Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
March 9, 2017
In behalf of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), I extend militant greetings of solidarity to the leadership and entire membership of the National Students Front (FMN) on the occasion of its 5th Congress. I wish your Congress great success in strengthening the FMN into a formidable force for change in Indonesian society.
The FMN has been a long-time member of ILPS. It is at the forefront of the people’s struggles in Indonesia along the anti-imperialist and democratic line. It is a key member of ILPS-Indonesia together with other progressive mass organizations like AGRA for peasants and GSBI for workers.
Your struggles are part of the world-wide struggle against imperialism and all reaction. Your victories contribute to the weakening of imperialism and reaction and to the advance of the struggle of all the exploited and oppressed peoples for a new and better world.
Your Congress will take stock of your past achievements and also of your mistakes and shortcomings. This is necessary for you to be able to sum up your work, build on your achievements, rectify errors and shortcomings and advance with confidence and determination.
The role of students and other educated youth is very important in any movement fighting for the national and democratic interests of the people. The youth and students are open to new ideas. When motivated by the democratic and anti-imperialist line, they become a powerful force for social change. They serve as instruments for spreading scientific and progressive ideas to others and serve as catalysts for other sectors to join the struggle for social change.
It is necessary for the youth and students movement to join the struggle of the basic masses of workers and peasants as well as other sectors of the petty bourgeoisie and the national bourgeoisie in a country that is semicolonial and semifeudal like Indonesia. In such a society, the workers, peasants and petty-bourgeoisie constitute the vast majority of the people that are desirous of achieving genuine independence and democracy.
In advancing the struggle for national independence and democracy, you have to take into account developments in the international situation and how they affect the domestic situation in Indonesia.
US imperialism, the number one imperialist power is conspicuously in decline. It continues to suffer from a grave economic and political crisis. It has suffered defeat after defeat in its costly military interventions in the Middle East and Africa. An imperialist power in decline can become more bellicose and aggressive as it vainly clings to its hegemonic position.
Europe has not been able to decisively solve its economic problems and is confronted with growing social tensions as a result of its involvement in the US-led wars of aggression and plunder in the Middle East and Africa.
A new economic, political and security bloc led by Russia and China has emerged to challenge the global hegemony of the US-led western imperialist bloc. The intensification of the struggle between the big powers can open up opportunities for advancing the anti-imperialist and democratic struggles of the peoples of the world.
As for the domestic situation in Indonesia, you are in a better position to analyze the social, economic and political developments and their impact and relevance to the people’s struggle in your county.
Again, we congratulate you for your past achievements and wish you more victories in the years ahead in advancing not only the youth and students movement but the over-all movement of the Indonesian people for national independence and democracy.
Long live FMN!
Advance the Indonesian people’s struggle for genuine independence and democracy!
Long live international solidarity!