April 27, 2022 | 1 minute read | Tags:

Remembering the Easter Rising

The Easter Rising struck a blow for a free Ireland. As Britain deepens its involvement in the conflict in Ukraine we must likewise seek ways to strike against the modern military machine.

Remembering the Easter Rising

Red Fightback remembers the 1916 uprising of Irish Republicans against the British Empire. We celebrate this blow struck for a free Ireland, and we commemorate those who gave their lives in this struggle, those who were executed for their part, and those civilians murdered in the British attack on Dublin.

The Easter Rising has important lessons for Communist and anti-colonial movements today. This rebellion was not some adventurist manoeuvre, but the decisive action of a vanguard with substantial and growing mass support: this is made clear by its role in the 1919 declaration of independence. The suppression of the uprising did not and could not stop these revolutionaries from advancing the popular position of a liberated Ireland, the struggle for which continues to this day. Today, as the "cost of living" poverty crisis settles in, we must similarly look to base our position in the needs of the broad mass of working and marginalised people, and to make our actions work to advance the popular positions of class struggle and of liberatory politics.

Furthemore the Rising took advantage of the British Empire's involvement in the first imperialist world war to amplify its blow against the empire generally and its military specifically. The organising Irish Republican Brotherhood understood well how the reactionary character of the German Empire did not detract from the objectively progressive use of their support by the rebellion. As Britain deepens its involvement in the conflict in Ukraine we must likewise seek ways to strike against the modern military machine, and resolutely push forward a revolutionary defeatist position.