Monday 29 April 2019

May Day 2019 Declaration of Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr

Welsh Socialist Republicans rejects the fake "independence" of Plaid Cymru which replaces capitalist Britain with capitalist Europe.

We will not be party to utilizing Plaid Cymru's Welsh Bourgeois Nationalism to put a new set of bureaucrat capitalists in power in Wales to better serve the Eurocrats of Brussels rather than London

The Welsh Socialist Republicans believes the only class in Wales which is capable of leading Wales to the new democracy of autonomous self government in Wales is the working class. 

That is true Welsh Independence !

Our Welsh national struggle is ultimately a class struggle an insight developed by John Maclean  for Scotland and James Connolly for Ireland but eludes the Welsh National Movement.

In the struggle for national and social liberation in Wales we need to enlist the support of English, Scottish and the Irish working class and other national minorities.

Organizationally we seek to strengthen ties with working class organizations throughout the British Isles to support working class power in Wales, as this will also give a base area for their class struggles against the British State.

We are Welsh Socialist Republicans with the working class spirit of the Miners Next Step of 1912 we believe in the power of our class the working class to change Wales and the world.

Long live the spirit of the Great Unrest of 1910-12 - Long Live the Welsh Socialist Republican Congress –  Long Live Welsh Socialist Republicanism.

Friday 26 April 2019

'Cofiwch Dryweryn' - Signs of a Welsh National Revival - Precursor of the 50th Anniversary of the Anti Investiture Protests ?

At Least 50 Signs of our Times - Cofiwch Dryweryn signs across Wales - Remembering our history in living memory - lets reclaim our historical memory just like John Jenkins told us too at the beginning of 2019 - support 50th Anniversary Anti Investiture Protests.




Saturday 13 April 2019

Cofiwch Dryweryn mural : Smash our Monuments - But We Will Rise Again

Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr says we  have a History of our monuments not being recognized like Welsh Battle sites or being defaced or destroyed like the Cofiwch Dryweryn mural.

This latest act of vandalism must strengthen the Welsh spine of resistance.

Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr is part of that resistance and in July 2019 we will celebrate at the 50 Anniversary of the protests against the Investiture and expose the supine collaborators with the British State mocked out in Welsh garb which cause our almost permanent  state of weakness.

We will Rise Again

Friday 5 April 2019

Tom Jones : Remembering a Welshman who challenged Franco and the fascists

Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr says  remembering Welsh Anti Fascists is more important than ever especially with the rise of the new Syncretic Fascism in Wales of Ein Gwlad  - the principal ideology of Post 1945 Fascism - has found a Welsh niche.

It is our duty to expose it at every opportunity while remembering those that gave their lives in Wales fighting Fascism and Nazism in the past.

Remembering a Welshman who challenged Franco and the fascists

It is 80 years this year since the end of the most bloody civil war of continental Europe in the twentieth century.

Between 1936 and 1939, Spain was split between the republicans and the left wing, and the right-wing nationalists, with Francisco Franco, who went on to become the dictator of Spain, among them.

Although the battle was in Spain, it was seen as an international war by many, with volunteers from Italy, Germany and Portugal (the Fascist side) and the USSR, Mexico and France (Republicans) taking part. in the battle.

Among those who traveled there to fight were young men from Wales. One of them was Tom Jones from Rhosllannerchrugog near Wrexham, who was known as 'Twm Sbaen'.

On Saturday, 6 April a special festival will be held in Wrexham to recognize Twm Sbaen's contribution to the fight against fascism.

Marc Jones is one of the festival's organizers: "This is an opportunity to remember Twm Sbaen's contribution to the whole thing, and what it stimulates.

"He was a miner, and also secretary of the Rhos Peace Council. He was a man who believed for peace so much that he went out to fight for him."

The Gresford colliery disaster near Wrexham in 1934 probably affected Twm. Seeing the bodies came to light after the accident was a major influence on his political beliefs.

Two years later he joined tens of other Welshmen in the International Brigade.

