Denouncing the terrorist attacks in Paris and the imperialist policies

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The attacks that in Paris last Friday (13) deserve our strongest condemnation. By doing so, we express our heart-felt condolences to the victims' families and to the entire French people.

Terrorism is a brutal and cruel method that has as main target innocent people and should be condemned in the strongest terms.

We join the peace-loving and freedom-loving peoples' appeal in the whole world for the struggle against the groups using these methods, currently making ever more victims in various countries, from Nigeria to Lebanon, Tunisia, Syria and France. The peoples unite in solidarity with the victims and nations seeking ways to overcome this brutal challenge.

The peoples also unite to denounce the role of the great imperialist powers and their interference policies, as well as their "proxy wars" feeding the terrorist networks. The attacks show, with cruelty, that among the victims of the aggressive policies led by certain governments, such as the US, France and the UK's, among others, are their own citizens.

These policies have laid fertile ground for groups such as the so-called "Islamic State", and the imperialists instrumentalized terrorist groups for their attempts at overthrowing the Syrian government.

Furthermore, we express our concern with strengthened xenophobia and the militarization of the French government's response to the latest massacre of innocent people, the usual Islamophobic reaction, and the imposition of "exceptional measures" against the most essential democratic rights.

The world needs to change its course, the hegemonic forces' policies, based on interference, militarization, violation of International Law and wars must be substituted by policies in defence of peace and national sovereignty. The struggle against the terrorism of groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda is directly linked with the struggle against the State terrorism of imperialist powers.

Socorro Gomes
President of the World Peace Council