's past 'aggression and colonial rule' that his predecessors expressed before, being like a self-proclaimed 'right-wing militarist'. Denounce the Abe government for attempting to justify militarist Japan's past war of aggression by raising the banner of 'proactive contribution to peace'!
 
This government is carrying out economic policies dubbed 'Abenomics', with the catch phrase 'To reform Japan into the world's most preferable country for business activities'. Its real contents are thoroughly preferential to monopoly capitalists. On the other hand, they are designed to victimize the working class, as seen in the abolition of the eight-hour working day system, relaxation of the laws governing dismissals and expanded legalization of non-regular forms of employment, to name but a few.
 
This is not all. This government is now intent on restarting the operation of currently suspended nuclear plants though it is letting nuclear substances leak into the ocean and the air from the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Plant, which is yet to be recovered from the meltdown and explosion.
 
We are now struggling to rally forces in order to topple down the Abe government imposing 'war and poverty' on workers and people.
 
(3) Break through the poverty and oppression imposed on working people in the middle of the economic crisis
 
Not limited to Japan, in other imperialist states and developing countries, too, the ruling classes and the governments are intensifying attacks on the toiling masses to deprive them of social rights. Under the slogan of 'structural reform', liberalization of the regulations on dismissals is being promoted in Japan and every European country. Even a harsh form of employment called 'zero-hour contract' is prevalent in Britain. Under the orders from Troika (EC, ECB and IMF) for austerity, every government of the EU member states is imposing mass dismissals, lower wages and pension cuts upon public workers on the pretext of the need for 'balanced finances', while carrying out drastic reductions in public services such as medical care, welfare and education. 'Do you want to be Greeks?' is their word of today for intimidating the toiling masses. They are also whipping up chauvinistic nationalism that insults immigrant workers and neighbouring peoples. That is an attempt to divert the working-class anger against the ever-increasing poverty and economic disparities, and thus to confuse and divide their struggles.
 
Amid the crisis of the capitalist economy, governments of the imperialist states are desperate to relieve monopoly capitalists and to help them win global competitions. In order to do so, the governments are encouraging munitions production and arms exports; and further they are attempting to incorporate developing countries into their respective 'economic partnerships', such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, for promoting greedy neocolonialist invasion of these countries.
 
China is no exception. The neo-Stalinist party-state bureaucrats who rule over the toiling people have transformed the economic foundation into a capitalist one in the name of the 'socialist market economy', so that those who must be called 'bureaucrat capitalists' are intensively exploiting and expropriating workers and peasants. The bureaucrats are bent on building up nuclear capabilities and loudly advocating China's leap into a superpower; however, accumulated social and economic problems at home are becoming increasingly intense. Amid abject misery, toiling masses are rising in strikes and demonstrations, even accompanied by mass riots. Taking this as the greatest danger to the ruling system, the Xi Jinping government is enhancing Sinocentric nationalism to cover up the problems and at the same time is repressing people's protests by force in the name of the 'rule of law in socialism'.
 
Workers and the toiling people all over the world! Rise up now and fight against the coercion of poverty and oppression by your rulers!

(4) Flare up the flame of antiwar struggle based on working class internationalism!
 
Comrades of the world! Let us unite to eradicate the miseries prevailing over the world of today! Imperialist rulers of the US, Japan and others, and the Chinese and Russian rulers as well, are circulating various kinds of nationalism, including ones preaching 'protection of national interests' and inciting hatred against foreigners. All are for justifying their war policies! Reveal their falsehood and let us fight to eradicate war and poverty, and oppression and slavery, from the earth!
 
Rise up against the nuclear armament race of the US and China / Russia! Fight against the US and Japanese imperialist states building up their global alliance for aggressive war! No to the strengthening of NATO and the deployments of MD systems! Oppose China's and Russia's policies of counter-buildups of nuclear capabilities! Denounce the US-allied forces bombing Muslim masses in Iraq and Syria! We stop the Abe government from dispatching Japanese troops abroad to participate in the 'war on terror'! We decisively block the enactment of the law enabling aggressive war!
 
