By the Editorial Board
If we die in this fight
Our blood will be a seed.
We will conquer justice,
History does not fail, we will win.
-From the Hymn of the League of Poor Peasants in Brazil
The peasants’ struggle and democratic revolutionary movement is on the advance in Brazil against the Old Society, leading the desperate ruling class to panic and prepare futile plans to try to drown the people’s resistance in blood—but the peasants are unafraid and prepared for all outcomes, they know what they have sacrificed to conquer their lands, and what it will take to make these gains permanent.
The peasants’ movement of Brazil, led by the League of Poor Peasants (Liga dos Camponeses Pobres – LCP) declares to all the world, under a state of siege, in the face of military assaults and incursions from the military police: “The lands of Santa Elina Are Soaked with the Blood of Peasants—We Will Not Leave From Here!”
Revolutionaries the world over must listen clearly and echo these defiant pronouncements! Tribune proudly joins the international call to defend the peasants’ movement and the revolutionaries fighting in Brazil against a fresh offensive of the dying Old Society. We must deploy our maximum efforts to prevent another massacre on the Old Santa Elina Hacienda! We denounce the genocidal Brazilian military regime, lackeys of US imperialism, and join all calls to demand an immediate end to the attacks on the proud peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro, part of the old Santa Elina Hacienda in the Western Amazon state of Rondônia.
Peasants have proudly fought for their land for decades, in truth for centuries, and spilt their blood without hesitation, knowing that nothing that the Brazilian ruling class can offer will satisfy what they deserve: everything! The peasants know well what they have given to fight for this land. The lands of Santa Elina were conquered, piece by piece, since 1995, when the Brazilian regime attacked peasants in what is widely known as the Corumbiara Massacre, known by revolutionaries as the Battle of Santa Elina. In carrying out their crime, the reaction murdered eleven peasants, including Vanessa, a seven-year-old girl, whose name the peasants cry today as they stand off against the armed guards of the state.
Last year, on the anniversary of this battle, the peasants fully retook all the lands of the old Hacienda Santa Elina, and named their seized lands Camp Manoel Ribeiro. Today, as the Old State launches cowardly attacks on the families at Camp Manoel Ribeiro, men, women, and children fearlessly face down military police, chanting “This land is ours!” and unfurling the red flag, the flag that symbolizes the people all the world over on the march towards revolution. The peasants’ fight for agrarian revolution is part of the Democratic Revolution which must be realized in Brazil, which continues uninterrupted to Socialism. As part of our internationalist duty, we must support the revolutionary movements of the Third World as part of our post in the World Proletarian Revolution, and this means giving all support to Camp Manoel Ribeiro and the revolutionary movement in Brazil.
Intimidation, encirclement, torture, and siege are all being used against the peasants’ movement, preparing for greater attacks. Roads are being cut off, food and health services are being denied, and the crimes are all being coordinated by Rondônia Governor Marcos Rocha, and his Secretary of Security José H. Cysneiros Pachá—the “Butcher of Santa Elina”—the very military police officer who conducted the criminal operations against Santa Elina in 1995.
The genocidal Brazilian state conducts its current operations in the same period when revolutionary democrats in Brazil commemorate the Day of Heroes of the Brazilian People, on April 9. This holiday commemorates the fallen fighters and martyrs of the revolution in Brazil, and was chosen in honor of Comrade Renato Nathan, a leader of the League of Poor Peasants who was assassinated by the cowardly state on April 9, 2012 at the age of 28. His blood soaks the land in Brazil, and the peasants will defend his sacrifice and all others who have given their lives—they will not be moved!
Knowing that they must also attack the voice of revolution among the people which exposes their crimes, Brazilian reaction has also carried out campaigns of harassment and intimidation against A Nova Democracia (AND), the revolutionary newspaper of the Brazilian people, which serves the people with its indispensable coverage of the peasants and the democratic movements of Brazil. The reaction has sent their agents of the military intelligence services to hover around the offices of AND, following editors and journalists, but this theater will not stop the comrades’ work, just as the offensives against the peasants will only strengthen their resistance.
