Week in Struggle: June 4-10

Brazil

On May 28, the Sanitation Committee for Popular Defense in Ouro Preto joined with residents to protest water privatization in their area. Banners read “Against the privatization of water!” and “Out with Saneouro.” Saneouro is the company responsible for providing water and sewage services to the city, which has driven water prices up as mining companies artificially decrease the water supply. Protesters demanded free water, water treatment, and the immediate exit of Saneouro from the area. Graffiti in solidarity with the struggles of the people of Ouro Preto was also seen in the city, reading, “Out with Saneouro! Against the privatization of water!”

More graffiti was seen in support of the League of Poor Peasants (LCP, Liga de Camponeses Pobres) which read “Long live the LCP!” and “Only the Agrarian Revolution will Deliver Land to the Rural Poor.”

Mexico

Current of the People Red Sun (Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo), along with other groups, promoted the boycott of the Mexican legislative elections held on June 6. In Mexico City, Hidalgo, and Oaxaca, Sol Rojo put up posters with the slogan, “The bourgeoisie persecutes and represses the normalista (students studying to be teachers) and popular movements, don’t vote, organize and fight!” Sol Rojo also shared images of graffiti as well as spoiled ballots with slogans such as “Elections are not the solution!”

Graffiti in support of the election boycott was also documented reading, “Do not vote, reconstitute the communist party of Mexico,” with a hammer and sickle.

Germany

A banner with a large hammer and sickle and the slogan “The blood spilled will be avenged, honor and glory to the heroic Colombian masses,” was placed in front of the Colombian consulate in Bremen in support of the ongoing national strike in Colombia. 

Also in Bremen, activists also held an educational presentation on the Colombian uprisings with a banner reading, “Long live the great uprising of the Colombian people!” in German and Spanish.

In Hamburg, the Alliance Against Imperialist Aggression rallied in support of the Colombian uprisings, displaying a banner which read “Long live the great uprising of the Colombian people!” Activists distributed pamphlets about the national strike and shouted the slogan “The blood spilled will be avenged, honor and glory to the Colombian masses!”

Graffiti in support of the uprisings in Colombia was documented in Berlin and Essen with the slogans “Long live the great uprising of the Colombian people!” and “The blood spilled will be avenged, honor and glory to the Colombian masses!”

Austria

In Vienna, students organized a rally in protest of police violently arresting students under the pretext of social-distancing and throwing them to the ground. Activists held red flags and signs reading “Against social-distancing and police violence! Protect health by increasing the health care system!”

Norway

A mural in support of the League of Poor Peasants was documented in Oslo reading, “Long Live the LCP!”

Sweden

Posters in Nyköping and Oxelösund were documented reading, “Organize yourself, communists! Ignore the politicians’ false promises in parliament and local (governments) to fight against the exploiters in workplaces and in neighborhoods!” and “Fight against the bourgeoisie for socialist revolution! Fight against class collaborationist policies! Unite on the basis of the class struggle! Fight against imperialism for proletarian internationalism!”

Ireland

On June 6, Anti-Imperialist Action Ireland commemorated Irish Republican Army (IRA) volunteer Michael Gaughan. He died while on hunger strike in prison on June 3, 1974. Gaughan and his comrades were striking against solitary confinement and for the liberation of Ireland. Graffiti was documented reading, “Remember Ireland’s hunger-strikers, 1917-1981.”

United States

Kansas City

In Kansas City, graffiti reading, “Glory to the Day of Heroism, June 19, 1986” and “Long live the People’s War in Peru” with a hammer and sickle was documented in Kansas City. The Day of Heroism is celebrated internationally by communists and revolutionaries in honor of the fallen militants of the Communist Party of Peru who fought to their death in the shining trenches of combat of Lurigancho, El Fronton, and Callao prisons on June 19, 1986.

Graffiti in solidarity with the national strike in Colombia was documented and read “Long live the great uprisings of the Colombian people” with a hammer and sickle.

Graffiti demanding the freedom of the four Brazilian peasants arrested in Camp Manoel Ribeiro was documented, reading, “Free Ezequiel, Luis Carlos, Estefana, Ricardo! Long Live the LCP!”

Austin

Graffiti in solidarity with the uprisings in Columbia was documented in Austin with the Spanish and English slogan, “Viva el gran levantamiento del pueblo Colombiano,” “Long live the great uprisings of the Colombian people,” and “Honor and glory to the heroic Colombian masses” all accompanied by a hammer and sickle.

Graffiti in commemoration of the Day of Heroism was reported, “Punish the guilty! Long live the Day of Heroism, June 19, 1986” and “Glory to the heroes of the Peruvian people! June 19, 1986” with a hammer and sickle were seen on walls.

Bellingham

Graffiti reading, “Glory to the Day of Heroism!” with a red hammer and sickle was documented in Bellingham.

Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, graffiti with the slogans, “Long live the People’s War in Peru! graffiti read, “Long live the Communist Party of Peru! June 1986,” “Glory to the heroes of the Peruvian people! June 19, 1986” and “Glory to the Day of Heroism June 19, 1986” with hammer and sickles were reported.

Other graffiti read, “Long live the great uprisings of the Colombian people!” with a hammer and sickle.

Pittsburgh

Graffiti with the slogans, “Long live the great uprisings of the Colombian people,” and “The blood spilled will be avenged!” with a hammer and sickle was documented in Pittsburgh.

Other graffiti documented in the city read “Glory to the Day of Heroism! June 19, 1986” with a hammer and sickle.

Oxnard

Graffiti with the Spanish slogan “Gloria a los heroes del pueblo peruano 19 de junio, 1986 (Glory to the heroes of the Peruvian people! June 19, 1986)” was documented in honor of the upcoming Day of Heroism.

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