The 21st International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties Completed After Four Days


The 21st International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties has just taken place in the city of Izmir in western Turkey, despite recent government crackdowns on communists following the invasion of Syria. The event, hosted by the Turkish Communist Party (TKP) and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), pledged to continue “the fight for peace and socialism.” 

The event was a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Communist International, founded in March 1919 by V.I. Lenin. The parties who gathered in Turkey have all committed to continue the legacy of the original Communist International. Kemal Okuyan, General Secretary of the Turkish Communist Party, stated that “in a short time and together, we will regain our claims and enthusiasm we had 100 years ago.”

The gathering’s location was of extreme significance, at a time when the Turkish government is currently continuing the West’s imperialist assault on Syria through military intervention. The actions of the Turkish government in Syria were strongly condemned by the participants of the meeting, including by the Communist Party of Turkey. Turkish communists have been victims of increased persecution in recent weeks due to their active opposition to the government’s intervention in Syria. Party members have been arrested and an event celebrating its 100th anniversary (as part of the International Meeting) had to be cancelled. The meeting demonstrated an act of strong defiance against the increasingly fascist Erdoğan regime and sent a message to all imperialists of the world: despite their best efforts to get rid of us, communists are still here and will still struggle against them. 

Despite the parties present representing millions of people across the world, including several ruling parties, the meeting garnered absolutely no attention from the mainstream capitalist media, nor even the “progressive media” in the west. The Bourgeoisie’s mouthpieces still do not want to acknowledge that communism is alive and thriving and certainly a viable option for the world’s working people.

This meeting, on the year of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Comintern, shows that the fight for peace and socialism does indeed continue. Communism is alive and well, and soon the weight of historical inevitability will bring the capitalist system crashing down and open the way for a new system – a system without exploitation.  

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