The following was originally posted on Communist International, Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Internet Review, covering the ongoing repression against poor peasant camps in Rondônia, specifically on the former Santa Elina Farm.
“Government of Rondônia threatens new massacre in the Hacienda Santa Elina,” located in Rondônia in the Western Amazon, Brazil.
We denounce that the government of Rondônia headed by the governor, also a colonel of the Military Police, Marcos Rocha and the secretary of security Cisneiro Pacha, “the butcher of Santa Elina,” in recent days has unleashed a series of actions and preparations that point to a sinister new offensive by reaction against the peasant movement, which together with other events is gaining importance in the whole Western Amazon. This reactionary offensive against the peasant movement is taking place in the middle of the sharpening of the contradiction between revolution and counterrevolution and important developments of the political situation in Brazil.
In their campaign, the reactionaries have started to classify the revolutionary peasant movement as an armed organization and are moving an intense and wide reactionary repressive campaign with persecutions, assassinations, and defamation in order to criminalize it as a terrorist organization, and to capture its leaders with the aim, already unsuccessful, of crushing the revolutionary peasant movement. But, not only that, reaction is trying to repress the revolutionary movement as a whole, including the popular and democratic press.
In order to implement its monstrous and sinister plan, the enemy needs to move certain public opinion in its favor, wielding the ghost of the events of August 1995, known internationally as the “Massacre of Corumbiara,” which the revolutionary peasant movement has defined as the “Battle of Santa Elina.”
The revolutionary peasant movement carries out its own campaign as a counter-campaign to the reactionary campaign on the basis of “combat and resist,” raising the example of the heroic battle of Santa Elina for the land where the poor peasantry won a great political and moral victory for the peasant and popular struggle despite the massacre by the landowners and the repressive forces of the Old State, which preyed on the blood of the poor peasantry.
Today, with this note, we urgently and immediately start the great international campaign of solidarity with the struggle of the revolutionary peasant movement in this particular region. It is important that democratic organizations, personalities, artists, etc. send their protests and denounce the secretary of security of Rondônia, Cisneiro Pacha “butcher of Santa Elina” and the governor of the state, colonel of the Military Police, Marcos Rocha. In due course, we will be providing details, directives, and developments of the campaign as soon as we receive the corresponding information.
As part of this campaign we will be publishing A Nova Democracia’s weekly editorials on the development of the political situation in Brazil.
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