Week in Struggle: August 13-19

Brazil

Revolutionary organizations across Brazil marked 26 years of peasant resistance in Corumbiara, Rondônia on August 9 with large events. Peasants in Corumbiara have waged struggle for years against the large landlords, who have mercilessly stolen land and terrorized the peasants though assassinations and military attacks. The militancy of the Battle of Santa Elina in 1995, in which 600 peasant families heroically fought back against attempts from the police to invade the land and massacre the peasants, at least eleven were murdered and many more were disappeared and seriously injured.

In the face of this oppression and exploitation, the peasants formed the basis for the League of Poor Peasants (LCP, Liga dos Camponeses Pobres), who have led the poor peasantry in their struggle for land as part of the agrarian revolution across the Brazilian countryside since their founding.

Organizations including the Brazilian Center of Solidarity with the People (Centro Brasileño de Solidaridad con los Pueblos), Popular Women’s Movement (Movimento Feminino Popular), Revolutionary Popular Student Movement (Movimento Estudantil Popular Revolucionário), and representatives of the LCP hosted or participated in events. Speakers denounced the old State’s terrorism, celebrating the sacrifices of martyred peasants, and drawing attention to the recent arrest of four peasants from Camp Manoel Ribeiro, which was located on the same Santa Elina farm as the 1995 battle.

Banners at the events read, “Long live 26 years of the heroic peasant resistance of Corumbiara!” and “Freedom for the four political prisoners of Camp Manoel Ribeiro! Conquer the land, destroy the latifundio [large landlords]!”

The LCP’s newspaper Jornal Resistencia Camponesa published a video honoring Comrade Abel, who died last year on August 9. Comrade Abel was among the first peasants fighting in the land struggle in Jacinópolis, Rondônia. During his time under the leadership of the LCP, the peasants finished construction of a road in just a few days which reduced the peasants’ travel distance by hundreds of miles, restored destroyed land, and fought against gunmen employed by the latifundio. Comrade Abel was considered an example to others and was buried by his family with an LCP flag over his coffin at his request.

Watch the video dedication to Comrade Abel here.

Residents led by the Health Committees for Popular Defense (Comitês Sanitário de Defesa Popular) stopped Saneouro, a water company, from installing hydrometers in their neighborhood. These hydrometers are part of the privatization of water by Saneouro, which drives the prices of water up by artificially limiting the supply. Protesters also demanded that the company repair asphalt which they destroyed when attempting construction.

Graffiti signed by the Revolutionary Front for the Defense of the Rights of the People (Frente Revolucionária de Defesa dos Direitos do Povo) read, “Long live the heroic battle of Santa Elina! Death to the latifundio!” Graffiti signed by the LCP was also documented reading, “All support to Camp Manoel Ribeiro! Long live the LCP!”

Additional graffiti was also documented reading, “Down with the genocidal military government of [President] Bolsonaro!”

Ecuador

In Buenos Aries, Imbabura, protests have continued against the mining company Hanrine, as well as the police, who have been collaborating with the company. Mining in this area causes natural disasters and pollution, and most importantly it takes fertile land from those who depend on it for their livelihoods. Women have been especially active in the recent protests.

Watch the video here.

Mexico

On August 13, revolutionaries in Mexico marked 500 years of indigenous resistance against colonialism and now semi-colonialism under US imperialism, which economically subjugates the Mexican people, assisted by the monopoly private and state capitalists as well as the large landlords. Current of the People – Red Sun (Corriente del Pueblo – Sol Rojo) joined calls for indigenous self-determination, which is inseparable from the land struggle, and ultimately the new democratic revolution and socialism to end semi-colonialism.

Austria

In Innsbruck, an educational event was organized in solidarity with the LCP in Brazil. The event was organized supported by activists from the revolutionary organizations Red Front Collective and Partizan, made up of Turkish immigrants. There was a lecture on the general situation in Brazil, international solidarity, and the recent developments in the poor peasants’ struggle for land.

Galicia (Spanish State)

In Galicia, graffiti was documented in solidarity with the poor peasants’ struggle for land in Brazil with the slogan, “Long live the LCP,” along with a hammer and sickle

Norway

In Oslo, Kristiansand, and Trondheim, posters, graffiti, and banners have been documented in support of the election boycott campaign with the slogans “Boycott the election!” and “Elections, no! Revolution, yes!”

United States

Various actions were carried out across the United States in solidarity with Chairman Gonzalo, leader of the Communist Party of Peru and greatest living Communist in the world, as part of the international campaign in defense of his life under the slogan “Move heaven and Earth to defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo.” Chairman Gonzalo has been imprisoned by the Peruvian State since 1992, and over the years he has been deliberately denied adequate medical care as his health deteriorates in an attempt to annihilate him.

Read: Actions, Statements for the International Campaign to Defend the Life of Chairman Gonzalo

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