With burning indignation against the Abe government attempting to railroad the 'war bill' through the Diet, Japanese workers and people are rising in a struggle throughout the country. But the leadership of a party calling themselves 'Japanese Communist Party' is busy reducing the struggle to a mere tool for encouraging a parliamentary 'coalition of opposition parties'. For the purpose of joining hands with conservative politicians, they have shelved the crucial issue, i.e. opposition to the US-Japan military alliance. This is a grave betrayal. Further, they have started to request Japanese and other governments to take a diplomatic policy for a 'peaceful solution of conflicts', which they say can be adopted 'under the circumstances where military alliances still exist'. Such an 'alternative' by this party of social-democratically converted Stalinists, is dependent on 'reason' of the rulers and is thus sheer fantasy.
 
Look at the latest consequences of the NPT Review Conference for so-called 'nuclear non-proliferation'! Who killed the adoption of even an emasculated, feeble 'final document'? It's the US government of Barack Obama, who was once given a Nobel Peace Prize for advocating a 'nuclear free world'. It's also the UK as its ally. The other nuclear holding states such as France, Russia and China did the same. The government of Japan, the only country that experienced an atomic air raid, helped them by shamelessly defending America's nuclear armament!
 
The JCP leadership, who was supporting this NPT Review Conference, is now insisting on its 'progress' by saying, 'Many countries [i.e. governments] were referring to the need of talks for a Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty.' This is an argument like putting the cart before the horse. The power that can break the vicious circle of the nuclear armament race is by no means on the part of rulers. The power that can eradicate the present crisis of war lies only in a struggle of the workers and people who are exploited, ruled and to be mobilized in war by their states, a struggle that they create by awakening themselves and uniting internationally.
 
The leadership of Japan's largest trade union centre, Rengo [Japanese Trade Union Confederation], has however totally abandoned antiwar struggles and is rather supportive of the US-Japan Security Alliance. This is because this leadership has adopted a line dependent on a so-called tripartite consultation between the government, labour and management. Some of labour aristocrats in the munitions industry are even willingly waving a flag for strengthening armaments and encouraging arms export.
 
Comrades all over the world! Now is the time to break the oppressions by degenerate leaders of the labour movements caught in nationalism for 'national interests' and to promote antiwar struggle internationally!
 
Recollect the words of Lenin in the middle of World War I! He denounced the then existing leaderships of labour movements for having supported the war in the name of 'defence of the homeland' and called on the workers and people over the world to overthrow the government at home continuing the bloody war.
 
We call on you, comrades of the world. 'The peace movement of today is no practical unless it is united with the working class struggle for their self-liberation. ... It is realistic only as realization of proletarian humanism aiming for the liberation of the workers from the human alienation in which they are thingivated as labour-power commodity' (Kan'ichi Kuroda). Only the internationally united fight of the working class, overcoming the degenerate leaderships of labour movements, can eradicate the vicious cycle of the nuclear armament race between the US and China / Russia.
 
Comrades all over the world! Let us rise in an international antiwar struggle together!

(July 1st, 2015)

 



Speeches from the Maohi Delegates

Heinui Le Caill

président de radio TE REO O TEFANA 

 

Chers camarades et amis, Ia orana (bonjour)!

Mon camarade et moi-même sommes très honorés de participer au 53e congrès international pour la paix. Nous vous remercions pour votre invitation et votre accueil chaleureux.

Nous venons de Tahiti et c’est en tant que Ma’ohi que nous nous exprimons aujourd’hui. Mao’hi Nui est le vrai nom de notre Pays et Tahiti est son île capitale. En mai 2013, notre Pays a été réinscrit sur la liste des territoires non-autonomes de l’ONU sous le nom de Ma’ohi Nui.

