Week in Struggle: September 18-24

Colombia

Youth have continued to play an important role in the rebellions that have swept Colombia. Revolutionary student organizations, Movement of Students at the Service of the People (MESP), the Popular and Rebel Student Movement (MERyP), and the Revolutionary Youth League (LJR) led protests across the country on September 21, marking six months of worsening economic conditions for the working people of Colombia. In Bogota, more than 1,000 youth marched under the slogan, “Against police repression defend the of people’s rights!” In Medellin, more than 4,000 students and youth took the streets and targeted police headquarters and banks during the protest. Earlier this month, former mayor of Medellin accused MESP of being infiltrated by FARC and the national liberation army, which has not stopped student organizing and combative protests.

Brazil

The Rio de Janeiro and Niterói A Nova Democracia Support Committee distributed more than 600 copies of their newspaper in the city center of Niterói. The distribution brigade spoke and showed solidarity with the working people and street vendors of the city who are brutalized, humiliated and intimidated by municipal guards, and suffer from state terrorism and the lack of labor rights. 

Sanitary Committee in the Federal District conducts new activity in rural areas.

The Popular Defense Sanitary Committees (CSDP) have been organizing and hosting various solidarity actions across the country, particularly in Campina Grande, Brasília, Araranguá, where people are neglected by the state, and face high rates of eviction. CSDP distributed masks, hygiene kits, food baskets, and flyers detailing the neglect of the old state towards the Brazilian people, pointing the way for popular, class and combative organization as the only way to overcome the economic, political and health crisis. A presentation on boycotting the elections was given to a neighborhood, and AND articles have also been distributed during these actions.

With banners against precarious teaching, Unesp students carry out mobilizations.

Students, teachers, and professors across Brazil have been fighting against distance learning, as the state uses this as an opportunity to privatize all levels of schools. The fight against distance learning has taken the form of protests, flyers, manifestos, debates, and boycotts and has been reported by the National Executive of Pedagogy Students, who have played a key role in this struggle. The Class Conscious Movement of Workers in Education (Moclate) released a statement denouncing distance learning, placing emphasis on the reality of poor and working class children who do not have access to the necessary material to attend online classes. University students have hosted demonstrations across the country demanding an end to distance learning, calling for students to take up the fight against privatization of universities.

Ecuador

FDLC-EC released a statement and carried out an action marking the 28th anniversary of Chairman Gonzalo’s speech. The statement reads, “We must continue the tasks established by the III Plenary of the Central Committee. A glorious plenary session! Let it be known that these agreements are already underway and that will continue; we will continue to apply the IV Strategic Development Plan of the People’s War to Conquer Power, we will continue to develop the VI Military Plan to Build the Conquest of Power. That is a task! That we will do, because of who we are, and because of the obligation we have with the proletariat and the people! […] Enough of the nonsense, enough of the darkness! Let’s understand that! What is unfolding in the world? What do we need? We need Maoism to be incarnated and it is doing so, generating Communist Parties, to direct, to lead, that new great wave of the world proletarian revolution that is coming to us.”

Mexico

September 23 marked the 55th anniversary of the heroic assault on the Madera Barracks by the Popular Guerrilla Group, headed by Professor Arturo Gámiz and Doctor Pablo Gómez, thus marking the beginning of the contemporary guerrilla war in Mexico. This is a combative date for the proletariat, the poor peasantry and the popular masses that still live exploited and oppressed by the old landlord-bureaucratic state. Five demands were also made by Sol Rojo, as well as a call to action on September 26, anniversary of the forced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students.

Germany

In Freibur, the 28th anniversary of Chairman Gonzalo’s speech was commemorated at Café Popular. A presentation was given on the revolutionary movement in Peru, over a dozen people were in the audience with people traveling from Luxembourg to attend. An action was carried out on September 12, where a banner with the slogan “Defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo” was dropped.

In Bochum and Essen, activists pasted several posters with quotes from Chairman Gonzalo’s speech and a short video of the action was made.

Graffiti in Gröpelingen read “Defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo,” on September 24, the anniversary of Chairman Gonzalo’s speech.

France

Jeunes Révolutionnaires fliered at the ferry and the Irish consulate in Cherbourg protesting the extradition of Liam Campbell.

United States

Austin

Graffiti was also spotted in support of the People’s War in India. Graffiti demanding the release and defense of Varavara Rao, Saibaba, and all Indian political prisoners was also seen.

Graffiti reading Elections- No! Revolution- Yes! were seen throughout Austin as well as a hammer and sickle, and targeted politician signs.

Kansas City

Graffiti reading, “Don’t Vote! Fight for Revolution” alongside a hammer and sickle was seen in Kansas City.

Graffiti supporting Austin’s Targeted Three was spotted as well.

Graffiti, calling for people to fight back after only one of the three police officers guilty of murdering Breonna Taylor was charged for wanton endangerment, reads “Fist Up! Fight Back! RIP Breonna.”

Charlotte

Graffiti reading, “Don’t vote! Fight got Revolution” alongside hammer and sickles was spotted in Charlotte.

Graffiti supporting the People’s War in India with a hammer and sickle was spotted on the side of a building.

Pittsburgh

Multiple banners, graffiti, and the defacing of a voting billboard were all seen in Pittsburgh. Banners and graffiti both read, “Don’t Vote Fight for Revolution,” “Elections No! Revolution Yes!” Hammer and sickles accompanied the slogans.

Slogans demanding “Justice for Romir” were seen written across the city, and a banner calling for “People’s Justice for Romir Talley” was hung at a basketball court.

Los Angeles

“Fight for Revolution” was seen written on the side of a building in Echo Park, in support of the current rebellions.

Graffiti reading, “Long Live the People’s War in India” accompanied by a hammer and sickle were seen in Los Angeles.

Houston

Graffiti reading “Long live the People’s War in India” and “Free Saibaba, Free Varavara Rao” was seen in the Mahatma Gandhi district of Houston, also known as Little India.

St. Louis

Graffiti in support of the election boycott reading “Elections, No! Revolution, Yes!” was seen.