Week in Struggle: April 17-23

India

Four heavy construction vehicles were torched by what is believed to be the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army under the command of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Chhattisgarh, an area where the People’s War and the Communists are strong.

The construction vehicles were used to build a culvert as part of the low intensity warfare waged against the Maoists, which includes road construction through dense forest areas as a counter-insurgency measure to facilitate troop movements for the old state. The revolutionaries left leaflets explaining that the construction project was not in the interests of the people. The indigenous people rely on the forests for their sustenance and are the most oppressed people in India, forming the social base for the banned CPI (Maoist).

Torched construction vehicle in Chhattisgarh

Mexico

The Health and Hygiene Committees in Defense of the People continue to carry out information brigades, tequios (collective work), and risk identification actions in various communities of Oaxaca.

While the committees have been promoted by Mexican revolutionaries Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo, the work is also being taken on by the general population, both in the communities where the organization has a presence, and in nearby ones where it does not. The work has been accompanied by the demand for respect and compliance with Sol Rojo’s Five Central Points.

“The pandemic does not cancel our fight. Respect and compliance with our 5 central points! With the Red Sun the people will win!”

Germany

Bremen. A large poster was erected reading, “Second job due to short-time work? May 1st on the street!” The poster is a call for “short-time” workers, who have been forced to accept reduced hours in order to save money for their employers during the deepening economic crisis, to join in the International Workers’ Day demonstration and take to the streets.

“Second job due to short-time work? May 1st on the street!”

Essen. A mural was painted depicting a group of protesters with hammer and sickle flags confronting a policeman and a politician, along with the slogans “Against Exploitation and Oppression,” and “Despite Pandemic: May 1st on the Street!”

“Despite Pandemic: May 1st on the Street! Against Exploitation and Oppression”

Freiburg. Graffiti reading, “Against Their State of Emergency!” appeared in the working-class neighborhood of Weingarten to denounce the massive restrictions on democratic rights, including a ban on demonstrations and increased surveillance of the people.

“Against Their State of Emergency!”

Austria

The Red Women’s Committee organized an aid and solidarity campaign for women in which they distributed leaflets as well as masks and disinfectant. The campaign is being carried out in an effort to unite women to fight for their interests, especially with the additional hardships of the current economic crisis.

United States

Pittsburgh. Graffiti promoting the election boycott and rent strike appeared around the city with hammer and sickle’s as well as slogans like, “Elections No! Revolution Yes!” and “No Rent Without Work or Wages!” Additionally, graffiti reading, “Imperialism is the Disease, Socialist Revolution is the Cure!” emphasized the role of imperialism as the true cause of the current economic crisis.

“Imperialism is the Disease, Socialist Revolution is the Cure!”

Los Angeles. Graffiti reading, “COVID-19 is the Scapegoat for the New Depression!” appeared along with flyers demanding the city guarantee work or wages regardless of immigration status, an immediate stoppage on rent and utility bills, and an end to the ban on protests and resistance.

“COVID-19 is the Scapegoat for the New Depression!”

Austin. A large poster was put up at the Spanish Trails apartment complex demanding that management meet tenants’ demands and end their harassment of those on rent strike. As the weeks pass more complexes join the citywide rent strike demanding a stoppage on rent while tens of millions are unemployed around the country.

“Management: Meet Tenant Demands and Stop Harassment!”

Elsewhere in the city a large banner attached to a floatation device was seen on Town Lake promoting International Workers’ Day. The banner also echoed the demand for work or wages and remained in place for several days.

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