Ce combat pour la réinscription de notre pays sur la liste onusienne a été mené depuis plus de trente ans par un travail acharné, par la recherche continue du soutien d’ONG comme la vôtre, de celui de divers pays et de notre population. Cela a pu aboutir grâce à la volonté politique forte de monsieur Oscar Manutahi Temaru (le président du TAVINI HUIRAATIRA parti indépendantiste et anti-nucléaire), de nos élus et grâce au soutien international dont le vôtre. Néanmoins, nous ne sommes qu’au début du chemin vers la souveraineté pour être UN PEUPLE et UNE NATION. Comme le dit un proverbe japonais: «Aucune route n’est longue à côté d’un ami». Merci.

Nous, la nouvelle génération, qui avions grandi durant les essais nucléaires français effectués en Polynésie française, nous sommes aussi victimes. Sans jamais l’avoir demandé, nous sommes les héritiers de ses conséquences néfastes. C’est donc en tant qu’enfants de la bombe atomiquefrançaise (193 bombes atomiques en tout) que nous commémorerons avec le peuple japonais le 70e anniversaire des bombardements américains de Hiroshima et Nagasaki les 6 et 9 août prochains.

C’est aussi en tant que représentants de la radio souverainiste et anti-nucléaire TE REO O TEFANA et en tant que membres du TAVINI HUIRAATIRA que nous nous joignons à vous aujourd’hui.
Je suis le président du conseil d’administration de la radio…Je m’appelle Heinui Le Caill… et mon collègue, Guillaume Colombani, en est le trésorier.

 

En 1995, l’Etat français décidait de reprendre ses essais nucléaires à Moruroa et Fangataufa. La communauté internationale désapprouvait cette décision et le peuple ma’ohi n’avait pas droit à la parole car «la Polynésie, c’est la France». Cette décision unilatérale, ce crime contre l’humanité fait à notre peuple depuis le 2 juillet 1966, date du premier essai atomique français en Polynésie, vous a choqué et nous a meurtri.

Vous étiez nombreux à vous être déplacés à Tahiti arborant des casques blanc et rouge.

Vous étiez nombreux à marcher aux côtés de nos familles et aux côtés de nos organisations pour dire STOP AUX ESSAIS et OUI pour le respect de notre peuple en tant que PEUPLE à part entière.

A cette époque, nous étions plus jeunes mais nous y avons aussi participé pour affirmer notre droit de choisir notre présent et notre devenir. Je me souviens des couvre feux qui ont suivi les jours d’émeutes et je me souviens des militaires et CRS français arpentant nos rues pour nous maintenir au calme. J’avais compris que mon pays ne m’appartenait pas mais qu’il appartenait à la France: «la Polynésie, c’était la France».

Une grande partie de notre population n’a pas bénéficié du grand développement économique. Le Général De Gaulle a vendu à notre population ce grand développement économique pour implanter le Centre d’Expérimentation du Pacifique (CEP) en Polynésie. L’élite politique locale pro-Française a loué ses bienfaits durant les essais mais le résultat a été différent. Ça a été le début du règne du poison. Nos esprits ont été corrompus par l’argent qui tombait à flot. Les gens ont quitté leurs terres pour construire les sites d’expérimentation. La censure a été appliquée aux médias et aussi à la population. Les bases de notre société, déjà malmenées par la colonisation, ont subi un grave déséquilibre irréversible.

En 1995, lors de la reprise des essais nucléaires en 1995, la population rejetée du système s’est soulevée et des émeutes ont eu lieu. Le gouvernement français a répondu par la force et à coup de l’lacrymogène. Des gens sont allés en prison. Les gens avaient compris que les essais nucléaires étaient dangereux. Certains travailleurs des sites d’expérimentation ont vu leurs collègues mourir suite à l’irradiation.

