Week in Struggle: July 17-23

Ecuador

The Front for the Defense of the People’s Struggle (FDLP) published photos of the closing ceremony of a Cadre School, in which the revolutionaries showed international solidarity for political prisoners, in defense of life and freedom of Chairman Gonzalo, head of the Communist Party of Peru, as well as demanding immediate freedom for Austin’s Targeted Three. The banners read, “USA: Defend Austin’s Targeted Three,” and “Freedom for Chairman Gonzalo.”

India

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) is calling for a bandh (armed strike) for July 25 as a part of the ongoing People’s War in the state of Telangana and to request the release of Varavara Rao from prison.

On July 15, a police spy was killed in the village of Mutheli in the Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh. The same day, an firefight took place between the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army, led by the CPI (Maoist), and a special forces unit of the old Indian state in the Bhadradri-Kothagudem district of Telangana. At least one reactionary officer was injured while the Maoists suffered no losses.

On July 12, the PLGA blew up 12 Forest Department buildings in the West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. The combatants asked the employees to leave the buildings before they were destroyed with improvised explosive devices. The Forest Department is responsible, among other things, for the economic use of forests by bureaucratic capitalists. Posters were also left, denouncing the old Indian state’s failure to comply with the Forest Rights Act.

Additionally, the PLGA attacked a construction site in the Chela district of Telenaga on July 22. According to media reports, a group of ten fighters stormed the construction site and set fire to a bulldozer and a road roller, withdrawing without loss after the attack.

Brazil

Revolutionary newspaper A Nova Democracia published numerous reports and photographs of solidarity actions across the country in defense of Austin’s Targeted Three. Read our full coverage here.

Germany

A memorial rally for the fallen hunger strikers from Group Yorum, as well as the Turkish revolutionaries currently on hunger strike, took place in Mannheim in front of the main metro station. Demonstrators played revolutionary songs, distributed flyers, and shouted slogans such as, “freedom for all political prisoners,” “up with international solidarity,” “death to fascism everywhere,” among others.

In Freiburg, posters and graffiti supporting the campaign against the extradition of Comrade Liam Campbell appeared in various working class districts. The graffiti reads, “The Blood of the Fallen Heroes Demands Forward on the Path of People’s War.”

Ireland

Banners reading, “No Extradition of Liam Campbell” were hung at both ends of Sally Noggin, a working class community in Dún Laoghaire that has been a bedrock of Republican activism throughout the years. Graffiti reading, “#KeepLiamHome” was also seen in County Meath. Irish Socialist Republicans released a video on the campaign to prevent Campbell’s extradition, which is also included below.

Denmark

On July 22, anti-imperialists and revolutionaries participated in a demonstration against US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Copenhagen. Despite opposition from opportunists, they carried a red banner with a hammer and sickle reading, “Yankee Go Home!” and burned the flag of US imperialism.

According to a report from Socialistisk Revolution: “The revolutionaries showed by their presence that there are people in Denmark who clearly fight against imperialism – both the Danish imperialism, the Yankee-imperialist superpower and all other imperialist powers. And that they refuse to be stopped by either the reaction or the opportunism that works in cahoots to prevent any kind of combative resistance. The cries of the revolutionaries became a clear signal of the life energy of Maoism.”

United States

Los Angeles. Multiple instances of graffiti reading, “Defend Austin’s Targeted Three,” as well as one reading, “Drop All Charges” were seen around the city.

Pittsburgh. Graffiti defending Austin’s Targeted Three was also seen in Pittsburgh, as well as a banner drop supporting tenant struggles at Valmer Gardens apartments and promoting resistance to evictions in Penn Hills.

Charlotte. Graffiti denouncing the state repression of activists providing jail support and in defense of Austin’s Targeted Three were seen in Charlotte. Another instance of graffiti referenced the recent death of Danny Mangan at Mecklenburg County Jail, condemning the state’s role and reading, “Meck County Jail Killed Danny Mangan.”

Austin. Graffiti in solidarity with the revolutionary poet and Indian political prisoner Varavara Rao were seen around the city, reading, “Free Varavara Rao! Poet of the Indian People!”

Additionally, graffiti promoting the election boycott and another display reading, “US Imperialism is the Real Virus, Socialist Revolution is the Cure,” along with a hammer and sickle were also seen in Austin.

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