Attendance at the International Workers' Congress of 1889 (Marxist)

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14th to 21st July, 1889.[edit source]

Workers and Socialists of Europe and America, —

The Bordeaux Working Men's Congress, held by the delegates of upwards of 200 trades unions from all the industrial centres of France, and the Troyes Congress, constituted by the delegates of 300 workmen's and Socialist groups- representing the French working class and revolutionary Socialism at large, have resolved to convene an International Congress in Paris, during the Exhibition, that shall be open to the workers of the whole world.

This resolution has been joyfully welcomed by the Socialists of Europe and America, happy to be able to meet and to clearly formulate the demands of the working-class on the subject of international labour legislation, which question will be treated at the Berne Conference, to be held by the representatives of the Governments of Europe in September.

The capitalists invite the rich and mighty to the Universal Exhibition, to contemplate and admire the achievements of the workers, doomed to misery m the midst of the most colossal wealth ever possessed by any human society. We, Socialists, whose aim is the emancipation of labour, the abolition of wage-slavery, and the creation of an order of things in which all workers — without distinction of sex or nationality — shall have a right to the riches produced by their common toil; it is the producers whom we invite to meet us on the 14th July in Paris.

We call on them to seal the bond of fellowship that, by consolidating the efforts of the proletariat of all countries, will hasten the advent of the new world.

Working-men of all countries, unite![edit source]

The adhesions from America and elsewhere that have been announced, but are not yet to hand, will be published in a future circular.

Delegates are requested to announce their time of arrival at least one week before the opening of the Congress, to enable the Organising Commission to make the final arrangements for their board and lodging and reception at the station.

AUSTRIA — For the Socialist Working-men's Party : J. Popp, V. Adler, E. Kralik, A. Zinnram, N. Hoffmann, J. Kreutzer, J. Winnig, G. Popper (Vienna), J. Mackart, H. Flockinger, K. Sams, (Inspruck), A. Weiguny, J. Siegl (Linz), A. Friemel, V. Wiener, T. Heinz, A. Bocek (Steyr), K. Schneeweiss, A. Sobotka, A. Klofac, J. Hybes (Brünn), V. Sturz, F. Dosek, T. Nemecek (Prague), T. Zednicek, R. Zaholtko (Prossnitz), A. Gerin, C. Giekar, J. Lax (Trieste), J. Doniluk (Lemberg), T. Adenan (Klagenfurt), E. Rieger (Bratzan), J. Zimmer- raami (Jagerndorf ).

BELGIUM — For the Socialist Working-men's Party of Ghent: E. Anseele, E. van Beveren.

FRANCE — For the Federation of Trades' Unions and Working-men's Associations of France : R. Lavigne. For the Socialist Federation of France : J. Batisse.

GREAT BRITAIN — R. B. Cunninghame Graham, M.P. For the Socialist League : William Morris, F. Kitz. For the Labour Electoral Association : W. Parnell (Hon. Sec), G. Bateman, H. Champion, Tom Mann. For the Ayrshire Miners' Union : J. Keir Hardie.

GERMANY — For the Social-Democratic Working-men's Party of Germany : Bebel, Frohme, Grillenberger, Harm, Huhn, Liebknecht, Meister, Sabor, Singer, Schumacher (members of the Reichstag).

HOLLAND — For the Dutch Social-Democratic Working-men's Party: Domela Nieuwenhuis, Croll.

HUNGARY — For the Socialist Working-men's Party: Leo Frankel (of the Paris Commune, 1871).

ITALY — For the Revolutionary Socialist Organisations: Amilcare Cipriani.

POLAND — For the Polish Socialists: S. Mendelson (of the periodical Walha Klas, "The Class Struggle"), L. Anielewski (of the Warsaw Working-men's Committee).

PORTUGAL — For the Socialist Working-men's Societies : Carvalho.

RUSSIA — Stepniak.

SPAIN — For the Spanish Socialist Working-men's Party: Pablo Iglesias, F. Diego.

SWITZERLAND — Brandt (Vice-President of the Grütli Association). For the Swiss Socialist Working-men's Party: A. Reichel, A. Steck.

(Issued by the Organising Commission of the Congress.)[edit source]

Paul Lafargue, 60, Avenue de Champs Elysees, Le Perreux, Paris-Banlieue, France, Secretary for foreign countries.