Aujourd’hui, l’environnement, la société, l’économie, la santé et la cutlure ont été déstabilisés par trente ans d’essais nucléaires. Nous sommes plus que dépend de la France : 80 % de notre alimentation provient de l’étranger, le taux de chômage est très élevé, 60% de la populatio a moins de 20ans. La France ne reconnaît pas les dommages faits à notre société et encore moins le fait de nous dédommager. Le système n’a toujours pas changé.

 

Votre histoire, votre soutien durable et votre lutte pour la paix, l’égalité des travailleurs et la fraternité à travers le Monde ont permis notre prise de conscience.

Pendant trente ans, le TAVINI HUIRAATIRA a mené des actions pacifiques pour réveiller les consciences et pour informer la population que le gouvernement français s’est permis de réliser ses essais chez nous car nous sommes une colonie française . Ces actions ont été décriées par l’Etat français et les forces politiques locales pro-Etat mais malgré tout ces nombreuses actions ont marqué les esprits. Pour donner la parole à un peuple condamné au silence et à l’ignorance durant l’ère du CEP, Radio TE REO O TEFANA a vu le jour. C’était le seul média à nous informer sur la question du nucléaire et sur notre droit d’être UN PEUPLE. C’était la seule radio à porter la parole d’un peuple soumis au silence.

Ce silence protégeait la grandeur de l’Etat. OUI LES ESSAIS NUCLEAIRES FRANÇAIS SONT PROPRES. Cette propagande d’Etat colonialiste est toujours d’actualité. Les représentants de l’Etat français le répètent encore et encore sans relâche.

Pourquoi nous maintenir encore dans l’ignorance 20 ans après le dernier essai atomique? Pourquoi les conséquences de ces essais sont encore sous estimées?

Malgré cela, nous prenons réellement conscience des risques que l’on encourt face au nucléaire. En 2004, Oscar Manutahi Temaru devint Président du Pays. En 2005, une commission fut créée par l’Assemblée pour enquêter sur les conséquences des essais nucléaires dans notre pays. Son rapport fut approuvé par la majorité des élus de l’Assemblée du pays. La France ne pouvait plus maintenir le même discours et la même attitude. Cette commission a répondu à nos questions. Elle nous a fourni des informations sur l’impact réel des essais atomiques atmosphériques sur nos différentes îles. S’en est suivi, le vote d’une loi en France (la loi Maurin) pour dédommager les travailleurs qui ont été contaminés. Seuls 13 personnes ont été reconnus victimes des essais nucléaires français en 2014. En 2007, la DSCEN, un service du pays, fut créée pour poursuivre les recherches, pour rassembler les témoignages des victimes et pour publier au grand public ses travaux concernant les essais.

Grâce aux travaux de la DSCEN, aujourd’hui nous savons que l’atoll de Moruroa risque de s’effondrer. Cela nous mettra directement en danger ainsi que toute la région. Les bombardements de Hiroshima et Nagasaki, la catastrophe de Fukushima et nos échanges nous aussi aidés à comprendre les risques.

Notre demande pour un état des lieux réel sur notre Pays se poursuit aujourd’hui à l’ONU. Le TAVINI HUIRAATIRA y travaille sans relâche.

Aujourd’hui, nous prenons davantage conscience de notre rôle à jouer en tant que citoyen pour réclamer justice et vérité. L’ONG Moruroa e tatou mène ce combat depuis 2001 pour défendre les anciens travailleurs de Moruroa et Fangataufa et les victimes des essais nucléaires français. Lorsqu’en 2013, l’ancien président du gouvernement Gaston Flosse décida de raser le mémorial des essais nucléaires à Papeete, la nouvelle génération s’est mobilisée sur les réseaux sociaux puis sur le site même pour protéger cette mémoire et pour notre dignité. Elle a réussi. Le collectif citoyen PUHIHAU, l’association catholique 193 (en référence aux 193 essais atomiques) et la section ma’ohi de la ligue internationale des femmes pour la paix et la liberté - Women international league for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)) se sont unis cette année à Moruroa e tatou pour défendre notre droit à connaître notre histoire nucléaire et notre droit à la vérité et à la justice. A l’action politique suit l’acte citoyen.

