Week in Struggle: March 26-April 1

India

An armed strike lead by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in southern Bihar and western Jharkhand was carried out by the People´s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA). The armed strike was a response to the killing of four PLGA combatants by reactionary forces on March 16. On March 25, about 20 PLGA combatants stormed a construction site in Kondagaon, workers were asked to leave and combatants proceeded to set 12 vehicles on fire.

On March 24, a bus of 40 security forces of the reactionary state was hit with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Narayanpur. They were returning from a two day “Anti-Naxal-Operation” when they were ambushed, resulting in five of the reactionary forces being killed.

Various banners and road blockages were reported in Odisha. In Raighar, an important road was blocked with cut down tress and a red banner denouncing deforestation and demanding a fixed price for timber was at the front of the road block.

Brazil

Graffiti throughout various cities in Brazil commemorating 99 years since the founding of the Communist Party of Brazil was reported. The graffiti read, “Long Live 99 Years Since the founding of the PCB! Long Live Maoism! Down with revisionism!”

In Belém, the capital of Pará, A Nova Democracia (AND) spoke to people in line waiting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine about the need for revolution in their country. Supporters of AND sold newspapers and denounced the crimes committed by Bolsonaro and his government against the people of Brazil.

In the Águas Brancas, neighborhood in Belém, Popular Solidarity Committee activists pasted flyers demanding COVID-19 vaccines and denounced the genocidal policy of president Bolsonaro. The flyers stated that more than 300,000 Brazilians had died because of the genocidal Bolsonaro government while the ruling class ate filet mignon more than 3,000 Brazilians die daily. In large red letters the flyer demanded vaccines for the people, now!

Mexico

On Monday, activists from the Red International of Indigenous Oaxacans (RIIO), Popular Democratic Front (FDP), and Current of the People Red Sun (CP-Sol Rojo) demonstrated at the general prosecutor’s office of the State of Oaxaca to denounce the imposition of Arturo Peimbert as state attorney general. Numerous banners and posters have also been put up denouncing Peimbert throughout the city and in the prosecutor’s office itself.

As reported by CP-Sol Rojo, “the democratic-revolutionary organizations say that he went from ‘accomplice to executioner’ in clear allusion to when he served as head of the Human Rights Ombudsman of the People of Oaxaca from 2012 to 2019 and now that he has taken office as prosecutor in a fitting manner.”

CP-Sol Rojo and the Union of Indigenous Communities of the Northern Zone of the Isthmus held a press conference denouncing the plans for the Interoceanic Corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (CIIT) megaproject, noting that the communities it will affect have not been consulted or briefed on the project. The CIIT will take over large amounts of land largely belonging to poor and indigenous people in order to build ten industrial parks.

France

The Revolutionary Youth (Jeunes Revolutionnaires) commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune. In Lyon, a banner reading “Let’s raise the red flag of the Paris Commune! Jeunes Revolutionnaires” was dropped on Avenue Thiers.

In Caen, the Revolutionary Youth dropped banners and painted slogans in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune. “Let’s raise the red flag of the Paris Commune! All power to the working class” was painted on red banners and walls. “Long live the Paris Commune! Destroy the bourgeois state! All power to the working class,” was also painted on walls.

Denmark

A banner drop was documented in the Folehaven area in the outskirts of Copenhagen reading, “Free Palestine!” in Danish and Arabic.

Ireland

As Easter approaches, Irish Republicans with Anti-Imperialist Action have been distributing Easter lilies, a symbol of Irish resistance to British imperialism since the Easter Rising of 1916, in various areas in and around Dublin.

Also in the spirit of the Easter Rising, activists have been holding wreath laying ceremonies for fallen fighters killed in the struggle for national liberation. Activists from Monaghan and Armagh, from both sides of the border imposed by British imperialism, commemorated the life of Séamus McIlwain and Jim Lynagh. McIlwain was a fighter in the Provisional IRA who participated in the Maze Prison escape in 1983, the largest such escape in the history of British prisons; he was killed by British forces in April 1986. Lynagh was a unit commander of the East Tyrone Brigade who was greatly feared by Ulster loyalists and put forward the strategy of attacking British army bases and police stations to create liberated areas in the occupied six counties; he was killed in May 1987.

Activists also held a wreath laying ceremony at a Republican plot in Dublin, honoring Republican fighters of every generation that have sacrificed their lives.

United States

Austin

The Austin Tribune of the People support committee hosted a presentation on historical revolutionary journalists. The presenters spoke of VI Lenin’s work as the leader of the Russian Revolution and founder of the newspaper Iskra. Other revolutionary journalists covered during the presentation were Ida B. Wells and Ulrike Meinhof. Wells was a civil rights activist and used her writing to investigate and fight racism in the US. She also used her writing to fight for women’s rights. Meinhof was a militant of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) and widely known as a founding member of the Red Army Faction (RAF). Meinhof was the chief editor of the Konkret, a revolutionary magazine, popular among students, activists, and intellectuals.

Graffiti was seen at construction sites reading, “Proletarians of All Countries, Unite!” and “It Is Right to Rebel! May 1, International Workers’ Day!” Posters were also seen throughout the city promoting May 1.

Elsewhere, graffiti was documented reading, “Honor and Glory to Garrett Foster! Servant of the People, Defender of Black Lives!” and “People’s Justice for Garrett Foster!”

Oxnard

Last Friday, the Oxnard Tribune Support Committee held a video screening of Tribune of the People’s Year-in-Review video. Copies of the monthly newspaper issue were sold to those in attendance. Before the screening, Support Committee members spoke briefly about their distribution efforts and the importance of the working class having its own news service.

Pittsburgh

Graffiti was also seen commemorating Garrett Foster reading, “People’s Justice for Garrett Foster!” and “Garrett Foster, Present in the Struggle!”

Graffiti was documented with slogans promoting International Workers’ Day with the slogans “It Is Right to Rebel!” and “Proletarians of All Countries Unite!”

Kansas City

Graffiti promoting International Workers’ Day was also documented in Kansas City with the slogans “It Is Right to Rebel!” and “Proletarians of All Countries Unite!” Elsewhere, graffiti reading, “Defend the Life of Chairman Gonzalo” was seen.

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