The Youth Festival under the theme ‘For a world of Peace’ and the seminar held on the topic ‘The task of the youth in the struggle against imperialism’ organized by Portuguese Communist Youth, the youth organization of the Portuguese Communist Party and held between 1st and 5th of this month was attended by Messrs. Pubudu Nuwan Samaraweera and Nimal Jayakody representing Socialist Youth Union of the JVP.
Representatives of Communist youth organizations in Cuba, Brazil, Colombia, Greece, Palestine, Syria, Russia, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Cyprus, Turkey, South Africa, Morocco, Sub Sahara and Mozambique participated in the festival.
During the festival a march to protest against the imperialist agendas aimed at violating world peace was organized and representatives of the SYU and World Communist Youth organizations participated. During the festival representatives of SYU and that of Portuguese Communist Youth held several bilateral discussions. They discussed issues confronted by the youths in their countries, how to identify the causes of such issues and solutions for them. They also exchanged experiences they had gained in their countries.
Specially, how youths could get a correct knowledge about the capitalist rulers who make various false promises and how youths could be organized to fight for their rights were discussed. Representatives of SYU also apprised the representatives of world youth organization regarding the struggle being carried out by the students’ movement in Sri Lanka against SAITM, the illegal degree shop and the brutal police attack on the peaceful students’ march held on 31st August demanding the government to close down the illegal degree shop. The ‘history of SAITM struggle’ compiled by the SYU was presented and signatures were collected for the petition to add international solidarity for the struggle SYU carries out to protect free education in Sri Lanka.