Connaître notre histoire est une nécessité pour les générations d’aujourd’hui et de demain. Cette histoire n’est pas racontée comme il se doit dans nos livres scolaires. Pourquoi? Parce que cela ne sera pas apprécié par l’Etat français. Raconter et enseigner la vérité fait peur. Pourtant, c’est en faisant cela que nos enfants pourront assumer leurs responsabilités futures en tant que peuple du Pacifique.

Nous prenons également conscience de notre richesse et de notre place dans notre région Pacifique. Nous sommes au milieu de l’océan Pacifique. Notre pays est de 5 millions de km2 d’océan. Nous sommes un pays océan aussi grand que l’Europe. Nos sous-sols sous-marins regorgent de minerais rares nécessaires pour la fabrication des objets de consommation de masse de notre temps (TV, phone, LED…). Notre Pays est riche en biodiversité capable de nourrir un continent voir la planète et aux possibilités d’exploitation en énergies renouvelables incommensurables…

Nous sommes conscients que l’économie de demain se trouve sous les océans avec ces mines sous-marines et la France veut sa part du gâteau. Après nous avoir empoisonné par ses essais atomiques, elle utilisera tous les moyens en sa possession pour nous empêcher d’être un pays souverain.

 

Grâce à nous, elle est la seconde puissance maritime au monde et elle siège en tant que Nation ayant la force de frappe de dissuasion nucléaire au sein du comité de sécurité de l’ONU.

Nous avons conscients des enjeux géopolitiques qui se jouent mais nous sommes un peuple courageux qui luttera pacifiquement pour ses droits.

Mais que faisons-nous aujourd’hui? Nous tendons la main à l’Etat français comme au temps du nucléaire et nous attendons les investisseurs étrangers.

Le TAVINI HUIRAATIRA a conscience de ces richesses et ne laissera pas le peuple Maohi se faire dépouiller par l’impérialisme sous couvert de raison d’Etat ou par facilité. Mais on ne peut défendre équitablement nos droits sans être au même rang que celui-ci, sans être reconnu comme une Nation. Notre réinscription sur la liste des pays non autonomes va dans ce sens.

L’expansion impérialiste dans la région Pacifique n’est pas que française comme le souligne votre appel à participer à ce 53e congrès international. Nous le savons. La tension entre ces nations est risquée pour le maintien de la Paix. Nous prenons donc conscience que l’enjeu est bel et bien la dénucléarisation globale.

A notre niveau, le mécanisme est avant tout psychologique et politique. Psychologique car l’Etat français nous a imposé le silence et le dogme des essais propres pendant plus de 30 ans. En 2010, la loi Morin a été promulguée pour indemniser les victimes civiles et militaires de ses essais nucléaires néanmoins mais l’Etat reste juge et parti dans l’histoire. C’est l’Etat français qui désigne les membres de la commission d’indemnisation et les décisions de cette commission ne sont pas totalement neutres et impartiales puisque seuls 10% des dossiers soumis ont été indemnisés. Cette loi comme la mise en place dernièrement d’un comité de suivi de Moruroa et l’envoi de deux biologistes sur Fangataufa permettent ainsi à l’Etat de gérer ça seul, sans le regard des autres nations et sans l’avis de nos élus et de notre peuple. C’est une résolution franco-française des conséquences de ses essais nucléaires. Sa propagande locale des essais propres peut ainsi se poursuivre sans aucun problème.