"The Spanish Civil War was a prelude, or a starting point for the Second World War," said Marc. "We often remember the Second World War, but we don't remember what happened before. There was an opportunity to stop the World War in Spain, but that didn't happen, despite the efforts of people like Twm Spain. "

Picture above Tom Jones

Leaving Wales for Spain

"Twm told his parents that he was going to Colwyn Bay for the weekend, where he was really traveling to Barcelona. It wasn't so easy in those days either, to travel to Spain!

"I'm sure there was a bit of an adventure, but it was an important adventure, and there was something very serious behind it."

Twm traveled to Spain through France to fight for the International Brigade.

After a long period of fighting Tom was in the bloody battle of the Ebro in 1938, and was the only survivor of his battalion. He suffered injuries while fighting, and was imprisoned by the Fascists.

He was first imprisoned in Zaragoza, and then in Burgos in northern Spain, the city where Generalissimo Francisco Franco and the Fascists had made it their own headquarters.

"He was injured by bullets in five places on his body," explains Marc. "He was sentenced to death twice, and his parents received a death certificate stating that he had killed him, but the sentence was suspended on both occasions."

Twm was released in 1940 after the British Government paid £ 2m for his release.

"It is said," said Marc, "the £ 2m was paid not to Franco, but in soap. By 1940 things were quite rare, but obviously Britain had a spare soap."

Return to Wales

Twm was a communist when he was young but he continued to be very active with the trade unions and workers' rights later in life.

In 1953 he became a full-time officer with the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU), and was secretary of the union in Wales until his retirement in 1973. He died in Wrexham in 1990.

"I didn't meet him personally," says Marc Jones, "but I've spoken to his family a lot. The family comes to the festival and are very supportive. a grandson speaks Welsh and lives in the Hawarden area, one of Twm's grandchildren now lives in Spain. "

Hopes for the Festival

"As this is the first one and we have been working for him over the last few months, there will be a lot going out for the procession around the town. In the afternoon we will be at Tŷ Pawb, the Wrexham arts center where we will have the opportunity to listen to the talks and discussions we have organized.

"A Catalan speaker will also come to discuss the modern fascism of the Spanish State, and many other contributors will discuss fascism that exists throughout the world today."

Tom Jones - Spain




Monday 1 April 2019

Red Salute to Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu and his win in Dersim in North Kurdistan from Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr

Historic Win: Communist Candidate Wins Municipality in Turkey/ North Kurdistan

Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu is famous for fiscal transparency and implementing a cooperative agricultural production model in Ovacik and neighboring districts.

Communist Party of Turkey/North Kurdistan candidate Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu won the Dersim municipality, which makes the city the first to be governed by communists in the history of Turkey.

The total number of electors in Dersim, located in the Tunceli province in the eastern part of the country, is 56,943, of a total population of over 86,000. According to the unofficial reports, Maçoğlu won by 32.41 percent, followed by the HDP, CHP, and AKP - President Erdogan’s party - with 27.97, 20.95, and 14.76 percent, respectively.

"We will demonstrate to the whole country that a socialist model is possible," the “communist mayor”, as he is known, said to the Turkish newspaper SoL. Maçoğlu was previously the mayor of Ovacık.

There he gained popularity for fiscal transparency and implementing a cooperative agricultural production model in Ovacik and neighboring districts. Through this initiative, the municipality also provided agricultural subsidies, including seeds and gas oil, and purchase guarantee.

"We will expand the production and administration system we started in Ovacık”, said Maçoğlum adding that the municipality will be administered with the people with an “open door” policy.

The people of Dersim won!

According to the Turkish Statistical Institution (TUIK), Dersim was ranked as the top city in the quality of life index in 2016 and is among the top-ranking cities with the most educated/literate population.

Sunday's elections, in which Turks vote for mayors and other local officials across the country, are the first since Tayyip Erdogan assumed the presidency last year after the country changed its government system to a presidential one. Official results are expected at midnight.

Erdogan and his party have been in power for more than 16 years but he could be dealt a large electoral blow with official figures indicating his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) may lose control of the capital Ankara, and even Istanbul, the country's largest city. This is partly due to a burgeoning economic crisis in the country.