Location: LPT Hall
to mark 50 years' Independence
LALIT will hold a
in Komite Diego, with MLF, CTSP, MPRB and individuals.
For invitation, ring 208 5551.
20 March; The Provisional Government abolishes religious and ethnic restrictions formerly imposed by Monarchy. Non-Russian languages allowed at private educational institutions and in record-keeping.
See documents section for whole of 1917, and for credits.
Location: LPT Horl
Russian Revolution Centenary only comes once in a 100 years, so do not miss the celebrations. LALIT is hosting multi-media celebration on Sunday 8 October, around a one-hour poem by Steve Bloom, launched in English world-wide the day before including on this website, translated into Mauritian Kreol for LALIT and read by 10 mainly young people. There will be a back-drop of visuals from the Revolution: some hard copy enlargements and some projected versions on a big TV screen: photos of mass meetings and the Petrograd Sovyet during the revolution; photos of individual leaders; banners and posters; art-work on the Revolution; and the explosion of art-work during times of revolution. There will be music played from the revolutionary times: mass choirs singing the L’Internationale to the wildly liberating classical music of Shostakovich, Prokoviev, and others. And there will be seven short speeches: one on What Was the Russian Revolution? The next one on February to October, 1917. Then one on the role of the Bolshevik Party, and the next on the Importance of the Soviets or Workers’ Committees. Then on the Civil War and the Beginning of the counter-revolution, and finally the Stalinist counter-revolution and the importance of internationalism in the struggle for a classless society.
Labour Day in Mauritius in 2017 is being celebrated when working class struggle world-wide is at a low ebb, when the ruling capitalist classes are ruining the planet and human society, just as they were in 1917. But what was Labour Day like, just five months before the Russian Revolution? 100 years ago? It was celebrated by huge working class gatherings across the whole of Russia. It was just two weeks after the publication of Lenin’s April Thesis, which for the first time put working class revolution on the agenda.
Two days after the big Labour Day gatherings, armed soldiers and workers held another two days of marches denouncing the Foreign Minister of the Provisional Government’s secret Agreement with the Allies in the War (Britain and France) that Russia would not withdraw from the war until the planned annexation of new territories by the Allies.
August 1917 in Russia, 100 years ago, as the revolution was building, saw over 100,000 workers laid off as over 500 factories closed down. Prices had by then risen by 250% compared with 1913. Bread was rationed, two pounds per week per person. In August alone, there were 440 cases of peasants and soldiers seizing the land of big estate holders. The Provisional Government is having difficulty in suppressing all the uprisings. Lenin is still in hiding, at this point.
Lenin's "Letters from Afar" published - although in abrided form.
Pandan Lenin ti an exil, Parti Bolshevik pibliye so “Tez Avril” ki averti ki Revolisyon kot klas travayer pran puvwar kapav byin pre; anmemtan Trotsky, osi an exil, arete kan navir dan lekel li pe vwayaze ver Larisi travers Kanada, e 18 Avril ena imans selebrasyon pu Fet Travay. (Kalandriye ti enpe semenn diferan depi Oksidan).