Le mécanisme doit être également politique. Comme le précisait notre représentant et élu Richard Tuheiava face au comité de suivi spécial de la décolonisation de l'ONU en juin dernier : il est nécessaire d’évaluer les dommages dévastateurs causés par 30 ans d’essais nucléaires sur nos populations et les générations à venir (soit 800 fois la bombe d’Hiroshima). Un vrai comité d’experts internationaux doit être envoyé sur les atolls de Moruroa et Fangataufa. Il a d’ailleurs déclaré que «les droits du peuple polynésien ne seront pas bafoués par la volonté de la Puissance occupante d’enrayer le processus» de décolonisation. C’est à l’ONU que le TAVINI HUIRAATIRA poursuit aussi la lutte. Le constat est que la France n’a toujours pas reconnue officiellement le fait nucléaire et colonial dans notre Pays.

Au final, la France ne chercherait-elle pas à gagner du temps face à ses vraies responsabilités vis-à-vis des Ma’ohi et vis-à-vis de la communauté internationale? C’est la dernière Nation du comité de sécurité de l’ONU à avoir signé le Traité d’interdiction des essais atomiques. La logique voudrait que la dénucléarisation suive mais rien n’avance.

Ce combat est donc le nôtre. L’ère nucléaire a fait trop de mal et a fait son temps.  

Chers camarades!

Votre combat est aussi le nôtre. La mobilisation des peuples vaincra contre l’exploitation des masses populaires, le colonialisme et l’impérialisme! 

Merci pour votre attention

Guillaume Columbani
Treasurer of TE REO O TEFANA
 
 Comrades! Ia ora na!
 My French name is Guillaume. My Tahitian name is Tematangi. I am very honored to be with you today and I want to thank you for the invitation.
 I come from Tahiti. I hope everyone here knows where is Tahiti. We are part of French Polynesia and we even have a commercial brand for tourism purposes: The Islands of Tahiti.
 But we prefer to say "Ma'ohi Nui"!
 My island is very far from here, and from every big nations in the world. But did you know we share something with you? We have something in common. A treasure. It is so big, we could fit all continents inside. It is a treasure. It feeds us, links us with our cousins from the other islands and soon it will be the source of our development.
 Yes, my friends. I'm talking about the Pacific Ocean.
 Unfortunately, some people from abroad, decided that the biggest part of our Earth where nothing but a disposal. Nothing but a "hole in a donut". They considered it as unsignificant. They decided to conduct nuclear or missiles tests, using our islands as bases. Destroying lives and altering our DNA, our future. They used it as a toxic and nuclear waste disposal.
 But the mighty Pacific Ocean deserves so much more than what he received. Indeed, he feeds millions of humans.
 Would you accept eating something dirty? Would you let your children eat something dirty? No, I don't think so. Then, how and why, do we accept or let the military industrial complex destroy our pantry, the world's pantry???
 We have something else in common. We are the victims of the nuclear lobby.
 In our islands, Moruroa e tatou built a memorial for the victims of the French nuclear era. But there were a tentative of removing it but we fought against it and we won. This is still the fight between the Good and the Evil.
 Today, more than ever, we must unite and fight for the denuclearization of the planet. We are in the center of what will be called the "Economy of the Future".
 We must fight so that Humanity can continue living on our planet. As Ban Ki Moon said, "there is no planet B".
 Thank you, mauruuru, for your attention.





Organizations and indivisuals who greeted the Assembly

- David McReynolds
-
Union Pacifiste de France
- Российская Коммунистическая Рабочая Партия
- Faridabad Majdoor Samachar
- A World to Win
- Исайчиков Виктор Фёдорович
- 평화와통일을여는사람들 (Spark)
- Revolutionary Marxists in Britain
- Владимир Пронин
- News and Letters Committees
- Fracción Leninista Trotskista Internacional – Colectivo por la IV Internacional
- National Alliance of People’s Movements
- Тюменский областной комитет РКРП-КПСС
- DIE LINKE
- Socialist Alliance
- Left Radical of Afghanistan
- Российская партия коммунистов

- Lewisham People Before Profit
- EEK (Workers Revolutionary Party)

 



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