TKP/ML International Committee: Let Us Defend the Life of Chairman Gonzalo!

Editor’s Note: We share the following unofficial translation of a statement by the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist–Leninist (TKP/ML) which adds to the worldwide call to defend Chairman Gonzalo who faces a serious threat to his life and health at this time. His captors, the Peruvian State, backed by US imperialism, are attempting to fulfill their assassination plans, which requires all revolutionaries and progressives to move heaven and earth to defend the life and health of Chairman Gonzalo!

By the TKP/ML International Committee

Communist Party of Peru (PCP, Partido Comunista del Perú) leader Manuel Ruben Abimael Guzman Reynoso (Chairman Gonzalo) has been held in a solitary cell at the Callao military naval base since his captivity on September 12, 1992, despite his advancing age and deteriorating health. On July 17, 2021 he had a heart attack and was hospitalized. Chairman Gonzalo is the undisputed leader of the theoretical and practical construction of the Peruvian People’s War, which from the 1980s to the early 1990s, made great advances in the faith and determination of the revolution to the oppressed and exploited peoples and working class of the world.

When he was captured in Lima, the capital of Peru, by a CIA-based operation on September 12, 1992, the Peruvian Communist Party had established control over a large part of the country and was making preparations to deal the final blow to Peruvian fascism. When Chairman Gonzalo was captured, he had created a mass-supported movement of about 25,000 guerrillas and thousands of armed militias and millions organized around thousands of illegal mass organizations from all oppressed sections of society. The Peruvian People’s War has been a communist barricade to the counter-revolutionary propaganda and the collapse of socialism, carried out by imperialists and all kinds of anti-MLM [Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, -Ed.] understandings. The revolutionary struggle under the leadership of the PCP, which has made great progress in a short time, has demonstrated both theoretically and practically that taking power from the imperialists and reactionaries can only be achieved through the People’s War guided by Chairman Mao’s teachings and by drawing clear boundaries with the enemy. The imperialist system has been frightened by the widespread and deep effects of this line among the masses. It has both undermined the belief in the invincibility of imperialism and reaction and caused revisionist, intra-establishment, reformist and parliamentary theories to be worthless in the eyes of the masses.

The struggle and line of the PCP under Gonzalo’s leadership emerged at a time when revolutionary struggles around the world were receding and the revisionist camp was increasingly integrating itself into the capitalist system. The capitalist passengers who usurped power in China after the death of Chairman Mao betrayed the Chinese revolution and dragged China onto a social imperialist route. Chairman Mao’s teachings had lost their spirit and essence. In other words, the belief in revolution and socialism has given new hope to the oppressed and exploited masses of the world.

Therefore, when he was captured by the CIA-based operation, the imperialists and their henchmen wanted to expose him in their own way in front of a large cage to show that they had won. Gonzalo called for the continuation of the People’s War and destroyed the enthusiasm of the bourgeoisie by singing The Internationale. For 29 years, the imperialists and Peruvian reaction have been taking revenge on the struggle for revolution and socialism on Chairman Gonzalo and on the leaders of these struggles by keeping him under severe isolation conditions. MLM saw what the oppressed and exploited masses were able to create; the armed force of the people under the command of the correct ideology and leadership during the People’s War led by Chairman Gonzalo. The anxiety and fear condemned the imperialists and their servants and the Peruvian ruling classes to continue the isolation policy in the strictest way.

Our party; TKP/ML carried out serious campaigns in many parts of Turkey and Europe during the period when Comrade Gonzalo was imprisoned and showed solidarity with the Peruvian revolution. Today, we believe that Gonzalo’s People’s War line is the only way of salvation for the revolutionary struggle of the Peruvian people. In the spirit of internationalism we support the Peruvian People’s War under the leadership of the Party.

The Peruvian fascist state must immediately end the inhumane isolation and treatment of Chairman Gonzalo. The international revolutionary and progressive public opinion should raise their voices and increase solidarity for the health and freedom of Chairman Gonzalo, who is kept under severe oppression and isolation conditions and whose life is still in danger.

Let us embrace the resistance of the revolutionary and communist prisoners held captive by the imperialists and their lackeys around the world through Chairman Gonzalo!

Let us defend Chairman Gonzalo’s life and claim his freedom!

Long Live the Victory of the People’s War!

Long Live Proletarian Internationalism!

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