Tribune shares the humble solidarity our organization has carried out, as well as the actions of other revolutionary organizations in the US and internationally, and we will continue to document the ongoing solidarity from all revolutionary peoples in the US and beyond. As revolutionaries within the sole hegemonic superpower in the world and principal enemy of the world’s people, the primary imperialist power which exploits the Brazilian people, we have a duty to do all we can to defend the peasants and people of Brazil.
Defend A Nova Democracia, Revolutionary Newspaper of the Brazilian People!
Long live the Resistance of the Peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro!
Down with the Criminalization of the Struggle for Land in Brazil!
Proletarians of All Countries, Unite!
Note: Since this article’s original publication, further solidarity actions from Phoenix, Charlotte, Galicia, and Norway have been documented and added to the list.
Oxnard Revolutionary Study Group(OxRevStudy) and Tribune of the People’s Oxnard Support Committee (SC) held a solidarity concert April 10, educating the community about the Brazilian government’s preparation to violently repress the revolutionary peasants in the state of Rondonia, as well as the surveillance and sabotage of the revolutionary newspaper A Nova Democracia.
Close to 100 people gathered for the event and six local bands performed in support of the Brazilian struggle throughout the day. Two banners were produced reading “All Support to the Peasants of the Manoel Ribeiro Area,” and “Defend A Nova Democracia, Revolutionary Newspaper of the Brazilian People.”
The Committee to Support the People’s Struggles in Brazil commemorated the Day of Heroes of the Brazilian People on April 9 with a presentation that covered the contributions of revolutionary leader Comrade Sandra Lima, and peasant leaders, Comrade Cleomar and Comrade Renato. The event tied the struggles of revolutionaries martyrs to current attempts of the state to repress and intimate the revolutionary peasants movement as well as the editors and journalists of A Nova Democracia.
Graffiti was also documented across the city in support of the Brazilian peasants reading “Long Live the Resistance of the Peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro,” “Down with the Criminalization of the Struggle for Land in Brazil,” “All Support to the Peasants of Manoel Ribeiro,” and “Long Live the Brazilian Agrarian Revolution! Death to the Latinfundium!”
The Austin Tribune Support Committee gave a statement of solidarity with the Brazilian revolutionary newspaper A Nova Democracia. They denounced attacks by the reactionary state made against the newspaper such as sabotage in the form of cutting wires in the organization’s office and surveillance on the paper’s staff and editors. This statement comes at a time when repressive measures are increasing against the peasant movement in Brazil and against A Nova Democracia due to the newspaper’s coverage of the peasant’s fight for land and the people’s struggles across the country.
Members of the Committee to Support the People’s Struggle in Brazil held banners in solidarity with the revolutionary peasant movement at two different locations.
Supporters in Phoenix carried out an act of solidarity with the revolutionary peasant movement in Brazil at a neighborhood park with a banner that read, “Long live the Resistance of the Peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro!”
The Charlotte Tribune support committee held a solidarity action in West Charlotte. Members distributed articles on the current state repression the revolutionary Brazilian peasant movement and the democratic revolutionary newspaper, A Nova Democracia, are resisting. One member gave a speech denouncing the colonel of the Military Police, Marcos Rocha and the secretary of security Cisneiro Pacha, “the butcher of Santa Elina.”
Graffiti was seen in Los Angeles reading, “Conquer the Land in Brazil, Destroy the Latifundium!”
Members of Serve the People spoke to people and vendors in a neighborhood in South Los Angeles about the current state and military repression exercised against the peasant movement in Brazil, handing out Tribune articles on the topic.
Elsewhere, a banner drop was carried out with the slogan, “Long Live the Resistance of the Peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro!” and “Down with the Criminalization of the Struggle for Land in Brazil”
In Houston, a statement in speech was made in solidarity with the revolutionary peasants movement along with banners reading, “Long Live the LCP! Hands off the Brazilian Peasants!,” “Long Live the Resistance of the Peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro! Down with the Criminalization of the Struggle for Land in Brazil!” The activists also denounced the recent harassment and surveillance of Brazilian revolutionary newspaper A Nova Democracia, along with a banner reading, “Defend A Nova Democracia, Revolutionary Newspaper of the Brazilian People!”
