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FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 1920
The workers of Danzig are defying- the whole
capitalist world. They matched their power
against the League of Nations, and thus far havo
Danzig was a German city before the signing
of the treaty of Versailes. The four autocrats,
Lloyd George, Clemenceau, Wilson and Orlando,
decided that the Poles must have an outlet to .the
sea. In order to give them that a strip of Ger
many's territory was made into a Polish "corri
dor," running to Danzig. Danzig itself was created
a "free" city, which was to adopt its own consti
tution and establish a government of its own.
Poland was guaranteed certain rights to use the
docks and railroads.
Until the establishment of the government of
Danzig through a constitutional convention a
representative of the League of Nations was made
governor general of the city.
The munitions which the Poles received for
their attack on Soviet Russia were largely de
livered through Danzig. When the Polish of
fensive broke down before Soviet Russia's heroic
Red Army and the Poles were first swept out of
Russia ahd then back to the very gates of War
saw, all the capitalist nations, which had incited
the attack upon Soviet Russia, began to rush sup
plies of munitions to the Poles.
Danzig was the port of entry for Poland. Here
came French, English and American ships loaded
with rifles, cannons, machine guns, gassing ma
chines ahd all the modem machinery for conduct
ing the work of killing human beings efficiently.
Here also came ships loaded with Polish reservists
from other countries.
All the aid which could be given Poland with
out openly flouting in the face of the workers of
the capitalist nations the fact that such help
was being given was hurried forward. And the
Irt through which all this help was to reach the
Poles waz Danzig ! ,
Naloialiy the capitalist nations thought that
everything would go smoothly at Danzig. Had
they not made that place a "free" city? Was not
a representative of the League of Nations its
gtftferttor-fcetleral? Were not French, English,
Italian and possibly American troops its garrison?
How could there be any difficulty in assuring
the Poles the right to import munistions through
this "free" city under these conditions?
But we are living in the days when it is be
coming a ease of the capitalist governments pro
posing and the workers disposing.
And the workers of Danzig were not disposed
to allow that port to be used to give aid to the
enemies of Soviet Russia!
Fut how were the workers of Danzig to pre
vent the Allied capitalist nations from using their
city to aid the Poles? There was the ruler of the
city the representative of the League of Nations!
There were the soldiers of various capitalist na
tions! There were the English, French and Amer
ican warships in the harbor! How could the work
era cope with these?
They found a way. They took a lesson from
the experience of Russia. They organized a Soviet
a Workers Council.
This Soviet declared that no aid for the Poles
should go t'n rough Danzig. All workers employed
on the docks and railroads which had to be used
to move the munitions and men were ordered to
strike rather than in the slightest aid the enemies
of Soviet Russia.
No munitions or men went through Danzig!
England and France fumed. They and the
United States sent more warships.
But no aid has gone through Danzig.
The governor-general says that unless he has
twenty thousand soldiers to land munitions and
supplies it will only mean that these will fall in the
hands of the workers of Danzig.
Thus far the workers of Danzig have won.
Through the Workers Council, in which the power
of the workers was organized they have success
fully defied the League of Notions and the great
capitalist nations whose agent it is. They have
used the form of organization which mobilizes the
whole power of the working class and which all
workers will learn to use in the struggle against
the exploitation and oppression by the capitalists.
Hail to the workers of Danzig!