Week in Struggle: June 26-July 2

Colombia

Revolutionary youth in Colombia joined the international call to Defend Austin’s Targeted Three, holding a solidarity action on June 30 in a public park in Medellín. After their agitation, they took the banners they had made and pasted them to a nearby wall.

A speaker on a megaphone said, “We know that the fight is not only here in Colombia, that the fight belongs to people of the entire world. That is why we want to assert that this uprising of the American people, an uprising that has shown us, the people of the world the path we must follow. But just as here, there has been persecution, there has also been repression, of Black people, of Latino people, to immigrant people, all the peoples that are rising up against their oppressors.”

India

Over the past two weeks combatants of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), led by the Communist Party of India (Maoist), have carried out several actions against construction sites, including one in the village of Dhanikorta in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh where six vehicles, including three trucks, two wheel loaders and an excavator, were set on fire. Another construction site in Bihar’s Gaya district was attacked and an excavator was set on fire. 

A member of the Chhattisgarh Armed Forces was also wounded by an improvised explosive device while the old state’s armed forces were involved in an area control operation in the Orchha area.

Unverified police reports also claim that the top leaders of CPI (Maoist) held a three-day event in which they led a mass meeting of over 10,000 people in the central area of ​​the Bastar region, in Chhattisgarh. According to the reports, the event had three main objectives: “First, to emphasize that the Maoists would still rule the jungles of Bastar despite Ramanna’s [leader of the Dandakaranya Special Zone Committee] death and carry on his legacy. Second, to show the strength that the villagers are with them and, thirdly, to discuss Ramanna’s successor. The Maoists also displayed the weapons they looted in the attack on Minpa (Sukma district), in which 17 soldiers [of the old state] were killed in March this year.

Brazil

On July 1 delivery app workers around the country held a strike demanding better pay and working conditions. According to A Nova Democracia, their demands included an “increase in the amount received per kilometer traveled, an increase in the minimum value for each delivery (minimum value regardless of the distance traveled and the time spent by the delivery person), theft, accident and life insurance; pandemic aid (personal protective equipment and license) etc.” The strike was able to mobilize thousands of delivery workers and paralyzed the streets in various state capitals and major cities, demonstrating the strength of this sector when organized and united.

Turkey

The Communist Part of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML) and the Dersim Regional Command of the Liberation Army of the Workers and Peasants of Turkey (TİKKO) released a statement titled “Hasan Ataş is Our Commitment to Carry the Revolutionary Flag!

The statement is dedicated to the recently martyred Hasan Ataş (Şerzan), in the statement they proclaim, “The immortalization of the comrade Şerzan increases our determination to fight and increases our determination to carry our revolutionary flag against the blown-up reformist wind. Our immortals are the expression of what stance should be taken against the attacks of fascism.”

Galicia (Spanish State)

On July 1, the Construction Committee of the Maoist Communist Party of Galiza welcomed the new revolutionary organization Galiza Vermelha (Red Galicia). Galiza Vermelha also released a statement titled, “Boycott the Electoral Farce!” in which they raise the call for an active election boycott, a campaign taken up by revolutionaries around the world.

In the statement, the organization writes: “Parliamentarism is a fundamental fetish so that the Spanish oligarchy and the Galician bourgeoisie can maintain the oppression and exploitation that the Galician people suffer. At the same time, it is essential for the Galician workers’ aristocracy to be able to fight for the crumbs they receive for the co-management of state institutions. That is why we call on the conscious proletariat to join the boycott campaign in the elections of this April 5th.”

Germany

On June 29, a rally was held in solidarity with the TKP/ML prisoners in Munich, which was attended by various Turkish and other international organizations to denounce the largest anti-communist process in Germany in decades.

Norway

As part of an ongoing campaign against the fascist Stop Islamisation of Norway (SIAN) party, antifascists confronted and disrupted a SIAN event in the city of Trondheim. According to a report from Tjen Folket Media, “just before the protesters climbed over the barricades, SIAN was evacuated by shield-carrying riot police. The protesters stormed the square, sabotaging SIAN’s equipment and burning their propaganda. And the police retreated to a narrow side street where their little shield wall was bombarded with eggs, bottles and chairs, and the police car window and windows were smashed.”

France

The Young Revolutionaries in Caen and Saint-Etienne participated in demonstrations against Israeli attempts to annex Palestinian territory in the West Bank. They carried banners supporting the Palestinian struggle for national liberation and calling for the release of Georges Abdallah, a political prisoner of the Palestinian struggle, who has imprisoned by the French state for over 30 years.

The Young Revolutionaries also protested against police violence in Cherbourg, carrying a banner reading, “Against Police Violence! Popular Self-Defense.”

The Young Revolutionaries also rallied against the closure of the Luxfer oxygen cylinder plant in Clermont-Ferrand, the only oxygen cylinder plant in Europe that is especially important in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The activists raised flags with the hammer and sickle and distributed issues of the revolutionary French newspaper La Cause du Peuple.

United States

Pittsburgh. A banner was hung on the Northside Thursday in an act of solidarity with Austin’s Targeted Three. The banner reads, “Defend Austin’s Targeted Three! Making Revolution is No Crime!”

Several displays of rgaffiti reading, “Justice 4 Romir!” were seen in Wilkinsburg this week in response to the community’s call for Mayor Marita Garrett to release the name of the officer who murdered Romir Talley last December.

San Diego. The local Tribune Support Committee hosted an event at Teralta park in solidarity with Austin’s Targeted Three. Attendees studied the editorial on the Targeted Three and painted a banner reading, “Making revolution is no crime! From SD to ATX drop all the charges against Activists and protesters.” The banner was later hung over Interstate Highway 805.