75th anniversary of victory over fascism in Europe: We salute all those who fought in the anti-fascist war to secure peace, freedom and democracy

On May 9, 1945, Nazi Germany surrendered to the Soviets in Berlin. Since then, May 9 is celebrated as Victory Day, recalling the massive sacrifice of the peoples of the world, led by the then Soviet Union, to defeat nazi-fascism in World War II.

On this occasion, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) salutes all Canadians who contributed to the victory against fascism. It salutes the peoples of Europe, Asia, Africa and the entire world who contributed to this historic victory. CPC(M-L) pays deepest respects to the memory of all those from the occupied countries who fought and died as a result of the Nazi onslaught and thanks the resistance fighters who worked as one to defeat the fascist occupier. Most importantly, CPC(M-L) recognizes and salutes the courage and sacrifice of the Soviet Union under the leadership of J.V Stalin. The peoples that made up Soviet Russia and the Soviet Republics rose as one and broke the back of the Nazi war machine at tremendous cost. All of them fought for peace, freedom and democracy so that humanity would never again know the scourge of fascism and war.

Canada, joined by then-British colony Newfoundland, played its part by sending 1.1 million troops to fight in the war, including more than 130,000 Quebeckers. They distinguished themselves in many battles and campaigns, particularly in the Normandy landings, the Italian campaign and the liberation of Holland.

Today, this anniversary is held under conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic when it is not possible to have the celebrations the occasion calls for. But the peoples of the world are nonetheless striving to affirm the same things in today’s conditions — peace, freedom and democracy. Even as humankind unites to defend itself in the face of the coronavirus, the U.S. imperialists and their henchmen in various countries, including Canada, continue heinous attempts to arouse animosity towards China and to isolate Russia, going so far as to deny the Soviet Union’s role in the anti-fascist war. This is a continuation of Britain’s “Operation Unthinkable” by which the British ruling class tried to get the Germans to surrender to U.S. General Eisenhower in a deal that violated the “Terms of Surrender of Germany” drawn up by the three allied powers – Britain, the U.S. and the Soviet Union – on July 25, 1944. The U.S. imperialists and their unscrupulous adjuncts also continue sanctions against Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and others, and the occupation of Palestine and deprivation and imprisonment of its people. They either actively instigate or condone other acts of war. Their rendering of what was at stake in World War II is an Anglo-American chauvinist and anti-communist attempt to promote the anachronistic liberal democratic institutions as the pinnacle of human freedom, even as they show their utter contempt for the well-being of the people and their mission to use the state to pay the rich.

The 75th anniversary of the magnificent victory over the Nazis is an occasion to relaunch an impassioned defence of the cause of peace, freedom and democracy in today’s conditions. Today more than ever, it is necessary to oppose wars of aggression and occupation and the use of force to resolve conflicts between nations, so that the dangers of another world war and other calamities that threaten humanity in the most profound ways can be stemmed and prevented. The role Canada is playing internationally as a henchman for U.S. imperialist aggression, as seen today in its role to foment regime change in Venezuela and appease U.S. policy against other countries, and actively participate in the NATO war machine is not acceptable.

Let us dismantle the U.S.-led warmongering alliance NATO and NORAD, demand that all troops on foreign soil return home, and end the wars of aggression and occupation, coups d’état to achieve regime change and imperialist sanctions, which are criminal acts of war and violations of human rights.

On May 9, 2020, we profoundly honour the memory of all those who fought to defeat fascism by working to make Canada a zone for peace, opposing Canada’s political and economic integration into the U.S. war machine and opposing the use of force to resolve conflicts between nations and within nations.

All Out to Humanize the Natural and Social Environment
and Make Canada a Zone for Peace

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