Week in Struggle: July 24-30

Germany

Numerous demonstrations were held this week across the country to condemn the results of the Munich TKP/ML trial. Ten people were arrested around Europe in 2015 and extradited to Germany, detained for over four years during legal proceedings for alleged membership in the Communist Party of Turkey/ Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML).

On July 28 they were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 2.75 years to 6.5 years for no specific crime other than being members of a “foreign terrorist organization” (referencing TKP/ML), a Party that is not even classified as a ‘terrorist organization’ in Germany. The arrests, convictions, and sentences are clearly politically motivated and were done in service of the fascist Turkish state. Below are pictures from protests in Munich, Bremen, Hamburg, and Berlin.

Demonstration in Bremen, middle banner reads “Freedom for All Political Prisoners”
Demonstration in Hamburg, banner reads, “Down with the anti-terror laws!”
Action in Berlin, signs read “Freedom for all political prisoners!” and
“Freedom for the Accused in the TKP/ML trial and Varavara Rao!”

India

Suspected members of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), led by the CPI (Maoist), attacked a police camp in the Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh and killed an officer on July 27. After the attack, the combatants withdrew into the forest and eluded capture.

On July 29, a district reserve guard patrol unit in Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh was attacked; one officer was wounded in the incident.

Brazil

Graffiti signed by the Revolutionary Front in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul was seen, reading, “Freedom for Saibaba, Varavara Rao, and all political prisoners in India! Down with Operation Green Hunt!”

Also in Campo Grande, activists carried out a distribution of leaflets in a popular neighborhood promoting solidarity with Austin’s Targeted Three. Many residents expressed indignation at the persecution and connected the racial discrimination to that in Brazil.

During a Coordination Meeting of the League of Poor Peasants (LCP) of Rondônia and Western Amazon, peasants and militants raised a banner reading, “Defend Austin’s Targeted 3!” They also took part in the campaign demanding freedom for the Indian revolutionary poet, Varavara Rao, and the Democratic professor GN Saibaba, both political prisoners who have suffered medical neglect at the hands of the Old Indian State.

On the wall of Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, graffiti signed by the Popular Revolutionary Student Movement read, “USA: Defend Austin’s Targeted Three!”

Finland

Several displays of solidarity graffiti were published from Tampere and Turku, all reading, “Defend Austin’s Targeted Three” along with hammers and sickles.

Chile

The Temuco Political Action Committee recently commemorated the 144th birthday of Chilean Communist Luis Emilio Recabarren. Around Temuco, three large posters with his image reading, “Retake and develop Recabarren and reconstitute his party,” were erected. Additionally, there were wall paintings reading, “Constituent Assembly, No! People’s War, Yes!” and calendars with Recabarren’s image and revolutionary dates were also distributed.

Revolutionary Chilean newspaper El Pueblo wrote: “This new commemoration of the birth of the head of the revolution in Chile is more heartfelt and his thinking is more current than ever. Retaking and developing Recabarren and Reconstituting his Party is an immediate necessity that as revolutionaries we assume and bring to our people their ideas and thoughts.”

United States

Pittsburgh.  Two banners with the slogans “Defend Austin’s Targeted Three” and “Making Revolution is no Crime!” were seen around the city.

California. Graffiti reading, “Defend ATX’s Targeted 3” was seen in Simi Valley, California.

Austin. Multiple displays of graffiti were seen around the city in honor of Garrett Foster, they included the slogans, “Honor and Glory to Garrett Foster,” “Servant of the People,” and “Defender of Black Lives.”