The Wheeling Tribune Support Committee distributed articles on the current State repression peasants in Brazil are facing and held a poster reading, “Long Live the Resistance of the Manoel Ribeiro Camp.”
An act of solidarity was carried out by the Orlando Tribune Support Committee with a banner reading, “Long Live the Resistance of the Peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro!”
In Kansas City solidarity graffiti with the revolutionary peasant movement in Brazil was documented. The slogans read “Long live the Agrarian Revolution in Brazil! Death to the Latifundium!” and “Down with the Criminalization of the Struggle for Land in Brazil!”
A banner was documented in Providence, Rhode Island with the slogan, “Long Live the Resistance of the Peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro.”
The Pittsburgh chapter of UNDM held a presentation on the history of eviction defense in Pittsburgh, nationally, and internationally from 1920 to present. While emphasizing that the struggle for land in the oppressed countries does not equate to the housing struggle in imperialist countries, special solidarity was given to the peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro of Brazil during the event.
Members of Serve the People Pittsburgh carried out an action in solidarity with the revolutionary peasants’ movement in Brazil with banners reading, “Long Live the Resistance of the Peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro!”
The Pittsburgh Tribune SC conducted solidarity with A Nova Democracia, holding a banner reading “Long Live A Nova Democracia, Democratic News of the Brazilian People!”
Graffiti was also documented throughout the city with the slogans, “Long Live the Brazilian Agrarian Revolution! Death to the Latifundium! Long Live the Resistance of the Peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro!,” “All Support to the Peasants of the Manoel Ribeiro Area!,” “Down with the Criminalization of the Struggle for Land in Brazil!,” and “Conquer the Land! Destroy the Latifundium!”
Students from the Federal University of Rondônia have been promoting a campaign to collect financial resources, clothing, and food for the peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro and Camp Tiago dos Santos under the slogan. According to the student organizers, the proceeds “will serve to support families that resist in the struggle to have land to work and flee the poverty of the cities in a moment of serious economic and health crisis.”
The Committee of Poor Peasants in Ecuador released the following video in solidarity with the peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro with the slogans, “No to the Massacre of Poor Peasants in Brazil!,” “Long Live the Struggle for Land!,” Long Live the League of Poor Peasants in Brazil!,” and “Land for Those Who Work It!”
Galiza Vermelha (Red Galicia) pasted a mural in solidarity with the peasant movement in Brazil. The mural reads, “The Brazilian State Represses the People. Galician Solidarity with the League of Poor Peasants,” accompanied with a hammer and sickle.
In Oslo, a solidarity action Brazilian peasants was carried out for the in front of the Brazilian embassy in Oslo. Activists held a banner that read in Portuguese, “Combat and resist! All support to the peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro!” which was later hung in the nearby area.
In Kristiansand, Graffiti in support of the poor farmers in Brazil and the poor farmers’ union was documented in the predominantly proletarian district of Vågsbygd reading “Solidarity with the revolutionary peasant movement in Brazil” and “All support to the peasants in Camp Manoel Ribeiro!”
In Bremen, graffiti was documented with slogans in both German and Portuguese reading, ‘Combat and Resist! All Support to the Peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro!”
A rally has also been scheduled in Stuttgart for Sunday, April 18, in solidarity with the revolutionary peasant movement in Brazil.
The Red Women’s Committee in Germany also released a declaration in solidarity with the revolutionary peasant movement in Brazil. In the declaration they state, “We call on all revolutionary, progressive and democratically-minded organizations, people, artists, etc. to express their protest against the preparation of the new massacre against the poor and landless peasants in a great wave of international solidarity, to create public opinion for the peasants’ struggle and to unfold different actions of solidarity.”
Graffiti signed by the Revolutionary Youth (JR) was documented in Saint-Étienne with the slogan “Long Live the LCP!”
JR also carried out actions in solidarity with the revolutionary peasant movement in Brazil in Saint-Étienne and Lyon with banners reading, “Down with the Criminalization of the Struggle for Land, Long Live the LCP!”
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