Week in Struggle: July 23-29

India

Three actions against enemies of the Indian people were carried out by suspected members of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), led by the Communist Party of India (Maoist). There are no reports of fatalities or injuries of PLGA forces regarding the three actions.

On July 25, a battle ensued between reactionary security forces of the old Indian state and suspected PLGA members. Reporting on this confrontation is limited.

On July 24, an office of VRS Construction Ltd., a British imperialist company, was stormed in retaliation for not paying a revolutionary tax to the people; several machines were set on fire.

On July 20, one Indo-Tibetan Border Police officer was killed and a deputy sub-inspector was injured in an ambush.

Brazil

Huge protests in resistance to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s genocidal government occurred on July 24. A key demand of the protests was the distribution of vaccines for the people, in light of new information showing the government’s criminal overpayments for vaccines. They also denounced the allocation of billions of Brazilian reais for the sham elections.

Protesters, including activists from Red Unit-Revolutionary Youth League (Unidade Vermelha – Liga Da Juventude Revolucionária) and the Popular Revolutionary Student Movement (Movimento Estudantil Popular Revolucionário), faced state repression from military police and arrests, which was facilitated by leaked plans from opportunists who oppose militant action.

In addition to previous demands and denunciations, support was also shown for the League of Poor Peasants (Liga dos Camponeses Pobres, LCP) in their fight for Agrarian Revolution and four peasants arrested in connection with the struggle for land. Banners read “Down with the genocidal military government of Jair Bolsonaro!” “Neither Parliament, nor Election, Direct Action and Revolution!” and “Barricade and general strike!”

The National Commission of the League of Poor Peasants (LCP, Liga dos Camponeses Pobres) released a video in which the Brazilian peasants salute the struggle of the Indian people and the 20th anniversary of the heroic People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA).

The video shows a montage of solidarity actions taken by the Brazilian peasants over the course of various years. These include actions taken in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Naxalbari uprising, campaigns demanding the freedom of political prisoners Dr. G.N. Saibaba, Varavara Rao and Konnath Muralidharan, also known as comrade Ajith, and the condemnation of Operation Green Hunt which was launched as a war of annihilation against the Indian people and specifically against the poor peasantry.

The National Commission of the LCP and a member of Popular Women’s Movement (Movimiento Feminino Popular) end the video by saluting the struggle of the Indian people and chanting the slogans, “Long live the struggle of the Indian people,” and “Long live 20th anniversary of the Heroic People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army!”

Mexico

Current of the People Red Sun (Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo) held a statewide workshop on political and ideological development in Oaxaca City with various regional, local, and democratic organizations in attendance. A goal of the event was to strengthen unity within Current of the People Red Sun as well as with other organizations.

Colombia

On July 20, the day which traditionally marks Colombia’s wars of independence from the Spanish Crown, combative protests led by the youth took place in cities such as Medellin and Bogota. The young protesters rejected that Colombia is truly independent while it is dominated by US imperialism, clashing with police forces as they denounced Colombia’s ruling class. Throughout the march, revolutionary slogans were documented on walls across Medellin.

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Graffiti in memory of Saúl Morales, who passed away in June 10 of this year, was documented. He was a member of Current of the People Red Sun and affectionately known as “Chino Pelon.” The graffiti read “Honor and Glory to Mexican Comrade Saúl Morales.”

Other graffiti showed solidarity for the four young Brazilian peasants who were arrested on May 14, 2021 during an illegal incursion on Camp Manoel Ribeiro in the western state of Rondonia. Graffiti read, “Freedom for the 4 peasants of League of Poor Peasants of Brazil.” The four peasants are being held by the Brazilian state without evidence. Camp Manoel Ribeiro was the last section of the old Hacienda Santa Elina seized in full by peasants last fall. Since seizing the land, the peasants have retreated after victoriously breaking through a police encirclement that threatened to massacre them in May.

Other graffiti read “Long live the 100 years of the founding of the Communist Party of China [CPC], long live Maoism, death to revisionism!” referring to the 100 year anniversary of the CPC, which led the revolution in China under Chairman Mao’s leadership. More graffiti read “Armed with Maoism, the people will conquer their freedom!” and “Raise the peasantry for the agrarian revolution! Land for those who work it!”

Norway

In Kristiansand, a series of graffiti was documented in support of the election boycott called by revolutionaries against the bourgeois elections which will be held in September. The graffiti stated “Boycott the vote,” with a hammer and sickle, as well as “Vote, No!! Revolution, Yes!!” and “Boycott the election! For Revolution and a new workers’ state.” The election boycott campaign seeks to organize the people against the reactionary elections, denouncing them as a means by which the ruling class enforces its dominion over the working class.

Also in Kristiansand, posters were documented in solidarity with the four wrongfully imprisoned peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro. The following slogans were on the posters, “Freedom for Estefane, Luis Carlos, Ricardo Paulino, Ezequiel,” “Freedom for the political prisoners of camp Manoel Ribeiro,” “Support the struggle of the poor peasants in Brazil” and “Land for those who work it.”

Galicia

Red Galicia, a revolutionary organization, participated in a demonstration celebrating the National Day of Galicia. The day has been historically marked by workers coming together to protest pressing political issues and was used to protest the fascist dictatorship of Francisco Franco which ruled Spain through the mid 20th century. During the demonstration, Red Galicia carried a banner reading “Freedom for Brazilian Political Prisoners” in support of the four arrested peasants from Camp Manoel Ribeiro.

United States

Graffiti in support of the League of Poor Peasants (LCP, Liga dos Camponeses Pobres) and the Agrarian Revolution in Brazil was documented. Other graffiti showed solidarity for the four arrested peasants of Camp Manoel Ribeiro. Agrarian Revolution is necessary in Brazil as the only way peasants can achieve dignified living conditions by conquering the land and redistributing it to those who live and work on it.

Graffiti commemorating Mexican revolutionary Saúl Morales Hernández, known as “Chino Pelón,” passed away June 10, 2021, was documented in Pittsburgh. He was a worker at a bottling plant and helped led a strike within the factory he worked at demanding the right to unionize. He led many other workers’ struggle during his life.

In Pittsburgh, United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) held an action outside the home of councilman R. Daniel Lavelle. He is one of the politicians overseeing the allocation of $28.5 million in federal COVID relief funds given to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Activists demand that the funds be given to tenants so back rent can be paid, especially for tenants in the Black working class neighborhood, The Hill (which is part of Lavelle’s district). UNDM also demanded an eviction ban and promoted their larger campaign against the Urban Redevelopment Authority. 

Activists hung a banner that said “Stop Daniel Lavelle’s $28.5 million backroom deal” and agitated outside Lavelle’s house while he was in a city council livestream call. At various points they were loud enough to be heard on the call. Signs were also put in his yard which read “URA, give 28.5 million to tenants” and “no evictions.”

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