We oppose sending Annamse soldiers to Syria. We must make the highest authorities understand that many of our ill-fated oriental brothers were killed in battles between 1914 and 1918 during a war ‘for culture and justice.’ “Why, then, do we not have culture and justice?”
We in Indochina live under a French “protectorate” “To protect” means “To shield” Yet the French allowed several million of our brothers and sisters to die of starvation while they took several thousand others to Asia Minor and propped them up as targets for bullets.
Chairman Basile Jules Guesde: Comrade Indochinese Delegate, you have the floor. (Applause).
Indochinese Delegate: Dear Comrades, I would like to contribute to world revolution, but with deep sadness
I come here as a member of the Socialist Party to speak against the abhorrent crimes perpetrated in my native land (Audience:Very good!) You comrades know that French capitalism entered Indochina half of a century ago; in the interest of profit, it used bayonets to conquer our country. Since then, we have not only been oppressed and exploited shame lessly but also tortured and poisoned pitilessly.
Plainly speaking, we have been “poisoned” with opium and alcohol.
I cannot, in a few minutes, reveal all the atrocities that the predatory capitalists have inflicted on Indochina.
Prisons outnumber schools; at any moment, they are crowded with detainees. Indigenous people with socialist ideas are arrested and sometimes killed without detainees. This is called justice in Indochina!...
In Indochina, the colonizers look for every way to poison us with opium, to make us dullards with alcohol. They have killed thousands of Annamese and have massacred thousands to protect others’ interest.
Dear comrades, over twenty million Annamese, more than half the French population, suffer in this way. How can we say that France provides them security? (Applause). The Socialist Party must take action with a strategy supporting oppressed indigenous peoples, (Cheers).
Jean Longuet(a leader of the faction that opposed joining the Third Communist International): I have already put forth the idea that we should protect the indigenous peoples.
Indochinese Delegate: When I began to speak, I asked everyone to be quiet. (Laughter).
The party must propagandize about socialism in all colonized countries. We see that the Socialist Party’s entry into the Third International means the Party is promising to place importance on the issue of colonialism from this point on. We are pleased to hear about the establishment of a standing representative delegation to research North Africa and, tomorrow, we’ll be delighted if the Party chooses a comrade from the Party to research the problems in Indochina in order to organize needed actions for progress.
A Delegate: With Comrade Ange Pasa?
Indochinese Delegate: Silence! Appointed delegates. (Applause).
Chairman: Now, all delegates must be silent!. That includes all representatives who are not appointed delegates!
Indochinese Delegate: In the name of all people, in the name of all members of the Socialist Party, all those on the left and all those on the right, we call out; Comrades, help us! (Applause).
Chairman: From the applause, the representative from Indochina can now see that the entire Socialist Party stands with you to oppose the cruelty of capitalism. ＜グーグル翻訳ソフトで翻訳してください。8割方理解でき ます。Indochinese Delegateとはホーチミンのことです＞
Housu No.120, La Fayetto通りにあるフランス共産党中 央委員会の植民地調査部会の本部が置かれた部屋