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FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 1920.
Russia, the Liberator
How eager the Polish workers affiliated with
the CommuniBt party have been for the ad
vance of the Russian Soviet army, and how
ready they are to establish a Soviet republic at
Warsaw, is made clear by the proclamation
issued to the workers of all countries by the
Central Committee of the Polish Communist
party, text of which is published below.
This proclamation calls upon the workers
of Europe and America to assist the Polish
workers in breaking the chains of the land
owners' government at Warsaw. It calls for a
boycott and strike which shall prevent the
aid to the reactionary regime headed by Pal
The English translation of the Polish text
"To the workers of All Lands:
"On the battlefields of White Russia and of
the Ukraine the Polish imperialism is going
down in a sea of blood. Under the hammer
blows of the Red Army of Russian workers the
Polish front is wavering this laist front of the
world counter-revolution, which was set up by
the gold of Entente capitalism.
Polish Militarism Denounced.
"The Polish Government and the Polish
ruling classes are crying out in their rage to
Europe to bring them help in their distress.
They protest that this is a war of defense, that
it is only a question of the 'independence of
Poland,' which, as they say, is threatened by
'Bolshevik imperialism.' And also with them
the social nationalists of the Polish Socialist
party are appealing for sympathy and help
from the international proletariat and are pre
tending that the victory of revolutionary Russia
means the end of freedom for the Polish work
ers. "At this momentous hour we, Communists
of Poland, raise out voice and say to the work
ers of Europe:
"The Palish workers never had any in
terests in the attack of Polish militarism
upon Soviet Russia.
"This was is in no way a war for the
defense of Polish independence, but is for
the defense of the domination of Polish and
European capitalism at the cost of the
blood of the working masses.
"The Polish workers see in the Red
army no conquerors threatening their free
dom, but an ally in the struggle for emanci
pation. "If the Polish proletariat has not yet made
an end to this war, that is not because it saw in
the war a defense of its freedom, but rather
because it is a prisoner in its own land, bound
with chains and without any influence upon its
Polish Workers Oppressed.
"In no land of Europe, except White Russia
and Rumania of the Black Hundreds, are the
working classes so completely deprived of po
litical freedom as in Poland.
"For 18 months the Polish Government
has ruled without a break by means of
martial law, which was started by the 'So
cialist' government of Moraszewski. The
Communist press cannot appear; the Com
munist party must exist illegally.
"The class-conscious workers have been
thrown by thousands into prison and concentra
tion camps, and have been condemned to penal
servitude on the ground of the military regula
tions established by the German and Austrian
armies of occupation. Trade union newspapers
are persecuted and suppressed. $
"On the other hand, the government allows
the social-patriotic Polish Socialist party an un
controlled freedom of agitation. This party de
ceives the workers by its 'Socialist' phrases and
pretends to act as their "leaders," with the
assistance of the government, to bring the
working class to ruin and paralyze the work
of the revolutionary Communists.
Workers Socially Weakened.
. . "The Polish workers are not only political
ly suppressed; they are economically weakened.
(Continued on ppge 6.)