Week in Struggle: November 13-19

Turkey

Another comrade of the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML) was killed by the fascist Turkish government in Dersim, as part of the ongoing People’s War in Turkey. Comrade Cumhur Sinan Oktulmuş (Deniz) became a member of the TKP/ML in 2009 and has been an active participant in the People’s War for nearly 15 years.

His martyrdom comes as part of the reactionary campaign of the fascist government to break the morale of the people’s guerrillas through an intense aerial bombardment and attempted annihilation of combatants. Read the full statement from the Politburo of the Central Committee of the TKP/ML here.

Brazil

The Popular Women’s Movement (MFP) participated in a demonstration denouncing violence against women in Rio de Janeiro under the slogans, “Awakening the Revolutionary Fury of Women!” and “For women to be freed from all oppression, only with the proletarian struggle and the Revolution!”

The A Nova Democracia Support Committee in Curitiba (state of Paraná) held an agitation brigade at a popular metro station directed against the electoral farce and the politicians on both the ‘left’ and the right. The brigade echoed the call taken up internationally by revolutionaries to boycott the elections and, instead, opt for the organized struggle against the reactionary Old State.

Graffiti has been documented in the states of Rondônia, Paraná, and São Paulo, as part of the international election boycott campaign, with the slogans, “Don’t Vote, Fight!”, “Elections No, Revolution Yes!”, and “Neither Elections nor Military Intervention! Revolution Now!”

France

Several banners signed by Revolutionary Youth have been documented in Lyon and Saint-Étienne with slogans against the precariousness of employment and education precipitated by the deepening economic crisis, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Slogans included, “Precariousness Always Kills!” and “Revolt, We Block our High Schools! Their Profits, Our Deaths!”

Ireland

Activists with Revolutionary Housing Action agitated outside the office of Irish Residential Properties REIT, one of the largest private landlords in the country, with a banner reading, “Fund Public Housing, Not Private Landlords.”

Activists with Anti Imperialist Action (AIA) in Dublin also held a picket outside the office of KBC, a bank known for pushing evictions against working class tenants, with banners reading, “Boycott KBC, the Bank of Evictions” and “We Serve Neither King nor Kaiser, But Ireland” along with the Starry Plough, an insignia used by the Irish Citizen Army, a historical Socialist Republican armed force in Ireland.

AIA also commemorated the 107th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Citizen Army in front of a statue of James Connolly in Dublin, which marks the very spot where the army was constituted.

AIA also released a video documenting propaganda efforts with stickers reading, “Brits Out!,” “Join Anti Imperialist Action Ireland, for National Liberation and Socialist Revolution,” and “Stop the Extradition of Irish Republicans.”

United States

Pittsburgh

Activists with Serve the People held an educational event under the slogan “Support the People’s Rebellions Across the World!” to discuss the struggles in Brazil, Ethiopia, and Nigeria. 

One activist spoke on the rebellions in Ethiopia, connecting it to the struggle to defend Black lives in the US. Another speaker from STP spoke about the League of Poor Peasants in Brazil, emphasizing the importance of land occupations as part of the agrarian revolution in the countryside.

Banners at the event read, “Support the People’s Rebellions,” “Long Live the League of Poor Peasants,” and “Down with US Imperialism.”

Austin

Popular Women’s Movement—Movimiento Femenino Popular (PWM-MFP) commemorated the recently deceased Comrade Joselo, Ecuadorian Communist and combatant, by writing a poem in his honor. The poem was painted onto a banner and included the emblem of the Communist Party of Ecuador—Red Sun (PCE-SR), which was left at a park for people to view.

A mural in honor of comrade Joselo reading, “Comrade Joselo, Presente en la Lucha!” alongside a hammer and sickle was seen in Austin.

Graffiti citing a verse from the revolutionary poet and political prisoner Varavara Rao reads, “The foe fears the poet; Incarcerates him, and tightens the noose around his neck. But, already, in his notes the poet breathes among the masses.” Alongside the slogan, “Free All Political Prisoners.”

Numerous displays of graffiti have been documented around the city reading, “With Elections, the Rich Always Win,” “US Democracy is Bankrupt!,” “There is No Hope in Elections, It Is Right to Rebel!,” “Every Four Years the Ruling Class Chooses, No Matter Who Wins, the Working Class Loses,” and “Reconstitute the Communist Party! The Working Class Can Have Only One Party!”

Los Angeles

Graffiti commemorating Ecuadorian Communist Comrade Joselo was seen in Los Angeles, reading, “Comrade Joselo, Present in the Struggle!” along with a hammer and sickle.

Elsewhere, promotional posters for Tribune of the People were also documented.

Kansas City

Graffiti reading, “US Democracy is Bankrupt,” was documented in Kansas City.

Promotional posters for Tribune were also seen around the campus of the University of Missouri—Kansas City.

St. Louis

Graffiti was also seen in St. Louis with the slogan “US Democracy is Bankrupt!”

Posters promoting Tribune as a revolutionary news service were also documented in the city.

Orlando

Large blocks of promotional posters for Tribune have also been seen around the city of Orlando.

SUPPORT REVOLUTIONARY JOURNALISM

While you’re here, please consider donating so we can continue serving the people with our reporting!

Click to Donate