Week in Struggle: January 15-21

India

Two members of the 16th Battalion of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force were injured by an improvised explosive device planted by suspected members of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) ​​in the Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh. Alleged PLGA militants also killed a police spy in the Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh and left Maoist leaflets near the site.

Turkey

Militants of the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML) left a banner reading, “We will Lead like Nubar, We will Command like Özgür, and We will Fight like Rosa and Asmin – TKP/ML, TIKKO” along with a bomb in the Küçükçekmece suburb of Instanbul. In a statement, the militants said, “Our martyr comrades from the communist leader Ibrahim Kaypakkaya until now have fulfilled the consciousness of asking for accounts and class hatred properly and have chosen an honorable death by responding to all the surrender efforts with their barrels.”

Brazil

The peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro have recently been subject to intimidation from armed gunmen of the Nossa Senhora landlords, who have circled the camp in hoods riding in trucks, motorcycles, and even donkeys. The peasants believe that they have received aid from nearby landowners who are afraid of having their own lands seized, and the gunmen could possibly include police based on their history as well as tactics.

As the families of Camp Manoel Ribeiro stated in a pamphlet: “We want to live in peace, but if they offer us war, they will have war! We will not leave our lands! We are united and organized! If they move a war apparatus against us, to try to get us off of the land, we will make sure that we will resist tooth and nail, in whatever way we can.”

“These lands are watered with the blood of the peasants who heroically resisted and fought for them in 1995 and of the indigenous peoples slaughtered by landowners and their Old State. And if necessary, we will add our blood to those heroes. Just like the fighters of Santa Elina in 1995, today 25 years later we shout out with a firm voice: Even if things get thicker, this land is ours! ”

The Sanitary Committee of the Popular Defense of Pinhais organized an action in mourning of the over 200,000 killed by Covid-19 and the total neglect of the Brazilian state in containing the virus, demanding that the vaccine be distributed to the people. The committee marched through the busiest streets carrying a banner reading, “Mourning the 200,000 deaths from COVID-19! Vaccine for the People Now!” The committee also handed out pamphlets and spoke with residents who demonstrated support by hanging black cloths at their homes and stores.

Austria

Activists in Vienna and Linz carried out actions against the new ‘Extremism Law,’ put forward after the November 2 shooting carried out by an ISIS sympathizer. The law will have the effect of curtailing basic democratic rights, including “preventative detention,” under the guise of combatting “political Islam;” activists have denounced the act as as a racist and anti-democratic attack on the people, especially Muslims.

In Vienna, antifascists as well as the Committee to Defend Fundamental Rights held a demonstration, carrying banners that read, “Down with Imperialism and State Racism! Rebellion is Justified!” and “Freedom of Expression in Danger: No to the Extremism Law! Defend Fundamental Rights!” In Linz, antifascist activists also held a solidarity action with flags and a similar banner.

France

Activists with the Revolutionary Youth (JR) participated in the ongoing protests against the Global Security Law in Lyon, Bordeaux, and Paris. They carried banners reading “Police Violence, Popular Self-Defense,” “Against Repression, Revolution!,” and “Let’s Give Back Blow for Blow!”

JR also carried out an action in solidarity with political prisoners of the national liberation struggle in Palestine with a banner reading, “Freedom for Ahmad Sa’adat and Georges Abdallah! Palestine will Overcome!”

Activists in Caen distributed flyers against French imperialism and the deepening economic crisis as well as copies of the revolutionary newspaper La Cause du Peuple at local markets. “French Troops Out of Africa, Clear Out Barkhane, Zionists Out of Palestine.”

Norway

Graffiti was documented in Trondheim reading, “Long Live the Work of Marx-Engels!” along with a hammer and sickle.

Ireland

To celebrate the anniversary of An Chéad Dáil Éireann, the first parliament of the Revolutionary Irish Republic in 1919, which coincided with one of the first actions in the Irish War of Independence, Irish Republicans with Anti Imperialist Action have been distributing and posting the original Democratic Programme around the country which they hold “remains a revolutionary document today and continues to inspire all who give their allegiance to the Republic.”

United States

United Neighborhood Defense Movement

United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) chapters in Los Angeles, Austin, Pittsburgh, and San Marcos commemorated the 200th anniversary of Friedrich Engels’ birth with a presentation on his pamphlet “The Housing Question.” The presentations explained that the struggles tenants face are the result of the capitalist mode of production and not synonymous to the exploitation of workers. Speakers connected the presentation to the current struggles each chapter is leading against class enemies who are evicting tenants and attempting to collect back rent during the economic crisis and coronavirus pandemic.

Austin

Graffiti reading, “New President. Same Imperialism,” was seen in Austin, a reference to the Biden/Harris administration sworn into office Thursday.

Graffiti in solidarity with the Hunts Point produce workers on strike in New York City was also seen in Austin, alongside a hammer and sickle.

Graffiti was documented in Austin reading, “APD Killed Again! RIP Alex Gonzales” and “APD Are Murderers.”

Houston

Supporters of Tribune of the People in Houston held a potluck and movie screening of “Impressions of a City” from How Yukong Moved the Mountains. Attendees discussed what they saw in the film and compared it to their own lives and politics in the US. A member from the Austin Support Committee also gave a speech on the international fight for socialism, connecting the struggles in Houston and Austin to struggles around the world.

Pittsburgh

A banner reading, “People’s Justice for Alex Gonzales Jr.! Austin Police Department Are Murderers!” was seen in Pittsburgh.

Kansas City

Graffiti was documented with the slogan “No Evictions! No Back Rent!”

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