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Communist groups involved in CUNY Petraeus protest

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In a report that received wide coverage, former director of the CIA and retired Army general David Petraeus was chased down a New York City street last week by left wing students at the City University of New York.

As for just how “left-wing” the students are, National Review Online reported Friday that this action against Petraeus was organized by an ad hoc committee that includes several Communist groups.

A leaflet advertising the protest says the event was organized by the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY and was endorsed by the Internationalist Group, Workers Power-US, and IGNITE.

The flier refers to Petraeus as a “war criminal” and “mass murderer,” names which were among the despicable insults being hurled at Petraeus as he was on the way to teaching his first class at CUNY’s honors college, as seen in the video below.

A class he is teaching for just $1, according to the New York Times.

These groups are explicitly Communist in nature, National Review Online noted:

“Workers Power states that it is a ‘revolutionary, communist organization… in the tradition of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky.’ The Internationalist Group uses the hammer and sickle alongside its articles. IGNITE is a self-described ‘communist youth league.’”

Attempts by National Review Online to reach these groups were unsuccessful save for a phone call to the Internationalist Group, which said they had helped organize the protests through the ad hoc committee but that they were mostly student driven.

Tom Tillison

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