Week in Struggle: August 21-27

Brazil

Student activists at the Federal University of Rondônia (Unir) and other class-conscious organizations in Porto Velho held a celebration commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Corumbiara Peasant Resistance. Attendees studied material from the League of Poor Peasants (LCP) and by the Santa Elina Victims Committee (Codevise), and honored the peasants who fell in the struggle for land in Rondônia, chanting slogans defending peasant resistance and carrying a banner reading “Long Live the 25 Years of Heroic Resistance of the Corumbiara Peasants!” 

Mexico

Workers dismissed from the fuel transport company Operadora de Lineas de Transporte SA de CV, in the Port of Salina Cruz in Oaxaca, have been holding a sit-in for over 80 days with their families demanding compensation from the company. They were laid-off after the company claimed bankruptcy during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, something that the Andrés Manuel López Obrador administration claimed would not happen anywhere in the country.

Germany

A demonstration was held in Cologne in solidarity with four Turkish political prisoners currently on hunger strike. They include popular lawyers Aytaç Ünsal and Ebru Timik, who are accused of being important pillars of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) as well as the political activists Didem Akman and Özgür Karakaya.

In Hamburg, police attempted to stop a demonstration marking the six month anniversary of the fascist murders in Hanau under the guise of enforcing ‘social distancing.’ After liberal protest organizers attempted to stop the more combative antifascist segments of the march from breaking through the police line, many got behind the police and spontaneous marches took the streets.

Denmark

Graffiti in solidarity with Garrett Foster and Austin’s Targeted Three was seen in Denmark, along with a hammer and sickle it read, “It’s Right to Rebel! Honor and Glory to Garrett Foster, Defend Austin’s Targeted Three.”

France

In Lyon, the Young Revolutionaries held a demonstration in front of the Irish consulate and distributed leaflets to against the extradition of the Irish revolutionary Liam Campbell. They carried a banner reading, “Keep Liam Home!”

Norway

The Struggle Committee participated in a counterdemonstration in Ålesund against the fascist SIAN party. At first liberal groups in participation encouraged a non-combative protest antifascists eventually won the crowd to chant against the fascists and drown out all their speeches. SIAN demonstrations have been met with resistance throughout the country, including cities like Oslo, Trondheim, Arendal and Kristiansand over the past several weeks.

Finland

In Tampere, as the Social Democratic Party held its party meeting, revolutionary activists agitated against the class collaboration of the SDP, carrying a banner reading “The people will pay for the crisis. Workers, reject SDP! Socialist Revolution!”

In Turku, antifascists held a demonstration against a fascist march, in which they caught the police off guard and rushed to confront the fascists. Demonstrators held strong against police repression and blocked traffic for over an hour before police used rubber bullets and dogs to disperse the crowd.

United States

Austin

In Austin, several displays of graffiti were seen around the city, some with slogans in solidarity with the struggle in India including, “Long Live the People’s War in India!” and “Free Saibaba!” There were also slogans promoting the election boycott as well as commemorating the death of Garrett Foster, reading, “Honor and Glory to Garrett Foster! Servant of the People and Defender of Black Lives!”

St. Louis

In St. Louis, graffiti in solidarity with India was also seen, reading, “Long Live the People’s War in India, Free Saibaba, Free Varavara Rao.”

Pittsbugh

Graffiti in solidarity with the People’s War in India was also seen in Pittsburgh, along with a hammer and sickle it read, “Long Live the People’s War in India!”

Philadelphia

The Tribune Support Committee in Philadelphia held a public meeting on the West side of the city, focused on the current housing and eviction crisis as well as the growing tenant struggle led by the United Neighborhood Defense Movement. Community members also shared their own stories of struggle against landlords and police, and expressed their desire to get organized and fight back.

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