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I just saw this picture making the latest rounds today on Reddit's /r/socialism. The picture has the quote attributed to Malala Yousafzai,

Malala on socialism

Caption reads,

I am convinced socialism is the only answer and I urge all comrades to take this struggle to a victorious conclusion. Only this will free us from the chains of bigotry and exploitation

The bottom banner reads,

Malala Yousafzai

I've seen other claims of the same sort,

Malala socialist claim repeated

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Malala as the author of a letter received at a conference.

Quote claimed by Amy Goodman of DemocracyNow.org

I am convinced Socialism is the only answer and I urge all comrades to take this struggle to a victorious conclusion. Only this will free us from the chains of bigotry and exploitation. - Malala Yousafzai

Marxist.com states that Malala said these things in a letter:

Comrade Javed Iqbal, a Pakistani comrade from Birmingham in the UK, intervened to read out a message that had been sent from Malala Yousafzai, the young sympathiser of the Marxist Tendency famous for her part in the struggle for the right to education for girls in Pakistan.

The leader reads,

“First of all I’d like to thank The Struggle and the IMT for giving me a chance to speak last year at their Summer Marxist School in Swat and also for introducing me to Marxism and Socialism. I just want to say that in terms of education, as well as other problems in Pakistan, it is high time that we did something to tackle them ourselves. It’s important to take the initiative. We cannot wait around for any one else to come and do it. Why are we waiting for someone else to come and fix things? Why aren’t we doing it ourselves?

“I would like to send my heartfelt greetings to the congress. I am convinced Socialism is the only answer and I urge all comrades to take this struggle to a victorious conclusion. Only this will free us from the chains of bigotry and exploitation.

I believe this is a video of this speech where her letter is read. If you look at the IMT page for the event, you’ll notice that the picture gallery at the bottom of the page shows the same woman (she enters at 1m0s) in the move. Unfortunately, we don’t have a translation, nor do we have acknowledgement that the letter is official, but the speaker does seem to say “Malala” quite a bit, and the video is tagged “Pakistan”, “Malala Yousafzai”, “Swat District”, “International Marxist Tendency”.

It goes on to say, “A close friend of Malala was also present at the congress, who was on the bus when the girls were attacked. She spoke, making some comments and reading out a poem.”


Malala as a socialist.

While the words of the letter are harder to tie to Malala, her connection with Socialism is not. If you wanted to make that connection then outside of the claims in this letter, we have photographic evidence of her at an IMT conference in Swat, and mentions in two Indian newspapers.

Here she is speaking at the International Marxist Tendency (IMT) (a Trotskyist group) in the Swat valley which was covered not just by Marxist.com but by Dailytimes.com.pk.

Malala Yousufzai speaking at the Marxist school in SWAT

The Hindu, a Chennai-based English-Indian daily newspaper, acknowledged this claim by IMT of Malala's participation as early as October 12, 2012:

Now that the International Marxist Tendency has posted a report following the attack that Malala had attended a National Marxist Youth School in Swat in July, another line of conspiracy theories is sure to emerge regarding how she was a communist and la-deen (irreligious).

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    I am nuking all the comments and protecting the answer. Take it to meta or chat please. – Larian LeQuella Oct 18 '13 at 1:46

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