Condemnation and solidarity messages on Brussels attacks (Updated)

WP of Belgium:

"The Brussels terror attacks: between rage and resilience 

On Tuesday, March 22, the blind terror of Islamic State sent shock waves through Brussels, and far beyond. Terrorist bomb attacks, one in Brussels Airport and another one in the Maalbeek metro station, near the EU buildings, caused at least 31 deaths and 250 injured, many of them seriously. Baggage handlers at the airport, train personnel at the metro, travellers and commuters, common people from all walks of life, individuals and families from different nationalities, convictions and origins are among the victims.

“Their lives have been taken away by barbaric fanatics”, said Peter Mertens, Chairman of the PTB (Workers' Party of Belgium) in a first reaction. “There are no excuses whatsoever for these cowardly acts of terror, aimed at destroying our living together. The IS terrorists want to impose their world view of mutual hatred, increasing division, more militarisation and new wars. But they won't succeed. Because solidarity and resilience stand in their way. As in the touching case of Alphonse Youla, the black baggage handler who helped six or seven people escape the nightmare at Brussels Airport. As in the thousands of messages on social media with the hashtag #Iwanttohelp: people offering a ride out of Brussels, a place to spend the night or donating blood. The very day of the attacks, hundreds of people spontaneously gathered at Brussels' central Bourse Place, where Iraqi oud player Hossein sang a song of hope.”

Dirk De Block, PTB Brussels Chairman, and Youssef Handichi, member of the Brussels Parliament for the PTB and himself a former bus driver and trade-unionist, immediately tweeted: “We won't let those cowards destroy what we have built together”, thus expressing a widely held sentiment among the Brussels population. In Brussels and in many other cities throughout Belgium, these days several solidarity vigils, marches and assemblies are being held, in which the PTB takes an active part.

But today we also have to ask many questions, and many answers will need to be provided. Since the Paris attacks last November, people in Brussels have had to cope with heavily armed military in the streets. They now come to the conclusion that these have certainly not helped to avoid terror attacks. The authorities have been blaming entire communities as hotbeds of terrorism that needed a thorough “cleaning up”, thus putting their inhabitants' democratic rights at stake, instead of using specific and selective measures aimed at precise terrorists and their network. Other issues come to the fore with even more force than before the Brussels attacks. How to tackle racism and exclusion, discrimination and inequality, while stimulating and enhancing the people's unity and resistance against the government's anti-austerity measures? How to promote a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and particularly in Syria, through dialogue and negotiations with all local and regional actors involved, instead of taking the military option and adding more bombs and destruction? How to efficiently combat IS and its ultra-reactionary ideology, if not by taking on the financial and logistical support it continues to get via Saudi-Arabia, the Gulf States and Turkey – all NATO allies? For in the medium term, it is only by tackling the root causes that we will be able to effectively counter terror and war, hate and division, racism and exclusion."

 

Communist Party of Greece (KKE):

"The murderous acts increase the dangers of new interventions and repressive measures 

We condemn these murderous acts in Brussels and of course we express once again our full solidarity with the Belgian people and the families of the victims. These murderous acts in essence serve, further develop and increase the dangers of new interventions, new wars, the development of terrorist activity, as well as repressive measures against the peoples, the growth of xenophobia and racism, phenomena that must be avoided not just in Belgium, but in Europe and the world as a whole. From this standpoint, there needs to be vigilance and readiness on the part of all the people's movements."

 GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumpas

 

Communist Party of Bohemia & Moravia:

"On today’s attacks in Brussels [En]

Let me express our deepest condolence towards the families of last outrageous terrorist attack’s victims in Brussels. I believe that the police not only in Belgium, but also other police services across Europe shall cooperate so that those horrible acts can’t be multiplied or only repeated.

Moreover, I am convinced that after those attacks, responsible EU bodies as well as the ones in individual member states would understand that the matter is to evoke both the chaos and the atmosphere of fear across our continent, and that it is necessary to implement decisive measures on the areas of war conflicts, especially in the Middle East and in Northern Africa, and it is necessary, too, to make the local situation to be stabilized through the UN Security Council as well as to change the asylum policy instead the EU to act in surrender manner towards Turkey."

(March 22, 2016)

JUDr. Vojtěch Filip

vice-chairman of the Chamber of Deputies in Czech Republic’s Parliament

Chairman of Communist Party of Bohemia & Moravia’s Central Committee

 

German Communist Party (DKP):

DKP on the terrorist attacks in Brussels [DE]

 

Communist Party, Turkey (KP):

We declare our solidarity with the people of Belgium

Communist Party, Turkey strongly condemns the terrible attacks in Belgium. The people of Turkey, who have recently experienced similar attacks, understand deeply the sorrow and dread of the Belgian people.

We very well know that, IS, the estimated attacker, is the direct product of imperialism which tries to shape the Middle East according to its interests. On the other side, the imperialist powers still seek benefits from the attacks. The abandonment of the political rights and the withdrawal of the people from the political arena is in question due to the irritation generated by terrorism.

Yet, Erdoğan's talk about the possibility of an attack in Brussells just couple of days ago, is such an irony. Maybe Erdoğan was not actually aware of the attacks, but he himself is one of those beneficiary from the religious gangs in the Middle East.

Looking at the whole picture, one could see the capitalistic monopolies beneath the religious terrorism. We will not let the monopolies darken our world and draw the labouring people out of politics.

For that, KP once again strongly declares its solidarity with the people of Belgium

CC of Communist Party, Turkey

 

Communist Party of Ukraine:

Communist Party of Ukraine expresses its deepest condolences to the people of Belgium who is facing terrorist acts committed in Brussels on 22 March 2016 left lot of people dead and wounded.

International terrorism is a deadly threat to all humanity; therefore, counterterrorism fight should become a task of everyone who cares about the world and the future of our planet.

Ukrainian Communists say: "No terrorism, no murder, no violence!"