Week in Struggle: August 20-26

India

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) [CPI (Maoist)] erected a monument as part of their annual Martyr’s Week, which is commemorated from July 28 through August 3. Martyr’s Week honors fallen militants and began after police murdered one of the founders of the party, Charu Majumdar, on July 28, 1972. More than 2,000 people gathered at this monument, celebrating the struggle to free the Indian people from imperialism, semi-feudalism, and bureaucratic capitalism that stifles the people and growth of the country.

Several actions were taken this past week by suspected members of the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) led by the CPI (Maoist). On August 22, the Jhrigaon-Chandahandi road was blocked and a banner was placed opposing the construction of a nearby dam. PLGA militants oppose certain infrastructure projects because it gives builders and reactionary forces an inroad into the area as part of the counterinsurgency campaign against the People’s War in India.

On August 22, suspected PLGA militants ambushed Indo-Tibetan Border Police near their camp. All suspected militants survived, seizing an AK-47, two bullet-proof vests, and a wireless communications set, and killing an Assistant Commandant and an Assistant Sub-Inspector.

During an anniversary celebration of so-called Indian ‘independence’ on August 16, the CPI (Maoist) allegedly put up posters and banners in Kerala that urged people to fight for genuine independence from imperialism. The posters also supported an ongoing strike in the area.

Brazil

Public employees, students, teachers, and workers erupted in mass protest in Brazil on August 18 and 19 against so-called ‘reforms’ in a federal legislative bill that would strip labor rights and reduce promotions of public workers, paving the way for further attacks on all workers. Teachers also held a day-long strike in Rio de Janeiro. A support committee for A Nova Democracia, a Brazilian democratic news service, also distributed copies of the paper. Protesters carried banners reading “Oppose the funding cuts in education!” and “Down with financial cuts! Defend public and free universities!”

Last week, multiple groups carried out solidarity actions in support of the League of Poor Peasants (LCP, Liga dos Camponeses Pobres), who have been facing increased repression including the murder of three peasants by the government. The LCP face this repression because they lead the poor peasantry in the struggle for land and agrarian revolution against the latifundium, or big landlords, who exploit and repress the peasants, keeping them in poverty. The criminal case against the murderers was dismissed on August 13, sparking the recent outcry. Many progressive organizations have denounced the murders and students raised a banner during the mass protests against funding cuts on August 18 reading “Punishment to the murderers of Amarildo, Amaral and Kevin! Long live the Agrarian Revolution! Long live the LCP!”

On August 18, activists from the revolutionary organization Red Mangrove Collective (Coletivo Mangue Vermelho) agitated with A Nova Democracia newspapers in the capital of Pernambuco, raising awareness of the four unjustly arrested peasants and the LCP. The activists held a banner reading “Freedom for the 4 political prisoners of Rondonia, Long live the LCP!” and received enthusiastic responses from passersby.

Graffiti was seen in support of the LCP reading “Long live the LCP! Death to the latifundio [large landlords]! Down with the military government of genocidal [president] Bolsonaro!”

Germany

In Bremen, flyers were documented from the revolutionary organization Red Collective Bremen, reading, “Don’t vote, combat and resist!”, this was published along with a leaflet from the collective advocating for a complete election boycott as well as reconstitution of the Communist Party of Germany.

Finland

In Turku, an antifascist protest was held on August 18 to oppose a fascist event called “188 Flower Flow.” This name and date is a reference to a 2017 stabbing in the city where two women were killed and eight others sustained injuries as well as intentional fascist numerology (18 = Adolf Hitler, 88 = Heil Hitler). There was a heavy police presence, with nearly 10 police vehicles and dozens of riot police to “maintain public order and safety,” the police force generally treating the antifascists as the supposed “threat.” Anti-fascist demonstrators shouted slogans at the fascists, with the support of a drum group, managing to severely disrupt the event.

United States

Graffiti was documented in the Pittsburgh area reading “People’s Justice for Romir Talley.” Talley was killed by Wilkinsburg police officer Robert Gowans in December 2019. Talley’s family and activists have continued to fight for Gowans’s arrest.

Further actions were documented in support of the international campaign to defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo, who is facing renewed attempts to assassinate him. View our full coverage of these actions in our article, “More Actions in International Campaign to Defend the Life of Chairman Gonzalo.”

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